Santa Margarita Ranch AVA—Would you like some courage with your Cabernet? A little muscle with your Merlot? A chance to show you can do a lot more than pull corks?

Then come out to Ancient Peaks Winery’s estate Margarita Vineyard in the Santa Margarita Ranch AVA of Paso Robles, where you can experience the upcoming Spartan San Luis Obispo 50k Ultra, 21k Beast and 10k Super Obstacle Course Races (OCR) on March 14-15, 2020.

In fact, the crew at Ancient Peaks is already training the only way they know how, and they have launched a new tongue-in-cheek video for aspiring participants: 

“Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo County are known for their world-class wines, renegade spirit and rugged coastal terrain,” said Christopher Taranto, communications director for the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance and one of the stars of the video. “The Spartan race weekend is a perfect showcase for what makes our wine region so distinctive.”

“Spartan” is the leader in extreme wellness, OCR and endurance events. All of the March 14-15 races take place at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch, and the course winds right through the vines of Margarita Vineyard. In total, the weekend is expected to attract more than 7,000 racers and 1,500 spectators. Ancient Peaks wines will be available for sampling at the event.

In addition to the more advanced Ultra, Beast and Super obstacle races, there is also the Spartan San Luis Obispo Trail Half Marathon and 10k on March 15—a no-obstacle traditional trail running race through rugged wilderness, overseen by legendary race directors from the sport. The weekend will also feature ½-mile, 1-mile and 2-mile Spartan Kids courses for ages four to 14.

“We are honored to have Spartan recognize our ranch as a land of wine and adventure,” said Amanda Wittstrom-Higgins, VP of Operations at Ancient Peaks Winery. “We see wine as a healthy part of an active lifestyle, and we cannot wait to put ourselves to the test.”

Added Chuck Davison, president & CEO of Visit SLO CAL, “Visit SLO CAL is excited to sponsor the Spartan Race and deliver it to the wine region of San Luis Obispo County for the first time. We believe that investing in events like this allows us to expose our destination to new travelers and grow the awareness of SLO CAL as a place to visit. Spartan Race attendees, focused on all the outdoors has to offer, are a perfect fit for our adventure destination.”

Spartan San Luis Obispo Ultra, Beast and Super:

Spartan San Luis Obispo Trail Half Marathon and 10k:

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About Ancient Peaks Winery

Ancient Peaks is a family-owned winery specializing in wines from our sustainably farmed estate Margarita Vineyard in Paso Robles on California’s Central Coast. Margarita Vineyard stands alone as the southernmost vineyard in the Paso Robles AVA, nestled into the rugged Santa Lucia Mountain Range just 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The name Ancient Peaks honors the tall peaks surrounding Margarita Vineyard, which were forged by the collision of the coastal plates. Over time, these same geologic forces blessed us with five distinct soil zones—ancient sea bed, rocky alluvium, shale, volcanic and granitic—that bring natural complexity to our wines. Our tasting room is located in Santa Margarita. Visit for more information.

About Spartan

With more than 250 events across more than 40 countries on six continents, Spartan is the world’s largest obstacle course race (OCR) and endurance brand. Providing transformation through sport, Spartan attracts more than one million annual participants across all fitness levels, from beginners to elite. More than five million participants have finished Spartan events, creating a lifestyle that extends beyond races including health and wellness products, training and nutrition programs, and popular media content, which has made OCR one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Spartan events feature races at various distances, Stadion and Sprint: 5k and 20 Obstacles; Super: 10k and 25 Obstacles; Beast: half marathon and 30 Obstacles; and Ultra: 50k and 60 obstacles. Visit for more information and registration.