About the Winery
Spencer Hoopes planted his eight-acre vineyard in the Oakville AVA of Napa Valley in 1989, when most vineyards in California were being torn out because of phylloxera. He was able to do this because the vines for the all-Cabernet Sauvignon site were planted on fertile sedimentary volcanic soils to St. George rootstock. Ninety percent of the original vineyard, against a hill north of Yountville in the central part of Napa Valley, remains.
When Spencer encouraged his daughter Lindsay, who grew up walking the vineyards alongside her father, to take over full management of the winery, she accepted. They now work together, sharing that vision of great Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley. Lindsay is one of the youngest winery General Managers in Napa and one of a very small number of women who run wineries in the Napa Valley. She works alongside two woman winemakers: Anne Vawter and Jennifer Rue, in crafting the Hoopes and Liparita wines.
The 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.
That’s Spencer’s beloved terrier Dante gracing the label. Dante shared in his master’s love of wine, and was a huge help around the vineyard. Since the first vintage, he has been jumping through the hoop of an old barrel as the focal point of the brand. “We like to think of him still leaping today,” says Lindsay, “somewhere in an even happier place.”