Keith Emerson - Director of Winemaking
Keith Emerson joined Vineyard 29 as Director of Winemaking in 2005 charged with managing and directing the production of Vineyard 29’s portfolio, including sister labels Aida and Cru. As director of winemaking, Emerson oversees all wine programs for Vineyard 29’s ultra-premium custom crush clientele as well. The opportunity to interact with Napa Valley’s esteemed growers and winemakers has been an integral part of his professional development. With over 12 years of winemaking and vineyard experience, Emerson’s leadership, can-do attitude and organizational skills have earned him the respect of his peers. At Vineyard 29, Emerson manages wine production for prestigious producers including Gemstone and Melka Wines, among others.
Emerson obtained his Enology and Viticulture degree from the University of California at Davis in 1999. After a year at Cakebread Cellars, he accepted an enologist position with Sonoma’s historical Gundlach Bundschu Winery. Emerson quickly excelled to assistant winemaker, soon after was named associate winemaker and became solely responsible for Gundlach Bundschu’s second label, Block 13. The Block 13 program enabled Emerson to cultivate his own personal style of wine and gave him valuable experience in developing a wine brand from the ground up.
In March 2004, Emerson traveled to Martinborough, New Zealand to work for Palliser Estate Wines. For him, the experience of working a vintage in the southern hemisphere was remarkable. In 2005 Emerson continued to raise the bar when he and his colleague, Brian Brown, began work on their very own artisan label, Emerson Brown. Please visit the website at www.EmersonBrownWines.com.
Today, Emerson also makes wine for Robert Craig Winery on Howell Mountain, Knighton Family Vineyards in Calistoga, Leaf + Twig in St. Helena and is now back at the helm at both Gundlach Bundschu and Bartholomew Park Winery in Sonoma. In 2009, Emerson and his wife, Stacey, launched their Shea Vineyard Oregon Pinot Noir brand, Sonrίa, which he hand crafts at Vineyard 29’s state of the art facility. Please visit them at www.SonriaWines.com.
Keith is grateful to Chuck and Anne McMinn for supporting him as he explores new ventures and assists others in making world class wines, all the while keeping Vineyard 29’s wine portfolio his number one priority.