Halter Ranch Gallery

At the base of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range lies a 2,700-acre Oak preserve and vineyard. The historic property is a diverse natural environment where only a small percentage of the property is dedicated to farming and structures.

Landscapes & Nature

The biodiversity of the ranch is maintained by leaving over 90% of the property as a wildlife habitat and preserved oak woodland. Planting on only a small portion of the property’s acreage preserves a diverse environment, mitigating the effects of a monoculture. Oaks have not been removed for vineyards; they are integrated into the ranch. Nestled in the middle of the vineyard is our Ancestor Tree, the world’s largest Coast Live Oak on record and estimated to be over 700 years old.

Le Jardin du Chef

Le Jardin du Chef received Organic Certification from the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) in 2021 and, since then, has developed into a thriving ecosystem. Seasonal fruits, vegetables, and flowers are harvested all year round for the Culinary Program, Le Jardin at Halter Ranch. The 1-acre plot is tended by Estate Culinary Farmer Haley Trengove along with the direction from Chef Paul Arangorin. Halter Ranch aims to set the foundation for a completely sustainable dining experience with goals of raising the animals and growing 80% of the food on guests’ plates. 

Architecture & Historic Spaces

As guests enter the Halter Ranch property, the beautiful Swiss replica covered bridge connects the old with the new. From the renovated 19th century Victorian farmhouse, historic barn and retrofitted silo barn event venue to the state-of-the-art modern winery facility, wine caves, and tasting room.

Vineyard

The estate vineyard was founded in 1996 and now encompasses the pre-existing Safflower fields at its present 200 acres. Twenty grape varieties at Halter Ranch occupy the steepest, most south-facing slopes on the property, which reach an elevation of 1,950 feet and provide excellent sun exposure.

There are 6.93-acres of Grenache Blanc planted on the ranch.

Winery

Halter Ranch completed a new state-of-the-art winery in 2011 utilizing a multi-level gravity flow system. Gravity flow allows the winemaker to handle the fruit in the gentlest way possible, by preventing the pumping of skins and seeds. The winery’s night air-cooling, natural lighting, and 20,000 square feet of caves are integral to its energy efficiency and sustainability. Cool mass provided by the limestone in the hillside, along with concrete in the walls of the cave, stabilizes the temperature at 56 degrees while maintaining ideal humidity for wine storage. As of 2020 100% of the winery's energy needs are covered by the 1,026 solar panels on the property, the solar system is estimated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 522 metric tons annually.