Halter Ranch is a vineyard and winery located in Paso Robles on California’s Central Coast. It is protected from the ocean by the Santa Lucia Mountain Range. Halter Ranch has a rich history combined with a commitment to quality, science-driven sustainable methods, and environmental stewardship.
Hansjörg Wyss purchased the original property in 2000, renovated the 19th-century Victorian farmhouse and enlarged the vineyard. The estate spans over 2000-acres, with 281-acres of SIP (Sustainability in Practice) Certified wine grapes, 15-acres of walnuts, and 10-acres of olives.
Halter Ranch produces sustainably certified 100% estate-grown Rhône and Bordeaux-style wines. Primary wines produced are a Grenache Blanc, Grenache-based Rosé, CDP (a Rhône style GSM), Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and the flagship Estate Reserve, Ancestor.
Winner of the Environment Award, California Green Medal: Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards.
The estate vineyard was initiated in 1996 and has since been expanded to its present 281 acres. The vines occupy the steepest, most south-facing slopes on the property, which reach an elevation of 1,750 feet, are rich in limestone and provide excellent water drainage and sun exposure.
First Date Planted: 1996
Last Date Planted: 2019
Row Orientations: Varied
Row Spacings: Varied
Trellis Type: Head Trained, VSP (Vertical Shoot Positioning)
Rootstock: 1103P, 110R, 5BB, 420A
Irrigated/Dry Farmed: Irrigated and Dry Farmed
Soil Types: Primarily alluvial Monterey Series (calcareous clay and clay loam, with shale and sandstone deposits), including Ayar, Calodo, Cropley, Los Osos Variant, Nacimiento, Nacimiento-Sorrento, Sorrento, Zaca
Slope Description: Vines occupy the steepest, most south-facing slopes on the property as well as valley floor and one north facing.