Winemaker, Diamond Mountain Vineyard
Drawing on nearly 30 years in the wine industry, California native, Kevin Vecchiarelli believes that extraordinary wines capture the vineyard site and its unique characteristics. Identifying particular attributes that require each vineyard site to be farmed differently, tailored to express the perfect balance of canopy and yield with just the right amount of stress. His inspiration to further express terroir winemaking utilizes his analytical eye and artistry of blending to quench his passion for creating that perfect wine.
While pursuing his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Kevin was recognized by Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars for his groundbreaking research for isolating umami compounds found in wine. That deep dive into the chemical makeup of wine led him to the Napa Valley in 2000 to begin his career at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, followed by 17 years at Grgich Hills Estate as the Assistant Winemaker. Determined to craft wines that were precise and focused, Kevin was hired as Associate Winemaker for CIRQ/Browne Family Wines but soon after was given the opportunity of Estate Winemaker and General Manager at Diamond Mountain Vineyard. Given a lot of freedom by the owners, Kevin is able to produce wines that truly express the terroir at the peak of Diamond Mountain.
Country born: United States
Education: Mentors include Phillip TItus, Tim Hanni, and Paul Hobbs
Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years
“With just the right amount of stress from the vineyard, just enough barrel to balance structure and apply a healthy dose of common sense I simply make the best wine that I can with a sense of artistry and place.”