Paul Hobbs releases inaugural vintage from Hillick & Hobbs Estate

Internationally renowned winemaker Paul Hobbs launches his newest winery, Hillick & Hobbs Estate, to the U.S. market this spring. Named after his parents, Joan Hillick and Edward Hobbs, the project brings Paul back to upstate New York near his childhood home to craft world-class Riesling from the emerging Finger Lakes region.

“My mother is overjoyed to see her children come together to create this new endeavor, and my late father would have been elated to see his dream of our family making wine in upstate New York finally become reality,” says Hobbs. “We are thrilled to finally become a part of the progress and promise of the Finger Lakes region with this release of our first vintage.”

Situated on the southeastern tip of Seneca Lake, the estate vineyard is planted to 21-acres of high-density Riesling vines on steep slate soils that run up and down slope in a style akin to Germany’s famed Mosel region. Paul discovered the 78-acre property in 2012 after a two-year search with his brother, David, who now lives on the estate and oversees a local team. The arduous development process began a year later, laboring nearly a decade before the venture’s inaugural release.

Represented by Paul Hobbs Wines through its fine wine distribution network, Hillick & Hobbs will debut with the 2019 Estate Dry Riesling from Seneca Lake, New York (SRP: $35). It is also available for purchase online at

About Paul Hobbs

Highly regarded for his ability to identify exceptional vineyards across the globe and working innovatively to refine the art of winemaking, Paul Hobbs continues his unwavering pursuit to express new and historical sites by employing viticulture and winemaking practices that capture their unique origins. For over 30 years, Paul has engaged annually in two harvests spanning seven countries.

Today, Hobbs is owner and vintner for wineries around the globe: Paul Hobbs and Crossbarn (California), Hillick & Hobbs (Finger Lakes, New York), Viña Cobos (Argentina), Crocus (Cahors, France), Yacoubian-Hobbs (Armenia), and Alvaredos-Hobbs (Galicia, Spain). To learn more, visit

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