"Farm life instills in one a deep sense of respect for family, a love of land and the joys of collaborative effort. Our CrossBarn wines are a reflection of these ideals and of our commitment to sustainable vineyard practices and gentle winemaking techniques. The "cross barn" was nestled in the middle of our one hundred fifty year old family farm in upstate New York. A favorite haunt for my siblings and me, it took on a life of its own and remains in our memories as a place of great mystery and adventure." - Paul Hobbs
It all started when Paul Hobbs grew up on a working farm in upstate New York. He experienced first-hand the influence of terroir on the character of fruit when his father had him taste apples of the same variety grown in different orchards several miles apart from one another. The diversity of flavors and textures made an impression on him and would later influence his approach to winemaking. One of eleven children, Paul helped his father achieve a lifelong dream of transforming some of the farm’s acreage from apples, nuts and peaches to wine grapes.
After launching his namesake winery in 1991, Paul Hobbs established CrossBarn in 2000 to honor his family’s farming heritage and values of farming sustainably. What began as just one small lot of cabernet sauvignon from the inaugural vintage gradually evolved to introduce chardonnay and pinot noir.
The winery is a reflection of the ideals of farm life and having a deep sense of respect for family, a love of the land and the joy of collaborative effort.
Located in a former apple processing facility in Sebastopol, California, our CrossBarn wines are made with labor-intensive, yet simple techniques. We harvest our fruit at night by hand, sort by the berry or cluster, ferment each vineyard separately, and age wine using a combination of stainless steel and low percentages of new oak.
Our goal each year is to allow the nuances of each variety to express themselves fully, resulting in wines with distinct varietal profile and depth.
For nearly 20 years the focus has been to express California’s most esteemed appellations with authenticity by upholding the fresh, vibrant and lingering flavor attributes from each region to bring you wines of stunning quality and exceptional value.