First things first: yes, he was actually born Victor Hugo Roberts – his parents were big literature fans – and the connection to the famed French author is entirely intended. In fact, you’ll find it all over the wines Vic creates under his Victor Hugo label, from his “Les Mis” Estate Rose to his Estate “Hunchback” Malbec-Petit Verdot-Syrah-Petite Sirah blend to his “Quasi” dessert wine. Nobody loves a literary wine pun more than Victor Hugo.
Fortunately, his wines are no laughing matter and are as rich and enthralling as his namesake’s literary works. An enologist by trade with a winemaking degree from U.C. Davis – back in the 1970s when being a winemaker was not yet considered chic or nouveau – Vic took a job at a start-up winery in Paso Robles in 1982 and in 1985 purchased what would become the first 15 acres of his Templeton Gap property off of El Pomar Road on Paso Robles’s East Side. Today, Victor Hugo Winery encompasses 78 total acres planted with Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Viognier and all five Bordeaux reds - Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. Every wine Victor Hugo Winery produces is estate grown and handcrafted for elegance and excellent longevity. Just like the works of his literary namesake.