Set along the western-most boundaries of Paso Robles, California, surrounded by the wild, and wide-open Santa Lucia Mountain Range of the Central Coast, Halter Ranch is a 2,700-acre nature estate dedicated to land, art, and legendary terroir-driven wine. Envisioned by Swiss entrepreneur, philanthropist, and world-leading land conservationist, Hansjörg Wyss, the estate is an homage to his mother, Alice, and a haven for the natural world to flourish and deliver exceptional, timeless wines.
Hansjörg Wyss purchased the original property in 2000, renovated the 19th-century Victorian farmhouse, and enlarged the vineyard. The estate spans over 2,700 acres, with 200 acres of sustainably produced wine grapes, 10 acres of walnuts, and organically certified 17 acres of olives.
Halter Ranch produces 100% estate-grown Rhône and Bordeaux-style wines. Primary wines produced are 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 200 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: 2022
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.
Harvest Method: Hand harvested & Machine Harvested