Paul Draper Named Top 5 Winemaker in the World


Decanter Magazine has released the results of their winemaker survey. The survey posed a variety of questions to 133 leading winemakers around the world. One of the questions asked was which producers do you most admire. The results were consolidated into a list of the top thirty winemakers worldwide. The specific order was not revealed other than the identification of the top five, which Paul Draper was included.

“Paul has been a beacon for the importance of single-vineyard sites, sustainable grape growing, selective “natural” winemaking practice and the diversity of wine styles. He is also a great human being.” -Peter Gago, Penfolds

“Paul is foremost brilliantly steadfast in his vision and pursuit of excellence. Secondly, he is not conservative, dogmatically traditional or even Francophile. Instead, he was always inquisitive in the extreme, experimental at the risk of embarrassment and inspired by great European classics. To me, Paul’s work with Monte Bello is one of California’s finest examples of success and continuity.” -Tony Soter, Soter Vineyards

The complete survey was published in the July 2015 Decanter issue. The digital version is available now at for iPhone/iPad users (subscription required); hardcopy issue coming soon to newsstands.


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