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McKahn Family Cellars

Napa Valley AVA

Valuing family, friendship and tradition, McKahn Family Cellars is a team effort offering small-lot, Rhône varietal wines from some of the best vineyards in Northern California.

Established in 2014, McKahn Family Cellars is dedicated to crafting site-specific Rhône-style wines from some of the top vineyards and wine growing appellations in California. While the winery is based in Napa Valley, McKahn Family Cellars intentionally seeks out a variety of properties both locally and in nearby regions such as Russian River Valley, Sierra Foothills and Livermore Valley to show the diversity of terroir that California has to offer. The McKahns pride themselves in valuing family, friendship, and tradition, working together to craft and share a diverse collection of wines from their favorite vineyard discoveries.

The McKahn family’s introduction to the wine industry began over 30 years ago when Denise McKahn worked as an Accounting Assistant at the historic Wente Vineyards in Livermore, California. She was with Wente for eight years before deciding to take time off to spend more time at home with her family. After her son Charles left for college in 2007, Denise continued to pursue her passion for wine becoming the Operations Manager at ConCannon Vineyard for a number of years.

Meanwhile, her son Charles was also bit by the wine bug, inspired by Denise’s work at Wente. He found the wine industry to be the perfect combination of history, tradition, and seasonal variety and went on to study Enology (the science of winemaking) at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Working harvests at McManis Family Vineyards and Tolosa Winery sealed the deal for him, learning what the books couldn’t teach him and falling in love with the entire process. After graduating in 2011, Charles moved to Napa Valley where he worked at the prestigious Chappellet Vineyard as their Assistant Winemaker, and then at the young age of 26, he became the head winemaker at William Harrison Winery in Rutherford.

It was Charles’ dream to ultimately have his own winery brand, and with the help of his family, realized that dream in 2014. McKahn Family Cellars was officially established in Napa Valley.

The winery is a family operation through and through, with Charles overseeing all winemaking duties, his wife Brittany managing the wine club and hospitality needs, his mom Denise running the day-to-day operations, and his father Kevin assisting in wine production.

The McKahn family strives to continue the tradition of the family wine business, focusing on Rhone varieties and crafting small-lot wines from some of the best vineyards in Northern California. We look forward to introducing them to our wine club members!

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