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 40 states/districts 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, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania,  South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.


The Winemaker

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.


The Tasting Room

After 15 years in the making, Hal and Victoria have found a home to pour our wines! Although we love the ambiance of the working winery as our backdrop, we worked on a place to bring groups, have music, host events and have an officers club vibe complete with dice games and coin rules- so come prepared!
Our hours are Friday - Sunday 11am - 5pm with extended hours during concerts and special events.

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Learn a little bit about Hal and Volatus with this interview on Central Coast Today KSEE24!