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First Paso Robles Winery to Break the Top 10 Barrier

Paso Robles, CA – Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon is selected by Wine Enthusiast Magazine as #10 of The Enthusiast Top 100 of 2019. This marks the first Paso Robles wine to ever make the top 10, further solidifying this wine as the standard for Paso Robles luxury Cabernet.

Austin’s passion for wine extends to the entire Paso Robles community. He has dedicated himself to elevating Paso Robles as a premier growing region in the world. “An acknowledgment like this benefits our entire wine community and brings well-deserved attention to the quality and standard we all work so vigorously to achieve” says Austin.

Matt Kettmann of Wine Enthusiast describes the 2017 vintage, noting “This bottling remains as impressive and delicious as it did upon debut two vintages ago. Aromas of black cherry, hickory smoke and vanilla cookie lead into a palate of brown sugar, sea salt, caramel and black-cherry foam, all framed by polished tannins and just enough acidity.”

Always striving to push forward with innovation and quality, Austin and the winemaking team are meticulous with their fruit selection — taking into consideration soil, sun exposure, and precipitation. This focused effort over the past 20 years has led them to select fruit from 5 sub-AVAs including Adelaida District, Creston District, El Pomar District, Paso Robles Estrella District, and Genseo District. Each of these districts have developed into areas of significance, capturing the diverse characteristics of Paso Robles and contributing to this wine’s quality and success.

The 2017 Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon, $50 suggested retail price, is available in the tasting room (1585 Live Oak Road, Paso Robles), now open seven days a week 10 am – 5 pm and is available in select markets across the US.


Austin Hope grew up in Paso Robles working alongside his father, inheriting his love and respect for the region. He led the family’s move into winemaking in 1995 and thus began his exploration into the potential of Paso Robles wine country. In 2000, Austin created the Austin Hope label, making very small productions of Rhône varietals. Though the label has gained notoriety, the productions remain small and extraordinary. Today, Austin is showcasing an even greater sweep of the Paso region and expressing a similar richness with the Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon. Austin oversees the production of Treana, Liberty School, Troublemaker, Quest and Austin Hope wines. Though driven by exploration and innovation, Austin’s vision remains: to make wines that reflect all that Paso has to offer and inspire people to be as excited about Paso Robles as Austin himself.