Join us for a very special evening with Midnight Cellars Winemaker Richard Hartenberger as we explore five (5) of their award-winning wines aboard The Royal Wine Limited. We will enjoy fabulous tapas from the Royal Palm Railway Kitchen provided by Chef Sennett Williams.
Your journey begins at Tavares Union Station where you will board the train at 5:15 PM and travel the Golden Triangle Route to Mount Dora, returning to Tavares Union Station at 6:35 PM.
Midnight Winery & Vineyard, Estate Chardonnay
This wine is 100% Chardonnay grown in the Teresa Angela district on the Midnight Estate vineyard. It is 100% whole cluster pressed and barrel fermented in French oak. A clean, crisp Chardonnay with partial malo-lactic fermentation and hints of vanilla.
Midnight Cellars, Moon Red Blend
Beautifully clean, ripe, and fruity in 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. Don't study it, don't age it. Buy it, bring it home and drink it with burgers, pizza, spaghetti, or just by itself!
Midnight Winery & Vineyard, Estate Merlot
This Merlot displays depth with ripe black fruits and hints of minerality on the nose. On the palate, rich and luscious flavors of fresh black cherry and ripe plum are balanced out with firm tannins and a long, lingering finish.
Midnight Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon Nebula
The Cabernet Sauvignon displays rich aromatic notes of black cherry, raspberry, and anise. On the palate you will find complimentary flavors of spice and vanilla. This full bodied Cabernet has beautiful balance and structure, and lingers on the finish with well-rounded tannins.
Midnight Winery & Vineyard, 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.
Welcome to 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. Join us in our Tasting Room and you’ll be greeted by our knowledgeable staff, taking you through a flight of wines that reflect the terroir and rich fruit of Paso Robles.