Robert Hall, the founder of the Paso Robles winery that bears his name, passed away Saturday according to a letter to the media released Monday morning.
A winery spokesperson says the 85-year-old died peacefully at his home from complications related to an extended illness. Hall fell in love with the idea of winemaking during a trip to the South of France in the 1970s and eventually chose the Central Coast as the location for his vineyards and winery. His vision was realized when he began making wine in 2001.
He is survived by his wife Margaret and his three daughters.
"Margaret will continue running the winery and hospitality operations with the same level of care and attention that guests have come to expect," the media release stated. "Up to his final days, he enjoyed traveling nationally for sales trips, hosting wine events, visiting with guests in the tasting room, and working in the office daily."
Memorial services will be announced at a later date.”