In 2019, Keller Estate celebrates 30 years since the family planted the original vines on the property. We currently, sustainably and organically farm 92 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Syrah, and Viognier and produce 3,000 cases for the Keller Estate label and sell the balance of the fruit. As we start settling into the new Petaluma Gap AVA, I find that I am presenting our winery with a renewed sense of place and our family's trajectory. I am thrilled to welcome Julien Teichmann as our winemaker and hope you will enjoy reading more about him. Working on the 2016 vintage and finalizing blends for the 2017 wines gave him a good background for his first vintage at the helm in 2018. His first wine grape to bottle is the 2018 Rose of Pinot Noir.
Julien Teichmann is the winemaker at Keller Estate. Born in Goettingen, Germany. His passion for fermentation started with an internship at the brewery where his brother worked, and as intriguing as it was, Julien found something was missing. To figure out this enigma, Julien spent some time in Florence, Italy where he had his first contact with winemaking and most importantly with vineyards. Soon the art of wine and the “full circle from vineyard to bottle” made sense. The drive to earn a degree in winemaking was the natural next step, and he received his degree from the Weincampus Neustadt, Germany.
After his studies, Julien traveled the world working harvests: from Romania, New Zealand to Australia and finally the U.S. in 2013 for an internship at Kosta Browne where he got a glimpse of the California way of winemaking. As he says, where "tech meets wine," and a true state of the art quality-driven winery. After some time at Merry Edwards, Keller Estate was lucky to entice him to join the team as Assistant Winemaker early 2017. In April 2018 Julien took the helm of winemaking at Keller Estate and alongside with Estate Director, Ana Keller they are crafting our wines and nurture our vineyard.
Critical in Julien’s career has been profound respect for the vineyard and a holistic approach to farming and winemaking, making him a perfect fit for our Estate.