Musically Inspired, Hand Crafted Wines
Located off the beautiful Highway 46 West Wine Trail, Hunt Cellars has become one of the most highly acclaimed wineries in California, since opening their tasting room in 1999. Cabernet Sauvignon brought owner and winemaker David Hunt to Paso Robles, tasting local purveyors before venturing out on his own. With the rich diversity in soils and superb growing climate, Hunt fell in love with the unspoiled charm of the area.
“I never thought I would be in the wine businesses, but seeing the beauty of the wine and the happiness it creates, it’s one of the most rewarding decisions I ever made,” said Hunt.
Producing their first releases in 1997, the Hunt family decided to name their vineyard, “Destiny Vineyards,” in honor of their baby girl Destiny. Using only the best and rarest mountain-grown fruit, sample their 2010 “CabOvation” Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, with notes of sweet, lush black wild cherries, black currant and toasty oak. Regularly hosting winemaker dinners, Hunt will often perform his music, offering limited-edition wine and music packages that will dance on your palate.
Wine for the Senses
Moving to California in the 1970s to pursue music, David Hunt is first and foremost a musician. Falling in love with the artistry, wine went from a hobby to a passion, fusing his two crafts into a symbiotic relationship. From “Rhapsody in Red” to “Bon Vivant,” Hunt is “living the good life,” represented in each of his premium wines. When visiting, guests can experience the sensory delight first hand in the tasting room, including tastings of their Grand Reserve wines, aged three years in barrel and bottle before released.
“The word ‘wow’ is the most heard statement in our tasting room. There is a certain magic with our wines,” said Hunt.
While Hunt may be blind, his senses are fully engaged, blending by sound. Pitch changes as volume goes into the glass, able to fill a bottle of wine by sound and its differentials. Hunt invites you to experience this in their 2014 “Moonlight Sonata” Chardonnay, hand crafted with tropical overtones and taste of apples, pears, peaches, papayas, mangos, melons and butter-scotch. Creamy with a long lasting mouth feel, this style wine has become the trademark at Hunt Cellars.
“When making wine, I turn on my other sensors, blending wine by sound and taste,” said Hunt. “I’ve been given a blessing to make world-class wines.”
Handcrafted in small lots on their 550-acre site, Hunt Cellars wine receives extended barrel aging, producing some of the best California cult wines due to the area’s unique topography and soil composition. Affectionately referred to as the “Rock Cottage,” guests can enjoy barrel tastings in the cellar, as well as piano and live music in their newly remodeled tasting room. From Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and varietal Ports, Hunt Cellars believes that great wine starts with the best fruit.
“I give the wines everything they need, until I cannot make it any better,” said Hunt. “It is about passion, hard work and always striving for the best in our winemaking.”
Combining Old Word and New Word techniques, the 2014 Limited Edition “Imagination” Pinot Noir was awarded California’s Pinot Noir of the Year in the 2016 Food & Beverage Awards. The Reserve is deep in color, with beautiful lush fruit flavors of sweet strawberry, cherry, dried raspberry with hints of chocolate. Using extended cold fermentation and New World stomping techniques, the wine is brought to a higher level of taste, flavor and backbone.
Join Hunt Cellars on the weekend for their wildly popular “BBQ Bites” – a feast of Santa Maria inspired BBQ, smoked on a traditional oak spit. From sausage to prime rib and stuffed mushrooms, guests can enjoy a feast for the senses on their beautiful patio.