“I’m a farmer to the bone. The sunrise is truly my spiritual awakening. I draw strength from the growing light as it caps the hilltops and draws down the ridgelines, contrasting with the morning shadows. As the light stretches onto our low-lying vineyards, I see the waking vines, knowing that they are collecting energy and building upon their fruit. It’s the sunlit vineyards that nudge me from the comfort of morning coffee with my wife and send me down the hill to the vineyards to start my workday.”
– Kurt Gollnick, Chief Operating Officer (& wife Janet)
The first 2,500 acres of the rugged Pinnacles were made a national monument in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt. Since 1908, the monument significantly increased in size to 26,000 acres and in 2013 President Barack Obama designated the expansive terrain as a national park.
Pinnacles National Park was once a spring and fall home to the Chalone and Mutsun tribes. The national park is now a popular spot for outdoor activities ranging from hiking to birdwatching to stargazing to rock climbing. It is also a perfect outdoor classroom for lessons in geology, botany and biology.
The unique topography and geographic diversity of Pinnacles National Park leads to an equally diverse range of flora and fauna. For example, Pinnacles National Park has 149 bird species, 69 butterfly species, and 400 bee species inhabiting its boundaries, the most bee diversity of anywhere on earth. 14 of California’s 24 bat species make their home at Pinnacles National Park. It is home to the California condor, the big-eared kangaroo rat, the Gabilan slender salamander, the Pinnacles shield-back katydid, and the Pinnacles riffle beetle.