Nearly twenty years ago, Paul Maroon's winemaking dream began with the purchase of 300 acres on the backside of Howell Mountain in Pope Valley, which he later sold. Around the same time, he also acquired the 37 acres that would become Maroon’s permanent home, in what is now part of the prestigious “Coombsville Appellation". Today, 17 acres of this land is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, which produce Maroon's Estate wines.
For ten years, Paul sold his Cabernet Sauvignon grapes to Joseph Phelps for their distinctive Insignia blend. He realized then the high quality of our single-vineyard fruit, and the first commercial vintage of Maroon Wines was produced in 2009.
Our home vineyard in Coombsville is located in a bowl-shaped depression topped by Mt George, an extinct volcano. The grapes benefit from slower and more even ripening due to our location in the southern end of Napa Valley. Here, the fog burns off later in the day and frosts are less likely to occur.
Our land is a mosaic of rocky volcanic soil and rich gravely loams, which provides both easy drainage and water access for our vines. This unique landscape results in exquisitely balanced wines.
Paul Maroon, Founder
In the late 1990s, Paul Maroon (1947-2019) began the journey to fulfill his life-long dream to create his own boutique small production winery in Napa Valley. His interest stemmed from his agricultural roots working with his father in his family’s produce business, and later producing wine with his uncle in Pennsylvania.
Paul truly loved wine and was an extraordinarily gracious host and devoted family fan, who never met a person who didn't become a fast friend. He was often found sharing his knowledge and plethora of industry adventures.
Paul was a staunch advocate of the wine industry and lent his support to educate the population at large. In 2015, Paul helped form the Save the Family Farms initiative, which aims to preserve Napa Valley's small family vineyards, that so they can continue to remain in business, and be passed on to future generations. STFF advocates for equal access to "direct to consumer" tastings and sales, while keeping agricultural usage as a top priority within Napa Valley.
He was also active in the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Knights of the Vine.