Ren & Marilyn Harris have been growing grapes in Napa Valley
since 1964. They purchased Paradigm in 1976 and totally replanted
the vineyard twice! The first time was to change the grape varieties
and the second time was to protect the vineyard from phyloxera,
which struck Napa Valley in the late 1980’s.
About thirty percent of the grape production at Paradigm is used
by the winery and the balance is sold to other premium Napa Valley
wineries. It is the intention of the Harris’ to remain at
the current five thousand case annual production in order to maintain
the close personal contact they enjoy with both the Paradigm crew
and the Paradigm wine drinkers they have befriended over the years.
Marilyn is a third generation Napa Valley grape grower whose grandparents
came to Napa Valley from the hills of Northern Italy to grow grapes
in 1890. Ren Harris is a sixth generation Californian whose predecessors
settled San Diego in 1769 and whose great great grand uncle was
General Mariano Vallejo; the last Mexican governor of California.
Paradigm is located on land General Vallejo gave to George Yount
in 1835. Yount in turn planted the first grapes in Napa Valley.
Ren is in charge of wine and grape production.