Hope Family Wines is family-run, and started in 1978 in the Paso Robles area of California. They produce several wine labels you may recognize: Liberty School, Treana, Quest, Austin Hope, and Troublemaker. Liberty School and Treana are the ones I am most familiar with. Here is some information about them, in their own words.
About Hope Family Wines
Austin Hope’s life work has been to put Paso Robles on the world-class stage of winemaking using sustainable and environmentally sound practices. While socially SIP certified since 2009, Austin and his team have been stewards of the land employing a long-term approach while creating highly awarded, yet accessible wines.
Hope Family Wines works actively with the Central Coast Vineyard Team to promote best practices in the vineyards we work with. We also use the self-assessment tools put together by the Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers to gauge progress and identify areas for improvement over time.
The Hopes cultivate mature vineyards of the varieties best suited to their area including Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Mourvedre and Grenache. Vine density has increased and each vine is asked to produce very little fruit. The terroir of this domain expresses itself in its unique regional character. Regardless of the varieties planted, the expression of Paso Robles is displayed in the glass with spice, licorice and berry in the nose, soft textures and silky tannins on the palate.
The Wines We Will Feature at the International Festival Tasting Room
Meet Winery Principal, Austin Hope, Winery owner, and son of founder Chuck Hope.
Liberty School Chardonnay – is pale straw in color with a silvery hue. Fresh aromas and flavors of green apples and pears, along with pineapple and white flowers are complemented by vanilla and caramel, and a long vibrant finish.
Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon – The 2016 Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet with brickish edges. Vanilla, fresh currants, and a light toasted oak nose. Lush tannins, dark fruit, clean acidity, long finish with
lingering sweet oak on the palate.
Treana Chardonnay – This full-bodied Chardonnay displays warm toasty notes of caramel on the nose and through the pallet. The signature Treana flavors of crème brulee & orange blossom are met with crisp acidity & chalky-minerality that finish with lingering hints of mandarin.
Treana Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 – Opaque, deeply colored purple-black in colour. Bold, with aromas of muddled blackberry, ripe black currants, blueberry syrup, crushed violets, roasted coffee, sweet vanilla, caramel, and clove. Rich and palate coating, the intense black fruit flavors are marked by a distinctive toasted/smoky-oak. The tannins are moderate and velvety, and the acidity balances the richness of the wine, leading to a long oak-driven finish.