Camp was created by the Hobo Wine Company in 2013 to showcase the quality and value of Sonoma County wine. They work with top growers and vineyard managers in very high quality and responsibly farmed, though lesser know, vineyards throughout Sonoma County to produce table ready, food friendly, approachable and affordable wines. Camp wines employ native yeasts and malolactic bacterias for the primary and secondary fermentations without the use of commercial fermentation aids or additives. The wines are aged in real oak barrels and/or stainless steel tanks vs. alternatives or flavoring agents.
The Hobo Wine Company... the brainchild, side job, menace to the wine industry, hedged bet, cash strain, mental anguish, late night musing, bruised hands, dirty t-shirts, and constant companion of Kenny Likitprakong. Despite knowing better, he started his own label in 2002 with the simple idea to have some good fun.
Hobo is Kenny's tribute and homage to a freedom and an era that he grew up romanticizing. He spent a lot of his late teens and early twenties chasing the rambling ways of the American Hobo. Instead of becoming a hobo, he became a “Hobo Winemaker.” Of the two ways to make wine, with and without money, the first should probably be the only, but a few slip through the cracks and do it on the skinny. No winery, no vineyards, no truck, no warehouse, no employees…nothing. There are advantages. Making small lots comes naturally, the flexibility to pick and choose grape type, vineyard, appellation, and winery on an ongoing basis, and a larger circle of people involved which means more ideas and expertise.
2016 CHARDONNAY, SONOMA COUNTY
All lots whole cluster pressed co-fermented in stainless steel, then transferred to neutral oak barrels for 7 weeks before racked back to stainless steel. 1800 cs
2016 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, SONOMA COUNTY
All lots were fermented in stainless steel with a minimal 1-2 punchdowns or pumpovers per day and aged 9 months in neutral French oak barrels. 1900 cs
2016 ZINFANDEL, SONOMA COUNTY
93% Zinfandel, 7% Petite Sirah picked on same day from the Ceja Vineyard in Sonoma Valley and co-fermented in several smaller stainless steel open-top tanks. Aged in combination of American and French oak barrels. 677 cs
In 2013 they made the leap to convert a warehouse in Santa Rosa into a full production winery. They cut drains, installed electricity, insulation, plumbing, moved the tanks, eggs and barrels and crushed their first fruit that fall.