Hunt Cellars

Hunt Cellars
2875 Oakdale Rd
Paso Robles, CA  93446

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Tasting Room Open Daily 10:30-6 summer, 10:30-5:30 winter

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In less than ten years in the winemaking business, Hunt Cellars has struck the right note—not just once, but over and over again. In fact, recently members of the American Wine Society have proclaimed Hunt Cellars the next cult winery, producing bold, world class reds and unique flavor profiles of every wine in its portfolio. A 1998 Zinfandel—the winery’s first-—marked the initial success, earning a 90-point rating from Wine Enthusiast magazine. Additional successes over the years include the 94-rated 2001 Paso Robles Starving Artist Barbera, the 93-rated 2000 Oldie But Goodie Tawny Port, the 93-rated 2003 Rocket Man Zinfandel; and the 90-rated 2000 Good Vibrations Cabernet Sauvignon Port. Gold medal recipients have included: the 2002 Unforgettable Merlot; the 2001 Syrah Hilltop Serenade Reserve; the 2001 Cab-Ovation Reserve; the 2001 Duets; and the 2001 Outlaw Ridge Zinfandel. The 2002 Duets won the Platinum Award-Critics Challenge International.

Accolades, awards, and recognitions are as hearty and robust as Hunt Cellars reds. In fact, every wine in Hunt Cellars’ flight, excluding new releases, has won multi-gold medals, best of class and/or scored between 90 and 94 points. The secret? Hunt Cellars Wine Club Director, Tammy Schaefer, simply shrugs, “We let the wine tell us when it is ready to come out of the barrel.” There’s probably a little more to it than that.

For one thing, Owner/Winemaker David Hunt is said to be a perfectionist by nature. Known for siphoning samples from his wine barrels, David carts them home, and spends evenings mixing them into perfect blends. Unlike most other vintners who blend by the barrel, he chooses to blend by the gallon, a painstaking undertaking that has yielded excellent results. This keen sense of enology, attention to detail, and use of masterful techniques for blending, has paid off for Hunt Cellars.

The tasting room sits just off Highway 46 in West Paso. Peppered with majestic oaks, the grounds invite wine tourers to linger and taste Hunt Cellars award-winning wines and ports while they enjoy the rural landscape. There’s a comfortable large wrap-around veranda that suggests visitors sit a spell. And they often do. A white grand player piano sits center stage inside the tasting room, reminding guests of David’s illustrious background as a musician. Hunt Cellars’ portfolio of wines and ports offers another reminder: most bear music-related names. Perhaps what is most unusual about David is that he is legally blind. Although he hates to inconvenience others, David does admit that his lack of sight has most likely enabled him to keenly develop his others senses—especially his sense of smell and taste.

Future plans include developing a new colonial-style tasting room with banquet facilities, and later, building a high-end dude ranch with 28 casitas. For now, wine tourers are content to spend time in the current tasting room that feels like a friendly and timeless stone cottage. The long wine tasting table, handcrafted by David and his sons, serves as an intimate dining table for winemaker’s evenings, when David gives guests a personal concert from his piano just a few yards away. As a nightcap they indulge in Hunt Cellars most decadent of tasting room delights, the Chocolate Zinfandel Port Shooter. Gourmet dark chocolate cups brim with their award-winning Zinfandel Port. It makes for a truly tasteful end to a harmonious touring day.


Hunt Cellars

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Tasting Room: No

Complimentary Tastings: No

Tastings — By Appointment Only: No

Tours: No

Tours — By Appointment Only: No

Private Tours: No

VIP & Educational Experiences: No

Exceptional Views: No

Club Member Lounge: No

Restaurant / Deli: No

Food / Wine Pairings: No

Gift Shop: No

Wedding Facilities: No

Event Facilities: No

Corp. Meetings: No

Guest House on Premises: No

Lawn Games: No

Family Friendly: No

Pet Friendly: No

Family Owned and Operated: No

Wine Cave: No

Art/Architectural Interest: No

Sustainable Practices: No

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