Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Picpoul, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Tocai Friulano, Verdelho, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Carignane, Grenache, Barbera, Charbono, Valdiquie
The Hobo Wine Company is 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.
Kenny grew up underfoot at the winery, Domain Saint George, where his father Somchai worked as general manager since 1972. He considered a number of careers – including medicine, film and professional skateboarding – before a gig in San Francisco introduced him to wine. UC Davis subsequently beckoned and Kenny fell in with the professors and students studying organic farming practices. Kenny found his first winemaking job in the Sta Cruz mountains in 1999 before starting Hobo Wine Company in 2002. Their winery has been based in Santa Rosa since 2013. The name “Hobo” refers to both the fact that he does not own his own vineyards and the vast travels on which his endless curiosity leads him.
The Hobo Wine Company is committed to a value system that extends beyond financial progress. By now, Kenny has cultivated relationships with 27 different farmers across more than 14 AVAs, working with vineyards as far south as Arroyo Seco and as far north as Redwood Valley. 100% of the vineyards they lease are organically farmed and 88% of the total vineyards that they source from are sustainably, organically, or biodyamically farmed. The winery is committed to sustainable packaging (no capsules, high % of recycled glass (all domestic), and natural corks due to lower carbon footprint). Hobo is also a member of 1% for the Planet and donates 1% of gross revenue from all their brands to non-profit environmental organizations.
Kenny’s Wine Labels include:
Hobo: Kenny’s first project! Vineyards specific to Sonoma County.
Banyan Wines: A father and son project from Somchai and Kenny Likitprakong born out of a mutual passion for wine, their Thai heritage and an idea to combine the two. They produce appellation-specific California white wines that pair well with Asian cuisines. The Banyan philosophy is to use only sustainable and/or organically farmed grapes from vineyards in regions with microclimates ideally suited for the particular variety.
Camp: Created by the Hobo Wine Co. in 2011 to showcase the quality and value of Sonoma County wine. They work with top growers and vineyard managers in high-quality and responsibly-farmed, vineyards throughout Sonoma County to produce delicious, approachable, and affordable wines. Like Hobo, the 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. alter natives or flavoring agents.
Ghostwriter: Created to tap the potential of the Santa Cruz area AVAs. In early 2008, BrianWilkerson and Kenny Likitprakong took over the farming on two of old vineyard sites, the Woodruff Family Vineyard planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and The Aptos Creek Vineyard planted to Pinot Noir. They introduced sustainable farming to the vineyards and carried that through with natural winemaking in the cellar all in an effort to emphasize the sites and their individual terroirs.
Folk Machine: A little more fun and experimental…this label comprises the more obscure vineyards and varieties
i.e.Wine Company: In many years of partnership with Kenny, Lynn Wheeler sold wine with toddlers in tow, cleaned, inventoried, delivered, harvested, and cleaned again. In short, it was just time for Lynn to make her own wine. i.e. Wine Company represents Lynn’s efforts
Workbook: Was named to acknowledge the work in progress of kegs generally and our quest to provide well-made honest wines at by-the-glass and house wine prices. he standard and ongoing offerings are blended non-varietal, vintage-dated, California White and Red table wines. Consistent with our entire line-up, the Workbook wines are sourced from Sustainable, Organic, or Biodynamic vineyards. The wines are made simply without added yeasts, bacterias, or other unneccesary additives and sulfur levels are kept to a minimum.
The Way Back: A collaboration between Tim and Jenn Wanner (Colorado Wine peeps) and Kenny and Lynn Likitprakong (Hobo Wine Co., etc.) The project came to light over several family surf trips. No one has any real skills beyond making and selling wine, but they all wanted to do something together so came The Way Back.