Lobo Hills’ Vision
Wine. Food. People.
Lobo Hills’ Mission
At Lobo Hills, we produce premium Washington wine crafted for food (we have food-pairing acid in our wines) that goes best with family and friends.
Lobo Hills Wine Company was founded by Tony Dollar with the support and enthusiasm of his wife and co-owner Diana. The winery is located in Seattle and reflects their deep commitment to enjoying good wine over food with family and friends.
Anthony (Tony) Dollar – Co-Owner / Wine Maker / Janitor
One bright Sunday afternoon in April, Tony was riding his road bike down a hill at more than 20 MPH when a driver of a large car turned left, into him. Waking in Harborview Hospital’s emergency room, lying on a gurney, he found out that he had flipped over the hood, landing on his head, fracturing his spine.
It’s true, what they say about near-death experiences. Priorities shift. He found himself learning what truly important: his faith, his family, and where he wanted to spend the remaining years of his life. In reflection, the best moments of his life have been spent in community with friends and family, drinking wine and eating food. He had detoured from wine. Now, he found himself back home, now making this fantastic beverage and bringing it to you.
Tony attended the Northwest Wine Academy, focusing on wine making. His wine roots go back to his college days where he ran tours out of one of California’s first wineries, Almaden Vineyards in San Jose, California. From there, he traveled to Sweden, Denmark, England, Scotland and the Netherlands, before returning to San Jose and J. Lohr Winery. There, he ran the tasting room and served as Hospitality Director. One day, bored with tasting rooms, he bought a VW van – inspired by On the Road and Travels with Charlie and toured the country before settling in Seattle. This is where he found wine to be the most promising. He served briefly as a wine steward at the world-renown Canlis Restaurant, left to write, wrote, and now he’s back in the business, but this time making wine… wine that he hopes you find to be full of promise and flavor.
Diana Dollar – Co-Owner / Vice President
Diana is altruistic – simply, she cares. From her first job running special projects at Second Harvest Food Bank in San Jose, to vice president of community development at the Snohomish County Economic Development Council, Diana’s focus has been to empower people, feed people, and give them the means to live better lives. Passionately, she believes the best means to do this is through breaking the cycle of systemic poverty. Which brings her to Burst for Prosperity, a nonprofit in Renton that is committed to eradicating poverty in south King County. There, she serves as associate director.
We believe that community is forged around the table – usually with wine. We also want wine to be accessible, which is why we founded Lobo Hills. This wine company blends wine – fruity and accessible – with community. Our goal is to use wine as a foundation where community is forged – through us or our wine.