In 1998, Helen Keplinger moved to California to attend the MS program in Enology at UCDavis. Since UC Davis, she has worked with Heidi Barrett, Kathy Joseph, Michel Rolland,and David Abreu. Since 2004, she has made wine for some exciting projects, includingCellers Melis (Priorat, Spain), Kenzo Estate, Arrow & Branch, Bryant Family Vineyards,and is currently crafting Kerr Cellars, Waterfall, Carte Blanche and Grace Family Vineyardand the Consulting Enologist at Force Majeure in Washington.
In 2006, Winemaker Helen Keplinger and husband DJ Warner launched Keplinger Wines in Napa Valley, with a focus on small production, single vineyard Rhone varietals wines. Since then, acclaim has been building, with press accolades naming Helen Food & Wine Magazine’s 2012 Winemaker of the Year and she graced the cover of Wine Spectator’s June 15, 2014 edition, with an inspirational story by James Laube.
Keplinger focuses on making seamlessly-crafted, terroir-driven, Rhone varietal wines from unique and diverse sites in Napa, Sonoma & Sierra Foothills. All the vineyards are hillside or mountain sites, carefully farmed for small berries and concentrated flavors, in close collaboration with Keplinger. The wines are made in small lots, with careful attention paid to every detail. Keplinger constantly strives to make unique wines that are expressions of their vineyards and vintages. Today, production of ten boutique cuvees totals 1,600 cases, and a single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from the Oakville AVA has been added to the line up.
More information can be found at www.keplingerwines.com