Paul Hobbs Winery


  • "Top 100 Most Influential U.S. Winemakers. Paul Hobbs is owner and winemaker for Paul Hobbs Winery, CrossBarn Winery and Vina Cobos in Mendoza. Paul is a pioneer in this industry, from having a hand in the discovery of Malbec's potential in Argentina, to venturing into regions such as Hungary, Armenia, Uruguay and Cahors. He has his hands in soil all over the world and is recognized as being one of the best in identifying regions that are over or undeveloped and finding a solution. He's a farmer at heart but also a good business man. He looks at the industry to see where he can make a market improve and he looks at a region to see what he can discover." (Into Wine)
  • “Paul Hobbs, one of my favorite winemakers, has an impressive resume, having worked at some of the better northern California wineries. In spite of his affable, down-to-earth personality, this guy is clearly driven, and gives meticulous thought to every decision he makes. Hobbs has culled out some of northern California’s great sites for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. These are full-throttle wines that merit serious attention.” (Robert Parker)

Basic Info

If you are looking for Paul Hobbs, you will most likely find him in a vineyard… Whether in California or Argentina, where he is the owner/winemaker at Paul Hobbs Winery and Viña Cobos respectively; or in Chile, France, Canada and other countries where he is a leading consultant, Paul knows that the essence of profound wines can be traced back to meticulous care and expertise in the vineyard. As a winemaker, Paul is highly regarded for his ability to identify exceptional vineyards, and for his pioneering spirit in working innovatively with new and historical sites and regions.  His success has inspired a wealth of nicknames among the press, from quiet trendsetter to prospector to truffle‐hunting dog. Hired by Robert Mondavi for his advanced understanding of oak aging, he went on to become winemaker for Opus One and Simi wineries, and then consultant to Peter Michael, Fisher, Lewis, Catena and others. He founded Paul Hobbs Winery in 1991 and Viña Cobos in 1999. Twice named Wine Personality of the Year by Robert Parker, Jr., he continues to be a leading consultant winemaker around the globe. “As a farmer and winemaker, I have always considered environmental impact as a principal consideration in my work.” Our focus is small production, vineyard-designate wines from properties we feel are the most distinctive within their appellation. As custodians of the earth, we prefer to work in a way that respects the rules of Mother Nature. You might describe our winemaking as modern classic. Making wine, like living well, is a balance of experience and intuition, discipline and discovery. We believe we can make the best wines by keeping our roots firmly planted in traditional winemaking principles while availing ourselves of modern techniques. This approach allows us to constantly improve the quality of our wines.

North Coast
Sub region:
Napa, Sonoma
Year founded:
Paul Hobbs
Paul Hobbs, Megan Baccitich