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Winemaking Team

Chief Winemaker:  Julian Gonzalez

In 2016, Alex enlisted his close friend and internationally renowned winemaking consultant Julian Gonzalez, of Paul Hobbs Consulting to become Chief Winemaker of Guarachi Family Wines. 

Previous Consulting Winemaker 2007-2016:  Paul Hobbs


Julian Gonzalez serves as Chief Winemaker for Guarachi Family Wines and caretaker to Guarachi’s Meadowrock estate (Atlas Peak AVA of Napa Valley) and Sun Chase Vineyard (Petaluma Gap AVA of Sonoma Coast).

Previously, Gonzalez was Lead Winemaker for all Paul Hobbs Consulting programs from 2007 to 2016. Prior to that, Gonzalez worked under winemaker and mentor, Rolando Herrera, at Mi Sueno, Argentina’s Vina Cobos and Paul Hobbs Winery in addition to working in the cellars at Stag’s Leap, Dominus Estate, and Louis M. Martini Winery.

Paul Hobb’s wines have achieved national and international acclaim, and he is recognized for his vineyard knowledge, winemaking philosophy, and his passion for making single vineyard wines. Paul attended the University of California at Davis in the enology department. This led to employment at the Robert Mondavi Winery where he was the Head Enologist on the Opus One team in 1981. He founded the Paul Hobbs Winery in 1991, and later in the 1990’s his partners and he formed the Vina Cobos winery in Argentina. Since that time, he has been a consultant for wineries in Chile, Europe, and a number of wineries in California including Peter Michael, Lewis, and of course, Guarachi Family Wines.