Hearst Ranch Winery
Paso Robles AVA
A small, highly-accoladed winery upholding a legacy of quality with a limited collection of premium wines
Founded by Steve Hearst and Jim Saunders in 2010, Hearst Ranch Winery is located on California’s Central Coast in the coastal town of San Simeon, just north of Cambria and due west of Paso Robles wine country. The winery is a recent addition to the historic and iconic 150,000-acre Hearst Ranch estate, which is home to both the largest cattle operation in San Luis Obispo County and the legendary Hearst Castle, a national historic landmark that was built by William Randolph Hearst (Steve’s great grandfather) beginning in 1919. The Hearst family is also largely known for its billion-dollar media empire, building the nation’s largest newspaper chain and the giant Hearst Communications Company. With Hearst Ranch Winery, the family continues to uphold the Hearst legacy of quality with a boutique collection of award-winning, highly desirable wines from Paso Robles’ best vineyards.
Steve Hearst, the Vice President and General Manager of Hearst’s Western Properties, and Jim Saunders, a Paso Robles developer who has been growing and making wine for years, met at a fundraiser event and realized they shared views on sustainable agriculture, resource protection, and historical preservation. The plans for Hearst Ranch Winery naturally came about and the first wines were released in the spring of 2010. Hearst Ranch Winery has earned some incredible accolades in its short lifespan, including consistent 90+ ratings for its Petite Sirah, and in 2016, it was the only U.S. winery to receive a Gold Medal at the Chardonnay du Monde Competition in France – quite the feat!
Hearst Ranch wines are made by Jim Saunders with the help of Soren Christensen, of Hope Family Wines and Alta Colina, and French-born Guillaume Fabre who started the boutique winery, Clos Solene. Together, they strive to uphold the Hearst legacy of quality with limited collection of premium wines.
Hearst Ranch wines can be tasted at the flagship tasting room inside Sebastian’s General Store in San Simeon. Built in 1852, the space feels luxurious but relaxed, and classy but kick back to provide a quaint and inviting space for visitors from around the world. More recently, the winery opened two additional tasting locations – one on the Jack Ranch in Cholame and another for winery club members in their Paso Robles barrel room.
We hope you one of Hearst Ranch Winery’s latest releases. Cheers!