After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, young Paul Hobbs was persuaded by his father to go to California to pursue the family business and take up wine. Paul graduated from UC Davis three years later with a Master of Science degree in Viticulture and Enology. 

Initially hired by Robert Mondavi for his advanced understanding of oak aging, he was soon promoted to the inaugural Opus One winemaking team. Following his Mondavi experience, Paul joined Simi Winery as winemaker before going on to consult for Peter Michael, Lewis Cellars, Bodegas Catena and others. 

It was during this time nearly 30 years ago when Paul had a vision to craft vineyard designate wines from the most compelling sites in California. In 1991 he spoke to Larry Hyde in Napa and Richard Dinner in Sonoma to inquire about purchasing five tons of fruit from each of their vineyards. Larry and Richard agreed to sell him their grapes, and so the Paul Hobbs Winery adventure began with the debut release of 1991 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon designated from these two vineyards.

In 1998 Paul was able to fulfill his family’s dream and honor his upbringing on the family farm by establishing the Katherine Lindsay Estate in Sebastopol, CA, named after his great-grandmother. The pursuit of the estate vineyard was finally realized with the first harvest, the 2003 vintage. Today, the winery has seven estate vineyards in the most acclaimed regions for growing pinot noir, chardonnay, and cabernet sauvignon.

REGION California
APPELLATION(S) Los Carneros , Napa Valley, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma Mountain

A collection of acclaimed estate and growers’ vineyards with pedigrees that allow them to stand on their own. Planted to high density vines and farmed by the block and row using sustainable practices to ensure impeccable fruit at harvest through night harvesting by hand, fermenting with native yeasts, and bottling without fining or filtration. Hobbs' Estate vineyards are:

Ellen Lane - Russian River Valley

A hidden site that was discovered near Forestville in the Green Valley area, within the Russian River Valley appellation, is prized for growing complex chardonnay. The site’s unique topography creates 2-30 degree slopes that resembles an amphitheater and generates a distinct microclimate where cool air can be retained during the warmer months.

Ross Station - Russian River Valley

The vineyard surrounds a historic Victorian home that was built in the late 1850’s by the Ross family who grew grapes, apples, and peaches on the property before it became a bustling stagecoach station from 1904 to 1984. Later restored by Paul Hobbs, the farmhouse overlooks chardonnay vines rooted in the coastal influenced Green Valley sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley that is frequently blanketed by morning and evening fog providing moderating diurnal temperatures that bring an average daytime low of 44°F and high of 75°F.

Edward James - Russian River Valley

Named in honor of Paul Hobbs’s great-grandfather who was a farmer and steward of the family’s apple orchard in upstate New York, the small estate vineyard is dedicated to chardonnay that grows on a gentle rolling bench land and experiences cooling fog and coastal breezes.

Katherine Lindsay - Russian River Valley

Tucked away in the Laguna Ridge neighborhood of the Russian River Valley, Paul Hobbs discovered the property in 1998 and named it in honor of his great-grandmother who established the family farm in upstate New York. The estate is the winery’s home and represents his lifelong dream of founding his own vineyard.

Nathan Coombs - Coombsville, Napa Valley

Named in honor of the founder of Napa, the vineyard is tucked in southeastern Napa Valley at the foot of the Vaca Mountain Range. Known for its volcanic soils and cool climate with its close proximity to the San Pablo Bay, it’s planted to all five Bordeaux varieties that feature muscular and structured wines with intense black fruit and mineral profile. 

"Up by his bootstraps"
Wine Spectator
- Tim Fish, 2013-12-15
"The Steve Jobs Of Wine: Winemaker Paul Hobbs"
- Katie Kelly Bell, 2013-06-17