Kevin Willenborg's 25+ year winemaking career covers a wide section of geography, from the renowned soils of Bordeaux, to the challenging terrain of British Columbia's Okanagan Valley, the moderate climates of Santa Barbara and back once again to the heart of Napa Valley. Interning early on in his career with famed winemaker Jean-Claude Berrouet at Chateau Petrus, Willenborg learned key elements that shape a world class wine from the ground to the glass. He has garnered acclaim and accolades producing wines of distinction throughout his travels.
Country born: United States
Education: B.S. Fermentation Science, U.C. Davis 1985
Internship: Chateau Petrus with Jean-Claude Berrouet 1985
Mentors: Louis P. Martini, Michael Martini and Andre Tchelistcheff
Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years
"Each wine has its own life." "That life begins with the planting and development of the vines. It is then transferred from the earth through the vine as the grapes are harvested, crushed, fermented into wine and bottled. The role of the winemaker is to respectfully steward this life with care and attention to detail."