Halter Ranch Vineyard

Halter Ranch Vineyard is located in the heart of the Paso Robles' Westside Adelaida District.

  • About
  • Vineyard Details
  • Varieties Grown
  • Press & Accolades
  • About
    Historic Halter Ranch is a vineyard and winery located in the heart of Paso Robles' Westside Adelaida District. California’s Central Coast Wine Country has ideal conditions for growing superior wine grapes and producing world-class wines. Tradition and innovation mix at Halter Ranch to produce Bordeaux and Rhône-style wines of the highest quality.

    The 2000-acre estate includes 281-acres under vine and the remaining land is set aside for conservation by owner Hansjörg Wyss. Mr Wyss purchased the property in 2000, renovated Smith’s Victorian farmhouse and enlarged the vineyard. In 2011 a new production facility was completed; the state-of-the-art winery uses a multi-level gravity flow system in all aspects of the winemaking process. Gravity flow allows the winemaker to handle the fruit in the gentlest way possible, without pumping, from the destemmer at the top level, into the tanks, and ultimately into the barrel.

    In the vineyard we believe that healthy vines produce better grapes. The emphasis on quality in the vineyard is complemented by a commitment to environmentally responsible grape-growing practices. Farming sustainably means relying whenever possible on organic methods of fertilization, weed removal, pest control and mildew protection. In 2008 Halter Ranch achieved the SIP Certification (Sustainability in Practice), a rigorous, third party review which certifies the winery's commitment to sustainable practices.
  • Vineyard Details
    • 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: 2017
    • Row Orientations: Varied
    • Row Spacings: Varied
    • Trellis Type: Head Trained, VSP (Vertical Shoot Positioning), and VSP with Crossarms
    • Rootstock: 110R, 5BB, 1103P, S04, 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.
    • Aspect: Varied
    • Harvest Method: Hand harvested
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  • Varieties Grown
    • Picpoul Blanc | 7.52 acres

    • Grenache Blanc | 14.8 acres

    • Viognier | 5.65 acres

    • Grenache | 31.59 acres

    • Mourvèdre | 10.3 acres

    • Syrah | 41.32 acres

    • Tannat | 4.63 acres

    • Malbec | 21.76 acres

    • Cabernet Sauvignon | 104.45 acres

    • Petit Verdot | 16.79 acres

    • Petite Sirah | 4.65 acres

    • Tempranillo | 7.51 acres

    • Carignane | 1.48 acres

  • Press & Accolades
  • Accolades

    • 2017 International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing, Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®), Jan 2017, Gold Medal
    • 2016 Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards, California Green Medal, Jun 2016, Green Medal (Environment)