The Nipomo Wine Group was created in 2004 by four couples who share a passion for making wine and enjoying the life style of the California Central Coast. Each one brings a unique skill to the company which includes: wine making, business administration, marketing, scientific theory, cooking, and wine & food pairing.
The name Phantom Rivers was selected for as it pertains to the misty fog that evaporates into the air. Streams of fog flow in and out of the valleys and wind their way up the old maritime valleys hugging the courses of ancient rivers. This fog cools the vineyards at night and early morning which extends the hang time of the grapes on the vine. This all adds to the distinctive flavors and complexities of Central Coast Wines.
The tasting room is in the village of Arroyo Grande in a historic 100 year old home with decks and porches. Every first Friday of the month are special events, including barrel tastings, seminars or blending classes.
John Thunen, PhD. ins the winemaker and has had an extensive career in the aerospace industry during which time he stayed “grounded” by making wine. During the past 30 years, John has honed his skills as an exceptional winemaker in much the same way he did as a Physicist, using scientific method coupled with natural artistic ability.
Steve Mathis is the current president of Phantom Rivers and is also responsible for marketing. Linda Thunen is our secretary and treasurer, and compliance officer. Gary Smith is our assistant winemaker, Diana Smith is in charge of our website and merchandise, Susan Mathis is the promotional marketing manager, and John and Kerri Klacking are the Nevada expansion team.