Penn Valley, Calif. – This Thursday, Lifetime Television will feature Pilot Peak Winery as the event destination and backdrop to a new episode of “On the Road with Austin and Santino.”
The reality show follows “Project Runway” breakout stars and fashion designers Austin Scarlett and Santino Rice as they travel to and immerse themselves in the culture of small towns across America. At each location, the duo fight deadlines, regional hardships and sometimes each other to create a very special outfit for a woman celebrating a milestone event.
For this week’s episode, “Bottled Up,” a crew of nearly forty descended up on the small Penn Valley winery owned and operated by Lynn and Jacque Wilson and Len and Nancy Stevens.
The winery was selected from among hundreds across the nation and filming took place over several weeks in July. The episode captures the serene and rustic charm of the Gold Country of California and highlights Pilot Peak’s cedar and stone accented buildings and tree-lined terraces as well as their new downtown Grass Valley tasting room.
Making the episode even more exciting for co-owner and winery event planner Jacque Wilson was the fact that the dress and the party were actually a surprise in honor of her 60th birthday. “The entire process was so incredible and so much fun,” she says.
Wilson, who handles all event-planning, marketing, packaging and customer relations for the winery, was treated to pre-event primping by hair expert Johnny LaVoy from NYC and a makeup artist flown in from Dallas. Still, Wilson felt the best part of the experience was to share the fruits of their labor and showcase the winery, the regional beauty and their new tasting room.
“We’re just so proud of what we’ve done in the years since opening in 2004,” she continues. Adding to this sense of pride is the opening of The Grass Valley Wine Co., which features the wine of Bent Metal, Montoliva, Pilot Peak and Solune. Pilot Peak has also won countless awards for its wine, including Gold Medal awards at several California State Fairs.
The Grass Valley Wine Co. tasting room is located at 151 Mill St in Grass Valley, CA. Pilot Peak is located at 12888 Spenceville Road in Penn Valley, CA.