In Austin Hope’s younger days he was something of a troublemaker. And on those days when his schoolwork or attitude didn’t quite live up to the family’s expectations, he was sent to the vineyards for a hard day’s work meant to teach him a lesson. Little did the Hope’s know that this childhood punishment would be the beginning of a life-long passion and career. It was in those days spent in the vineyards, the Paso Robles sun beating down and his hands in the dirt, that Austin found inspiration for his life’s journey.
Troublemaker is inspired by those early days of pushing boundaries and finding your path. Still stirring things up, we here at Troublemaker are all about challenging the status quo and embracing the journey of life. The way we see it, rules restrict our ability to create and innovate. Besides, pushing the boundaries is fun.
Central Coast (Paso Robles – Creston/El Pomar/Estrella, Arroyo Grande Valley, Monterey)
Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Zinfandel, and Petite Sirah
Our Troublemaker vineyards live up to the wine they produce. They can be a bit wild and live on the edge; the edge of growing regions, of sub-AVAs and sometimes, civilization, along the Central Coast!
These lively vineyards are located on the eastern edge of the Pomar District, the outskirts of the Arroyo Grande Valley and there are rumors that Austin Hope’s very own vineyard might be in the blend.
One Syrah vineyard is located in the oak forests south east of Arroyo Grande in a remote valley. To say it is wild is an understatement. A long drive out of cellphone range where deer, snakes, bear and mountain lions rule have you knowing that it’s their land and we’re just farming it! Encountering a mountain lion is no joke and it’s happened here. Visits to this vineyard are always an adventure!
June 13, 2019
Somm Journal – Writing Its Own History
“We’ve evolved as farmers,” Hope said of his family, who moved to Paso Robles in 1978 to plant apples and grapes.Read More
May 6, 2019
Top 10 Cabernet Sauvignons Rated 90+ Points
Vintner Austin Hope, whose family is intertwined in the rise of Paso Robles, spent years working to release a wine of this caliber.Read More