Kesner Wines was formed in 2002, during Jason Kesner’s tenure managing Hudson Vineyards in Carneros. Growing fruit for many of the top winemakers in the country, and then sorrowfully seeing his year’s work leave on other people’s trucks drove Jason to stay up all night and hand press a single barrel of Chardonnay during that harvest. The light bulb went off. A cycle was complete.
The next year it was three barrels and our inaugural Chardonnay was released to some of the best restaurants in the country. It was the Highly Recommended Chardonnay at The French Laundry and we have garnered that placement with every vintage since.
In 2008, Jason joined Kistler Vineyards in Sonoma County where his time is split between the vineyards and the winery. In the summer of 2014, Jason was named winemaker for Kistler Vineyards.