Celebrating 20 Years of Conservation, Sustainability, and Wine Excellence

This year we celebrate the 20th year of Halter Ranch. For the past 20 years, Halter Ranch has continued to lead the industry in conservation, sustainability, and wine excellence. When Hansjörg Wyss purchased the property in 2000 he named it in honor of his mother Alice Halter. The choice to preserve the majority of Halter Ranch as a natural oak reserve is something we continue to honor, incorporating the natural landscape into the design of the vineyard and producing wine under the (SIP) Sustainability in Practice label. Much of the modern architecture on the property is reminiscent of Wyss’ Swiss upbringing for example our iconic Covered Bridge, state-of-the-art Winery, and beautiful Tasting Room. We continue to innovate and look toward the future while also respecting the past of this historic property. We have seen many wonderful milestones over the years. See our list of Halter Ranch’s 20 best moments.

2000: Hansjörg Wyss purchases the historic MacGillivray Ranch
2000: Expansion of the vineyard into existing Safflower fields
2003: Restoration of the historic Victorian Farmhouse
2003: First Tasting Room opens
2003: First vintage of our flagship wine, Ancestor
2005: Our first member event, an Ice Cream Social
2008: Halter Ranch becomes SIP Certified
2009: Covered Bridge Completed
2011: New Winery Construction Completed
2012: Wine Caves Completed
2012: Ranch expands to over 2,100 acres with 82% of the property dedicated to conservation
2015: Excursion Tour wins Sunset Magazine Best Vineyard Experience
2016: California Green Medal Winner
2016: New Tasting Room opens
2017: Replica Swiss Train and tracks installed, circumnavigating the property
2017: Central Coast Wine Competition Winery of the Year
2017: Our Silo Barn restoration opens as wedding venue
2018: Our Olive Oil program expands with new plantings and varieties
2019: Halter Ranch wins Winery of the Year from both the Central Coast Wine Competition and Monterey International Wine Competition
2019: Member Garden officially opens

We are grateful for the members and guests that have joined us along the way, who are as much a part of Halter Ranch’s history as these milestones. We look forward to continuing tradition as well as creating new experiences for all to enjoy! Happy 20th Year!

This year we celebrate the 20th year of Halter Ranch. For the past 20 years, Halter Ranch has continued to lead the industry in conservation, sustainability, and wine excellence.

2003: First vintage of our flagship wine, Ancestor

2009: Covered Bridge Completed

2011: New Winery Construction Completed

2012: Wine Caves Completed

2016: New Tasting Room opens