Kerr Cellars is a boutique winery based around a small, passionate team of award-winning wine professionals. Our Napa Valley and Sonoma County wines are made in classic styles inspired by the great wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy, yet they are definitely Californian in their balance of finesse and opulence. We source our grapes from the finest vineyards throughout the valleys and obsess over every detail from the health of the vineyard soils to the grain structure of our oak barrels. We do this because it is our passion to craft extraordinary, terroir-focused wines.
Kerr Cellars Story
Kerr Cellars was founded in 2013 by Sommelier and professional golf star, Cristie Kerr. Her dream was to make uncompromising world-class wines from impeccable vineyards. She took the wine world by storm with the creation of Kerr Cellars which was named as a ‘winery to watch’ by Wine Spectator in the first three years.
Cristie first fell in love with wine on a visit to Napa Valley in 2000. She was seduced by the tranquil hills, rustic old-world charm, and extraordinary ‘Old World’ wines. Seven years later, Cristie joined forces with Suzanne Pride Bryan of Pride Mountain Vineyards to create Curvature Wines. Curvature is a range of boutique wines whose profits support breast cancer research. Showered with praise upon release, Curvature Wines found immediate industry acclaim. The wines were featured on the lists at distinguished restaurants, clubs, cellars, and even served at the White House.
Building on Curvature’s success, Cristie launched Kerr Cellars in 2013 with partner Erik Stevens and highly acclaimed winemaker Helen Keplinger. With such expertise around her, Cristie began creating uncompromising Napa Valley and Sonoma County wines that are true to their place, vintage, and the people who make them. Aiming for perfection in every bottle, Kerr Cellars wines were born of rigorous vineyard selection, intuitive winemaking, and meticulous attention to detail. Made in strictly limited quantities, our wines are all about capturing the very best of our region and bringing you a true taste of our little corner of Northern California.
The beauty of being a négociant winemaker is we’re free to source the highest quality grapes from the finest vineyards in Napa Valley and Sonoma County. With our unique partnerships, Kerr Cellars has access to some incredible private vineyards, giving us the freedom to craft boutique wines from such rarefied sites as Houyi, Beckstoffer George III and Stagecoach.
Making world-class wine is a collaborative effort, one that requires a collective passion for excellence. At Kerr Cellars we couldn’t be more proud of our team, which draws together a broad set of skills from within cult wine and elite sportsmanship. We believe this gives our wines a unique personality, that reflects us as people and unifies our diverse experiences.
Cristie Kerr plays the Samsung World Championship in Vallejo, CA. While there, she visits iconic Napa Valley wineries including Joseph Phelps Vineyards and Staglin Family Vineyard. By the time she returns to Florida, her interest in wine has become an obsession.
One year after Cristie’s mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, she starts her foundation ‘Birdies For Breast Cancer’ to raise awareness and funds to support research for a cure.
Cristie launches Curvature Wines in collaboration with Pride Mountain Vineyards with the idea of crafting a high-end Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon to raise money for breast cancer research.
Curvature Wine’s 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, is served at The White House at a special dinner honoring Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel.
Cristie and Erik founded Kerr Cellars, a small winery making limited production Napa Valley and Sonoma County wines.
Kerr Cellars releases its inaugural vintage (2013) of three wines – Napa Valley Reserve Red, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, and a Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc.
Kerr Cellars is labeled a ‘winery to watch’ by Wine Spectator magazine.
Wappo Hill Vineyard, Stags Leap
Cristie Kerr with Winemaker Helen Keplinger
Cristie Kerr blending wines with the winemaking team