Lions Peak Vineyards
Winemaker, Owner and Sommelier of Lions Peak Vineyards, Jennifer
Arant, has created a portfolio of small lot, hand-crafted Bordeaux and Rhône
wines. A native Texan and former professional ASID interior designer, Arant
would be the first to tell you how a trip to Paso Robles on Valentine’s Day in
1991 changed her life forever. Being an avid storyteller, she will entertain you
with her early years of living at Lions Peak’s 120 acre vineyard to having the
first downtown tasting room in Paso Robles. It was truly a time before Paso
Robles wines became highly sought after and were recognized by the Wine
Enthusiast as being wines from the best growing region in California.
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For Jennifer Arant, owning a vineyard and winery, is a dream that Jennifer has worked hard to achieve. As Owner of Lions Peak Vineyards and Winery, Jennifer has been responsible for the development of the brand. Continuing education at UC Davis and Cal Poly have assisted, but Jennifer would be the first to tell you that the hands on experience that she has had from the vineyard to wine tasting to traveling from the wine regions in the US to France and South Africa have been most beneficial.
Jennifer grew up in West Texas where her family for many generations had farmed land in Haskell, Texas. The family’s farm was planted in cotton, wheat, maize, and corn, and the family even had the thrill of striking oil for a brief period. So as a child the love of the country and the wide-open spaces were a part of her heritage. She even remembers the cotton fields that were irrigated by her cousin especially since he let her play in the well waters and observe the importance of caring for the family’s crops.
When she was about four, her parents moved from Haskell to Abilene, Texas where her Father had a management position for the West Texas Chamber of Commerce, and her Mother was a Math teacher. We were a typical West Texas family with traditional values, Jennifer said. She went to Crockett Elementary, Jefferson Junior High, and Copper High School, all in Abilene, Texas. Even at an early age Jennifer was active in the arts from choir, art, piano, voice, and artistic design; therefore, it was not unusual to seek a career in the arts.
Jennifer went to Baylor University and finished her BA Degree at the University of Texas at Denton, Texas with a Major in Art/ Interior Design. She is a professional member of ASID and has had a successful career in interior design. She has been published in Texas Homes for her work on Theta Designer show houses in Dallas, Texas, and she has received numerous awards for model home and residential design.
Jennifer attended Graduate School at Tarleton State University with a double major in Art and English and received a teaching credential in addition to her graduate studies.
She has also been a member of the 500 Club and Symphony Guild in Dallas, Texas. Jennifer has also been a member and officer of the American Association of University Women, North County Symphony League, Sisters of the Vine, and is recognized in Who’s Who in Interior Design and Who’s Who Women in Business. Her experience has also included hosting a Central Coast California radio talk show where she talks about wine and wine education.