Hillick & Hobbs

The pursuit to craft world-class Riesling has brought Paul Hobbs back to his family roots in upstate New York to create site-specific estate wines from the emerging Finger Lakes region. Founded in 2013, the winery is named after his parents, Joan Hillick and Edward Hobbs, and planted to high-density vines on steep slate slopes.

The estate rests on the southeastern tip of Seneca Lake, the largest and deepest of the Finger Lakes. Vine rows planted on steep slate slopes run perpendicular down towards the lake in a style similar to the Mosel region of Germany. This configuration, unique in the Finger Lakes, helps optimize sun exposure and airflow throughout the canopy, facilitating earlier ripening, vine, and cluster health. 21 acres of Riesling vines have been planted thus far on the 78-acre property.