Upon discovery of the Knights Valley Ranch in 1982, Sir Peter Michael pledged his 100×100 vision for the ranch and winery to remain under family stewardship for 100 years.

“When I looked at the creek, looked at the mountain, and listened to the noise of the birds, I thought this is the most extraordinary place on earth. But I couldn’t have imagined just how well it would work and how lucky I was to have found it.”
Sir Peter Michael

Sir Peter and Lady Michael

Peter Michael is an engineer by training, an entrepreneur by daring, and a vintner by adventurous intent. Born in 1938, Peter grew up in Croydon, in South London, not far from Charing Cross. Following meeting Maggie at a ballroom dance class and later marrying, he founded a variety of businesses, ranging from technology to broadcasting, culminating in the establishment of his eponymously named winery in 1987. In 1989, Peter Michael was knighted Sir Peter Michael by Queen Elizabeth II of England.

Paul and Emily Michael

Emily accompanied Paul Michael to the Knights Valley Ranch for the first time in 1996, shortly after their engagement. The ranch was by then a second home to Paul, who helped plant the first 16 acres of Les Pavots vineyard in 1989 when he was 18 years old. Today, both visit the ranch seasonally. Their three children, Elliot, Anna, and Mylo, have enjoyed annual visits since infancy.

While entrusting the teams to daily operations, Paul and Emily play an integral role in the winery’s development and the sustaining of its culture.

Elliot, Anna and Mylo

Paul and Emily's three children have visited the ranch every year, deepening the relationship with the land and upholding the family 100 x 100 commitment.

I think for the children, it’s in their blood now. They’ve seen the progression; they’ve been part of it and I think the land here is a part of them. I don’t think there’s any question of us reaching one hundred years in our family.
Emily Michael
The vineyards reach elevations of 2,000 ft (610 meters).
The wines are crafted with restrained intervention, capturing essence of place and vintage.
The unpredictability of nature dictates yields.