The original vineyard was planted in 1970. There are some neat history and stories that Bill will share with any of his patrons that come out to visit him.There are still vines from that original planting — Old Vine Zinfandel, and Old Vine Petite Sirah. Since purchasing the property in 1999 they have made additional plantings, and now have 11 different varieties planted. They are primarily growers, and sell about 85% – 90% of their wine grapes to other wineries. Here are some of the views from the patio…
They were home wine makers, and opened their commercial winery in 2008. Their plan was to remain small, and focus on their handcrafted estate wines. They presently make 23 different wines, including Old Vine Zin and Petite Sirah, 2 other Zins, all 5 Bordeaux varieties, Sangiovese & a Super Tuscan, Grenache, numerous unique blends, and 3 different Port wines. In 2003 they planted 160 olive trees, so now you can taste their estate olive oil too!
Their twins, Anna & Adam, were 3 years old when they moved to the vineyard, and the twins now have just finished their sophomore years in college – how time flies. They love to help in the vineyard and winery when they are home on breaks and for the summer. Next year will be old enough to help in the tasting room.
Their primary winery is an old metal Butler building, and they have renovated the front into a very nice tasting room. They extended the patio to give more room for people to sit and enjoy the beautiful views, since they are the highest vineyard on the east side.
Teresa and Bill are the owners, growers, wine makers, etc., and you will usually meet one of them pouring wine and olive oil in the tasting room. Bill was kind enough to allow me to come in, and take photos and talk to him about his winery, vineyard, olive orchard.
They have one employee for the vineyard – Ricardo, and he has been with them for many years. They bring in crews for pruning, thinning, harvesting, etc. It’s a beautiful place and Bill is great, and so easy to talk to, he has great passion for his land!
Anna and Adam (the twins) were in 4H and FFA, and for years they raised goats or steers for auction at the Mid-State Fair, in Paso Robles, CA – using the proceeds for their college funds. That led the family to purchase 3 black angus heifers a number of years ago. The “herd” is now 6, with 3 cows and 3 heifers – and all should be carrying calves at this point. Thus, their “herd” could grow to 12 by year’s end. They also sold 3 steers earlier this year.
Saturday August 6th is the Central Coast Beef & Wine Festival at Halter Ranch
. They are one of 10 wineries that also raise cattle, and will be featured at the event. It is a fundraiser for Must Charities, and the Cattle Women Agricultural Education Scholarships. There will be food, wine, music, etc., at the event.