Peter Mateus and his three sisters were raised by his parents in the San Fernando Valley. He was first introduced to agriculture while visiting his eldest sister at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. These trips opened his eyes to the quality of life farming could offer on the Central Coast. He was able to follow his sisters’ footsteps and attend Cal Poly while earning a degree in Agricultural Business. His path to farming first took a detour to winery production while working as a cellar hand for Ken Volk, a pioneer for central coast winemaking.
In 2013, Peter refocused on a career in farming and started from the ground up. He worked a full growing season through an FLC on the Bien Nacido Vineyards property, starting with Suckering and ending with Harvest. He soon became Assistant Vineyard Manager under Chris Hammel. He spent 3 years gathering knowledge and experience farming world class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Peter then took a Vineyard Manager role with neighboring site, Rancho Sisquoc. After 3 years of farming and living on property with his wife while raising their first son, Peter took his current role as Vineyard Manager for Jackson Family Wines. Here he tends to vineyards in Santa Rita and Los Alamos, with a strong focus for Brewer-Clifton Vineyards.
Peter was first introduced to Greg’s wine in 2013 while he and a friend visited the Brewer-Clifton Tasting Room in Lompoc. “I had an instant admiration for these Single Vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Wines. From that day, I always held Brewer-Clifton as the benchmark for premium wines from Santa Rita. To be able to work with Greg on these sites is something I take a huge honor in. Greg’s compassion, dedication to his craft, and unmatched work ethic is very inspiring,”
Peter lives on the Central Coast with his wife and two sons. They value the outdoors that this area has to offer. The Mateus family enjoys spending their time together at the beach, on local hiking trails, or barbecuing in the backyard with friends.