Phantom Rivers




Summer: Open 7 days/week, Sun -Thurs 12-5, Fri 12-8, Sat. 12-6 Winter: Monday, Thursday 12-5, Friday 12-6, Saturday & Sunday 12-5 Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Tasting Fee

$12 refundable upon a purchase of two bottles or $15 Reserve Flight refundable upon a $60 purchase

Contact Info

805-481-9463 ph
805-481-9462 fx



211 E. Branch Street
Arroyo Grande, CA 93455
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John Thunen

John has been making wine at home for most of his adult life - which, considering his age, has been a long time. For his first career, John chose physics. After receiving his PhD in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona in 1970, he directed research and development of remote sensing satellite systems. He took the opportunity of an early retirement in 1998 so that he could devote more time to his passion for winemaking (among other things). In 2004, after several successful years of home winemaking, John demonstrated his naivety by agreeing to be a general partner and winemaker for Phantom Rivers Wines. Nine years and 20,000+ cases of wine later John's decision has been validated by over 30 awards for more than twelve different Central Coast wine varietals. John plans many more years of making premium wines while celebrating his decision to select a better-paying profession for his first career.