Norman and Traudl Huber established Huber Cellars in 1986. Along with Sanford Winery and the Babcock Family, they were grape growing pioneers in the Santa Rita Hills.
Prior to his winemaking career, Norman was a master woodworker. He made the tasting room bars at nearby Fiddlehead Cellars and Longoria Wines. In 1987, the Hubers began planting their vineyard almost exclusively with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. A few years ago, they also planted a small amount of an obscure German red grape called Dornfelder. This varietal makes very tannic wine.
Until 2000, the Hubers sold all of their grapes to wineries. In that year, they released the first commercial vintage of Huber Cellars. They still sell a small amount of grapes to a handful of local wineries.
Less than 100 cases of the Huber Estate Pinot Noir is made each year. Norman Yost assists the Hubers in the wine production process. Mr. Yost has a degree from UC Davis in Enology and Viticulture, and also owns Flying Goat Cellars.