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The Family

Spencer Hoopes loves wine and he also loves farming. What began as a passion for collecting wine and the land soon went beyond that. In 1983 Spencer planted his ten-acre vineyard in the Oakville AVA of Napa Valley. With the remarkable terroir, a little bit of luck and a lot of love, we quickly found a home for the grapes in some of the better wineries in Napa Valley.

Fifteen years later, he decided to take some of those grapes off the market and put them into bottles with our name on the label. Spencer Hoopes had always loved aromatic wines with balance and structure, and he wanted to make that kind of wine with the grapes from his own vineyard. And so he launched Hoopes Cabernet.

Hoopes wines are classic cabs that capture the pure relationship between grape-grower and winemaker with an old-world-meets-new-world style profile. The philosophy is simple: minimize after-harvest manipulation of the grape so that you can enjoy the most important ingredient in its true form. This is true grower-made wine.

When Spencer Hoopes encouraged his daughter Lindsay to take over full management of the winery, she accepted, with a few conditions. The two now work together, sharing that vision of great cabernet sauvignon from the Napa Valley. And the working relationship is warm. “It is a privilege and an honor to help continue and a family business that has been part of my life for as long as I can remember,” says Lindsay Hoopes.