Winemaker: Don Brady

Brady Vineyard October 2006Don Brady’s family roots are in Texas, the progeny of a farm and ranching heritage dating back to the first Texan pioneers. In the early 1980s, Brady joined the modern-day pioneers of the new Texas wine renaissance, helping to re-establish a thriving winegrowing industry in the lone-star State. In doing so, Brady oversaw production of the most-awarded wines produced in Texas. In 1991, Brady was awarded the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association’s highest honor, the “Louis F. Qualia Award” for outstanding contributions and leadership in the Texas wine industry. Presidents Ronald Regan and George Bush were served Don’s wines at several White House functions, in addition to English royalty – Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles.

Following his successful tenure with Texas icons such as Pheasant Ridge Winery, Llano Estacado Winery, and Ste. Genevieve Wines, Don Brady and his wife Kasi relocated to Paso Robles, California. Here, Brady was first employed as senior winemaker at Delicato Family Vineyards. While there, he earned worldwide acclaim for his part in leading the Delicato team to their receipt of the International Wine and Spirits Competition’s “United States of America’s Winemaker of the Year Award” bestowed to Delicato Family Vineyards for their wines’ cumulative performance.

The next chapter in Brady’s winemaking odyssey took him to Robert Hall Winery. In 2001, he joined Hall’s start-up winemaking venture as Winemaker and Director of Operations. From the beginning, the wines crafted at Robert Hall have earned their place at the forefront of Paso Robles offerings. So much so that in 2006, Brady was named the “Central Coast Winemaker of the Year” by the California Mid-State Fair. Following this honor, in 2010 Robert Hall Winery bested more than 600 wineries with over 3,000 entries and became the first Central Coast winery ever to be awarded the “Golden State Winery of the Year Award” by the California State Fair, the oldest and most prestigious wine competition in North America.

Presently, Don Brady continues to reside in Paso Robles, leading the team at Robert Hall with his goal of “capturing the essence of the vineyard and fashioning quality wine by coaxing the best product possible out of each vine.”

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