Paradigm Winery produces hand-crafted wines from the Harris Family Vineyards
in the heart of the Oakville appellation in Napa Valley.

Paradigm Winery is owned and managed by Ren and Marilyn Harris, two winegrowers with extraordinarily deep roots in Napa Valley. Marilyn's grandparents immigrated from Italy to Napa Valley in 1890, while Ren's family came to California in 1769. Marilyn and Ren moved to Napa Valley in the 1960's and settled into their home just east of where Paradigm sits today. Through a career in vineyard real estate, Ren learned much about the diverse growing regions in Napa Valley. In 1976, when they decided to purchase vineyards of their own, Oakville was the clear choice. Paradigm Winery was founded several years later and began producing wine with the 1991 vintage.

Ren and Marilyn hired a young and talented winemaker, Heidi Barrett, who has been with Paradigm since the beginning. They all felt a shared passion for making great wine, and a determination to preserve the small, family-owned style of winery that Napa Valley was built on. With an incredibly loyal team, Paradigm Winery maintains a hands-on approach to all winemaking and vineyard operations, nothing is outsourced. Every bottle you uncork was grown, crushed, fermented, barrel aged, bottled and stored on site. Ren and Marilyn have been tireless advocates for the Oakville appellation, eco-friendly farming, and environmental stewardship. They recently celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary.

Ren & Marilyn


Ren and Marilyn Harris were married on February 6, 1965 at St. Joan of Arc Church in Yountville. Marilyn’s family had been farming in Napa Valley since the 1890’s when her paternal grandparents arrived from the Liguria region of Italy. While most of Ren’s family came from Limerick County in Ireland during the late 1800’s, his paternal grandfather was a descendant of the rancheros who founded the Presidio of San Diego in 1769 when Spain ruled what is now California.

Marilyn taught 4th grade in San Francisco and Ren worked for a small construction company when they were first married. A modest profit from a home they remodeled enabled them to put a downpayment on a prune orchard in the Oakville area of Napa Valley in the late 1960’s. Eventually they planted grapes in the former orchard and in 1975 traded it into what today is Paradigm.

Paradigm consists of four contiguous parcels totaling fifty five acres. Paradigm is a selfcontained winery estate; including fifty acres of vineyard, the winery, two homes, a warehouse, a barn and an acre of olive trees.

The land destined to become Paradigm was planted to Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir and White Riesling when Ren and Marilyn first purchased the property. In short order Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Zinfandel replaced the original vines and Cabernet Franc along with Petit Verdot were added a bit later.

Ren & Marilyn


Ren and Marilyn Harris were married on February 6, 1965 at St. Joan of Arc Church in Yountville. Marilyn’s family had been farming in Napa Valley since the 1890’s when her paternal grandparents arrived from the Liguria region of Italy. While most of Ren’s family came from Limerick County in Ireland during the late 1800’s, his paternal grandfather was a descendant of the rancheros who founded the Presidio of San Diego in 1769 when Spain ruled what is now California.

Marilyn taught 4th grade in San Francisco and Ren worked for a small construction company when they were first married. A modest profit from a home they remodeled enabled them to put a downpayment on a prune orchard in the Oakville area of Napa Valley in the late 1960’s. Eventually they planted grapes in the former orchard and in 1975 traded it into what today is Paradigm.

Paradigm consists of four contiguous parcels totaling fifty five acres. Paradigm is a selfcontained winery estate; including fifty acres of vineyard, the winery, two homes, a warehouse, a barn and an acre of olive trees.

The land destined to become Paradigm was planted to Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir and White Riesling when Ren and Marilyn first purchased the property. In short order Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Zinfandel replaced the original vines and Cabernet Franc along with Petit Verdot were added a bit later.
 

Ren

Ren is at Paradigm daily and has been since he and Marilyn purchased the property in 1975; prior to that on other vineyards they owned and operated back to 1964 when they moved to Napa Valley full time to raise their family.

“My life in Oakville is fascinating and never dull. The quest for an ever-better bottle of wine starts in the vineyard and the quest for the next great clone of Cabernet Sauvignon or a newly developed rootstock that will perform magic in our soil is never ending. I trade tastes, notes, and experiences with grape growers and wine makers from all over the world; as well as visit other vineyards around the globe.”

“Success in life is built upon the shoulders of others. Marilyn and I have been fortunate over the years in our ability to find and keep a staff of exceptional folks. Fernando Diaz, our vineyard manager, has been with us since 1992. Pedro Martinez, our cellar master, has been at Paradigm since 1992 as well. Brothers Antonio and Armando Hernandez started with us in 1996 and the vineyard crew is rounded out by Antonio Santana and Jose Reyes who have been here for over ten years. Mark our, General Manager, has been on board for over eight years; while MaryAnn and Peter have been with us four and three years respectively. Our only new person is Lara, our national sales manager, who started in April of 2018; Lara had sold our wine in Napa County for our California broker for eight years, however, before coming on board full time. My youngest brother Greg runs the tasting room on weekends – thus rounds out the gang that Marilyn and I depend upon.”

-Ren

Ren's Letters



Since 1964, Vineyard owner Ren Harris has been walking among the Paradigm vines watching growing seasons turn into decades of quality winemaking. As he reflects on the vintages and varietals produced in the 70+ acre property, Ren shares his thoughts and stories.

READ REN'S LETTERS

Tradition


Our hands touch the vines while we are tending to them. Our hands touch the vines when we are pruning. Our hands touch the grapes while we harvest. Our hands touch the wine in all of it’s phases. We do not employ mechanical harvesters or pruners. No ocular berry sizing and sorting, no mechanical or automated pumpover devices. No computer tank monitoring systems.

We pick by hand, we sort our fruit by hand in the field and at the conveyer, we pumpover by hand, we do not run to the computer first thing in the morning during harvest…we meticulously go from tank top to tank top and smell each tank.

Tradition


Our hands touch the vines while we are tending to them. Our hands touch the vines when we are pruning. Our hands touch the grapes while we harvest. Our hands touch the wine in all of it’s phases. We do not employ mechanical harvesters or pruners. No ocular berry sizing and sorting, no mechanical or automated pumpover devices. No computer tank monitoring systems.

We pick by hand, we sort our fruit by hand in the field and at the conveyer, we pumpover by hand, we do not run to the computer first thing in the morning during harvest…we meticulously go from tank top to tank top and smell each tank.

The Paradigm Family



 
 


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heidi
Napa Wildlife Rescue stars, Carol Poole and Maddie the hawk, making a visit to Paradigm. To learn more about Paradigm's charitable efforts through 1% for the Planet please visit www.onepercentfortheplanet.org.
peter
Peter Zellman
Administrative Director

Originally from Mendocino County, Peter brings not only a strong passion of making wine more approachable for everyone but also a deep set love of Star Wars and mezcal.