Midnight Cellars Winery, home to the Hartenberger family and their small production of award-winning Paso Robles wines. The 28 acre estate vineyard is situated in the newly established Willow Creek District, known for its strong marine influence, mountainous landscape and calcareous soils. This climate, topography and soil composition create an environment for growing quality, low-yield, sustainably farmed grapes. Planted on south facing slopes are Bordeaux varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec; terraced is eight acres of Zinfandel and a five acre lot of Chardonnay. Known for their true to character straight varietals, Midnight Cellars also produces highly acclaimed blends, including the flagship Full Moon Red, and reserves including Mare Nectaris and Zenith Estate Cuvee.

The Midnight adventure began on a family vacation to Northern California. As father and son were sipping wine and overlooking a beautiful valley, the casual comment was made: “Hey Dad, you should buy a winery when you retire, and we’ll run it for you!” As fate would have it two years later, when Dad’s retirement became a reality, the winery idea resurfaced. The family sold their Chicago homes and converged on Paso Robles where they started their dream venture, Midnight Cellars Winery. In 1995 they purchased their 160 acre ranch in Paso Robles, which is now home to three generations of Hartenbergers.

As a family owned and operated winery for twenty one years, Midnight Cellars prides itself in providing fine wines at enjoyable prices.

Learn more at http://www.midnightcellars.com/

View our varietals below.

  • Full Moon Red


    Beautifully clean, ripe, and fruity on the nose. Red fruits abound as the wine greets your palate. A wonderfully balanced mouthfeel leads to an amazing array of flavors. Blackberries, spice and stewed red fruit cascade about the tongue. The wine finishes fresh and fruity. This is our shut up please be quiet and drink it wine. Don't study it, don't age it. Buy it, bring it home and drink it with burgers, pizza, spaghetti or just by itself!
  • Estate Chardonnay


    Your nose will capture the essence of this 100% Estate Chardonnay right away. Note the minerality and the clean aroma this wine presents. The body is crisp with fresh cut green apples, hand squeezed tangerines and racy Asian Pears. After months in oak barrels, this wine is rounded with a luscious touch of vanilla. It’s not too oaky, it’s not too buttery… it’s just right!

    88 Points- Wine Enthusiast (2017 Vintage)
  • Estate Merlot


    Dark purple. A deeply perfumed bouquet evokes ripe dark fruit preserves, mocha and candied flowers. Lush and broad in character, offering palate-coating blueberry and cherry liqueur flavors and a hint of roasted coffee. Finishes with no obvious tannins and good, fruity persistence. This lush wine is not for everybody, but fans of the type will go nuts for it. There's a lofty 16.8% alcohol level happening here - that's 33.6 proof, folks. – Josh Raynolds

    90 Points- Vinous(2015 Vintage)
  • Estate Zinfandel


    Vivid ruby. Oak-spiced cherry and blueberry aromas pick up floral and earth notes expanding with air. Smooth and focused on the palate, offering lively bitter cherry and dark berry liqueur flavors that deepen slowly maintaining energy on the back half. The oak note repeats strongly on a warm, clinging finish sharpened by a spicy jolt of cracked pepper. –Josh Raynolds

    92 Points-Blue Lifestyle(2014 Vintage)
  • Cabernet Sauvignon


    Deep, dark color. Full mouthfeel with firm structure. Flavors of ripe black fruit, leather, dried earth and minerals abound. The impossibly long finish is framed with spice, moist leather, black cherry and plum. Drink now through 2030.

    89 Points- Wine Enthusiast(2016 Vintage)