As a former navy fighter pilot, i like to work hard and fly hard but i also like to have a good time.  
For me, wine has always been fun; a social beverage to enjoy with good food and great conversation.
At volatus, my mission is simple - create delicious wines to share with friends and family.

 

The Wine

Now shipping to over 35 states including: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

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The Crew

The Volatus story began with a chance meeting in the late 1990’s. LT Hal Schmitt, a young Navy Fighter Pilot, was out wine tasting in the rugged hills of West Paso Robles. While at Midnight Cellars, he met local winemaker Rich Hartenberger and offered his assistance during the upcoming harvest. Just two weeks later, Rich and Hal processed their first fruit together and forged a deep and lasting friendship.

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Updates and News

Four new wines officially hit the street today.  The 2014 Fox Three, the 2014 TOPGUN Cuvee, the 2015 Pinot Noir, and the 2015 CAVU are all ready to go.  Over 300 cases total, this release is a huge deal for a small, family-run operation like ours.  We decided a few years ago to increase production and update/modernize our label design.  This release realizes both of those goals.  Cheers! 

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