Phillips Hill Estates
Toby Hill is not your ordinary vintner and winemaker. A native Californian from San Francisco, Toby was formally trained in the Arts, but never as a winemaker. With a BFA from California College of the Arts, Toby attributes his artistic talent to the the Phillips side of the family. His intense study and mastery of composition in the abstract has been translated into the delicate balance of making wine. After a short stint in the New York art scene of the late 1980’s and as a Architectural Colorist in San Francisco in the 90’s, Toby’s 1997 purchase of land in the Mendocino Ridge appellation overlooking the Anderson Valley led him to his new passion and personal re-invention in wine country.
Toby’s stylistic approach is free form; his philosophy is to be completely in touch with the grape to wine process. This appreciation transcends itself to the essence of how the wine develops and evolves within the layers of nature. The way a painter feels his way through a brush stroke – “don’t paint the painting let the painting paint you.”