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


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.


Updates and News

Three wines released this week from our February 1st bottling. The 2015 Fox-3 Grenache/Syrah blend is joined by two new wines to the Volatus lineup.

The 2015 Bloody Well Right is 100% Tannat and the 2015 Hero Dog blend of Syrah/Grenache benefits the Battle Buddy Foundation.

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