Team

Paul Hobbs

Consulting Winemaker

Our wines are thoughtfully crafted under the direction of veteran winemaker Paul Hobbs.  Paul is highly regarded for his ability to identify exceptional vineyards and for his pioneering spirit in working with new and historical sites and regions. He’s been twice named Wine Personality of the Year by Robert Parker, Jr. and is considered one of the world’s preeminent winemakers.

Joshua Klapper

Winemaker

Josh’s love of wine led him first into a career as a sommelier, culminating in a 2004 Wine Spectator Grand Award for the wine list at Sona Restaurant in Los Angeles. After working closely with some of the Central Coast’s trailblazing winemakers, including Jim Clendenen and Bob Lindquist, Josh founded the critically acclaimed La Fenêtre Wines in Santa Barbara County. Crafting modern wines in a variety of styles, Josh is constantly honing his winemaking technique. He brings this passion and drive to producing wines from the quality, estate grown fruit of Brave & Maiden.

Ruben Solórzano | Jeff Newton

Vineyard Managers

Jeff and Ruben are two of the most seasoned viticulturists in the business with almost six decades of wine growing experience between them. Suffice it to say, they know how to grow wine grapes. Jeff and Ruben’s deep farming knowledge and love for the vineyard ensure Brave & Maiden’s sustainably farmed ranch brings to bear exceptional fruit for our wines, year after year.

Jason Djang

Managing Director

Jason, a partner of Brave & Maiden Estate, leads the team. A former White House aid, documentary filmmaker, and current Googler, he comes from a diverse background that allows him to bring fresh a perspective to the business. His penchant for good design, vision of wine hospitality, and commitment to quality sets the course for Brave & Maiden.