Oct 20, 2013 10:10 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Two of the pioneers of Paso wine country honored during Harvest celebrations

There have been a lot of Harvest Season celebrations this weekend in Paso Robles. Wineries all over the region threw celebrations with bands, barbecues, and expanded tastings, but before all the celebrations started Sunday morning, there was a celebration of the two people who helped put Paso Wine Country on the map.

Terry and Stanley Hoffman hadn't been back to the ranch they once owned in decades, but they were back Sunday being honored as pioneers of Paso's wine country. They came at the request of George and Daniel Daou. The two brothers recently bought an old winery that was built by the Hoffmans a long time ago. Back in the 1960's, the Hoffmans discovered that the Adelaida region was perfect for growing great wine grapes.

"Unbelievable to see something we started from scratch," said Stanley Hoffman.

Rather than tear down the old facility, the Daous decided to pay tribute to the Hoffmans who pursued a dream to produce wine here more than 50 years ago.

The Hoffmans didn't expect to be a part of wine country history or their old winery's future, which is now called the Daou-Hoffman Mountain Ranch Winery.

"I left an important chunk of my life in here. It's still here. I'm glad to see it's in your hands," said Stanley Hoffman.

It wasn't just sentimental for the Hoffmans. The Daous are celebrating their second anniversary as a wine business at their facility on top of the mountain, and they say having the Hoffmans there on Sunday helped fill a void.

"About three years ago, we lost our parents. We did this for them initially. My parents never got to see it, and you guys started it," said Georges Daou.

Though their parents weren't able to share the day with them, the Daous were able to share the day with the parents of Paso's Wine Country, who helped pave the way for their success.



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