Winery

1980 O'Neill Vineyards purchased 180 acres of ranch land in Paso Robles and plants it with Barley.

1982 Planted 27 acres of Chardonnay with grapevines purchased through the University of California at Davis.

1985 Our first Chardonnay crop was a good indication of the quality fruit being grown in the area and made an excellent vintage.  Shannon and Maureen meet in a Food Science course at UC Davis.

1986 Our chalky soils and very low yielding vines made for some of the best wines in the area.

1987 Planted another 30 acres of Chardonnay due to the increased demand, and had another exceptional vintage that year.

1991 Planted 40 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon.

1993 Planted another 35 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon. Maureen and Shannon are married in November.

1994 Our first Cabernet crop. The overall quality of the wines that year were good despite the unseasonable heavy rains near harvest time.

1995 One of the best vintages to date produced a full bodied Cabernet that has held up very nicely over the last 9 years.

1996 Implemented annual canopy and soil management improvements to increase the quality of fruit and overall health of the vines. 1996 proved to be a good vintage for both Chardonnay and Cabernet.

1997 The wines from 1997 were full bodied with high alcohol content. Another good year with high sugars at harvest produced some exceptional wines.

1998 Planted a five acre vineyard dedicated to clonal, varietal, rootstalk, and small lot wine experimentation, on the side of what some said was an unplantable hill. Shannon and Maureen welcome their first child in September.

1999 Early springtime frosts caused some of our lowest yields to date. On the bright side, 1999 was the best vintage since 1995, producing a complex Cabernet with deep color and soft tannins. Replanted 30 acres of old Chardonnay with more Cabernet. Maloy O'Neill Vineyards releases its first estate commercial vintage.

2000 Replanted the last 27 acres of old Chardonnay with 15 acres of Syrah, and 15 acres of Merlot. 2000 was a difficult growing season in Paso Robles with the weather not cooperating towards harvest. Maloy O'Neill Vineyards start a winery producing small-lot wines.

2001 Purchased 80 acre ranch and planted 25 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Franc. Future plans include winery facility with tasting room. 2001 was one of the best vintages in 10 years, producing big concentrated wines. Maloy O'Neill wins its first gold for our 2000 Syrah "Private Reserve."

2002 Another good growing season was reflected in the outstanding wines developing this year. Maloy O'Neill is excited about our first Vintage of Pinot Noir from our French Clone 115 and Syrah from our French Clone 470. All indications point to another big Medal year for all our new releases.

2003 Paso Robles experiences a 6.5 earthquake, loses several historical landmark buildings and two citizens in the disaster. Fortunately, our winery loses only a few cases of wine. Two days later Shannon and Maureen welcome their second child to the family.

2005 Maloy O'Neill Vineyards tasting and winery on Windy Hill Estate buildings are completed and open for business in November.

2008 Six and a half additional acres planted at Maloy O'Neill Windy Hill Estate with Lagrein, Syrah, Sangiovese, Tempranillo and Petite Sirah.

2009 Maloy O'Neill Vineyards Celebrates 10 years in business, 16 years married, and 23 years in partnership together.