Former Navy fighter pilot and 2-time TOPGUN Instructor turned winemaker.

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  • About
    As a former Navy Fighter Pilot, I like to work hard and fly hard but I also like to have a good time. For me, wine has always been fun; a social beverage to enjoy with good food and great conversation. At Volatus, my mission is simple- create delicious wines to share with friends and family. In 2004, Hal Schmitt, a former naval aviator and TOPGUN instructor, decided to follow his dream of becoming a winemaker. With more than nine years of experience as a wine enthusiast who gave his free time and assistance to a friend’s vineyard in Paso Robles, he made the decision to begin his own wine venture. With the initial purchase of a ton of syrah grapes, Hal began the transition from enjoying wine as a hobby to enjoying wine as a profession. The year 2006 saw the launch of the Volatus brand with its 2004 Reserve Red Wine, a blend of Paso Robles syrah and malbec grapes. Volatus’ first offering was a great combination of quality fruit, the finest French oak and expert winemaking. As a member of one of the world’s most exclusive clubs, TOPGUN, Hal thrives on meeting every challenge with nothing but complete dedication and a perfectionist spirit. It is with this spirit that he offers Volatus, which means “to take flight” in Latin, hoping to bring his passion for flying to the consumer via this premium wine.

  • Wines Produced
    Bordeaux-Style Blend
    Cabernet Franc
    Cabernet Sauvignon
    Petit Verdot
    Petite Sirah
    Pinot Noir
    Red Blend
    Red Rhône-Style Blend
    White Rhône-Style Blend
  • Events

    46 West Wine Safari Weekend

    Sat – Sun | Mar 9 – 10, 2024
    Drink Wine. Help Animals. Join the Wineries of the 46 West in raising funds to support Conservation Ambassadors, home of Zoo to You, a Central Coast non-profit organization whose mission is to rescue... View Event Details >
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  • Military, Veteran and First Responders

    We offer 2 for 1 tastings to active Military, Veteran, and first responders. Tastings are waived with a bottle purchase and Military, Veteran and First responders receive 10% off wine purchases.