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Robert Hall Winery bought by one of California’s largest wine producers

Milisa Lass, left, pours wine for customers at the Robert Hall Winery tasting room in a 2007 photo.
Milisa Lass, left, pours wine for customers at the Robert Hall Winery tasting room in a 2007 photo. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Robert Hall Winery on Paso Robles’ east side has been purchased by O’Neill Vintners & Distillers, one of the state’s largest wine producers, for an undisclosed sum, O’Neill announced Tuesday.

The sale comes two years after the death of Robert Hall, who founded the winery in 1999 with his wife, Margaret, and grew it to become the fifth-largest in the region, winning numerous accolades including Golden State Winery of the Year by the California State Fair in 2010.

The deal includes Robert Hall’s stately hospitality center, production facilities, brands, inventory, 160 acres of vineyards and the renowned 19,000-square-foot caverns. The winery produces about 60,000 cases per year.

O’Neill, which has its winery in the Fresno area and is headquartered in Marin County, is the seventh-largest wine producer in California by volume, with a dozen national brands, premier custom and bulk wine production, contract brandy production and controlling interests in 15,000 acres of vineyards across the Central Valley and Central Coast.

“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to further expand our presence in one of the most important wine regions in California,” CEO Jeff O’Neill said. “Paso Robles wines are known for their tremendous quality, and Robert Hall Winery has been at the forefront of that movement. We look forward to building on the impressive legacy of Robert, Margaret and their staff.”

Margaret Hall, who became sole owner after her husband’s death, called O’Neill the perfect fit to take the winery to the next level.

“Just like us, O’Neill Vintners is family-owned and run with an unwavering commitment to quality and sustainability,” she said. “I can’t think of a better steward for Robert Hall, and I know the winery will be in good hands with O’Neill Vintners at the helm.”

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