The Robert Haas Memorial Fund was established following the passing of beloved vintner and Foundation board member, Robert Haas.
Robert is remembered for his entrepreneurial spirit and for his passion. His passion for Rhône grapes in particular transformed the Paso Robles wine region. The cuttings that he brought from France in the early 90’s have since been grafted to the roots of well over 600 vineyards in the United States.
When he was not hard at work at Tablas Creek or his private patch of Pinot Noir in Templeton, Bob could be found at the San Luis Obispo Performing Arts Center. Bob was incredibly passionate about the local arts movement, and we are incredibly blessed to have had him on our Board of Directors for so many years.
In 2009, Bob founded the Foundation’s Winery Partner Program. The money raised through this program not only helps maintain the Performing Arts Center, but helps fund both the School Matinee Program and the recently established Swanson Fund.
Thank you Bob for your years of service to this community. Your generosity will continue to support local performing arts for years to come.
If you would like to make a contribution to the Robert Haas Memorial Fund, please click the link below. Thank you.
If you would like to read more about the late Robert Haas and his incredible legacy, please read one of the following articles:
“A Life Well-Lived” by Jason Haas
“Robert Haas, influential American vintner and wine importer, dies at 90” L.A. Times
“Robert Haas, Wine Importer and California Vintner, dies at 90” New York Times
“Remembering Robert Haas, one of the most influential figures in American wine” S.F. Chronicle
“Robert Haas, forefather of the Paso Robles wine region, dies at 90” S.L.O. Tribune