Robert Hall Winery
Come Stay Awhile — You’ll Just Want To
The First Impression
As the saying goes, “there is no second chance for a first impression,” and you won’t be disappointed at your first impression of Robert Hall Winery. The people “behind the counter,” being the face of the winery, are warm, friendly, knowledgeable and personable. The staff will make certain your tasting and touring experience is not only memorable, but one that compels you to return, and return with friends. They will greet you eager to pour, tell you about their boutique wines while introducing you to a unique experience.
The Beginning of a Winery
Robert Hall, a Minnesota businessman, entrepreneur and real estate investor, was the founder of Robert Hall Winery. Becoming enamored with wine during a trip to France in the 1970’s, discovering Paso Robles in the 1990’s, Hall planned to build a world class winery in his “retirement.” The initial vintage was in 2001, with the property opening in 2005. During the time since, Robert Hall Winery has become a Paso Robles wine country destination, welcoming visitors to an elegant tasting room, surrounded by vineyards, to sample and enjoy their boutique wines.
Wine and Warmth
You may be familiar with the Robert Hall name because of their retail distributed wines, however, selections being offered on the winery tasting menu are small lot production wines, under the Hall Cavern Select label (total production of about 4,000 cases). The current tasting menu features five wines, with the tasting menu changing monthly. Being limited production wines, you will only be able to sample the Cavern Select brand at the winery, and only purchase them through the winery or wine club.
Winemaker Don Brady has been with Robert Hall Winery since the beginning, and has overseen every vintage since the initial 2001 release. Brady is proud to produce wines he says “are the essence of Paso Robles,” and indeed they are. Grapes sourced for Robert Hall wines come from each of the eleven Paso Robles AVA’s (American Viticultural Areas), truly representing the variety of the Central Coast Wine Country area.
The Three “S’s” Of Visiting
As in the four “S’s” of wine tasting (see, swirl, smell, sip), the three “S’s” of visiting Robert Hall Winery are: Sit, sip, stay – which you will want to do. After our tasting, we just hung around for another hour or so to chill and enjoy the peaceful ambience. The view of the vineyards, the friendliness of the staff, the comfort of the tasting room and the relaxing patio simply calls to you to come, enjoy, rest and leave the stress of the outside world behind while experiencing “the essence of Paso Robles,” and Robert Hall wines.
Facts and Fun
Take a tour of the 16,000 foot wine caverns and production facility (built in 1999). The tour is complimentary with a tasting, and depending on time, you may even be able to do some barrel tasting-educational and very interesting.
To enhance your wine tasting, consider adding a perfectly paired cheese plate, described on your tasting menu.
Create your own charcuterie board to accompany your wine-ask your host!
Child friendly-for children of any age. Sip on the patio overlooking the vineyards; enjoy playing giant chess, jenga, checkers or bocce ball, while you make new friends, as you wine taste and munch.
Be entertained by the Robert Hall Concert Series (mid-spring through mid-fall), Friday evenings 5:30-7:30. Featuring local musicians, local food (BBQ or Food Trucks), and wine, of course.
Voted Paso Robles Winery of the Year in 2017 by the New York International Wine Competition and in 2016 by the Central Coast Wine Competition.
Robert Hall wines have received multiple accolades and awards from: The Central Coast Wine Competition, the Monterey Wine Competition, The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Wine Spectator Magazine and others.
Twenty-one separate varietals are sustainably grown on the 300 acre Hall ranch.
The winery was purchased in 2016 by the O’Neills, a fourth generation winemaking family.