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Our Story

Kivelstadt Cellars was founded on our love of outstanding California vineyards. After leaving a career in consulting, Jordan Kivelstadt traveled the world making wine in California, Australia, Chile, and Argentina. For his inaugural vintage in 2007, Jordan made 125 cases of Syrah from his family’s estate vineyard. He drew inspiration both from his new world experiences and for European cuisine, art, and culture.

Our focus is exploring incredible California vineyards with a nod toward the rich history and balance of old-world wines. Today, the winemaking reins are expertly guided by Sam Baron, who obtained his degree in Viticulture and Enology took him all over the world. He joined Kivelstadt in 2017 after finding that he and Jordan’s philosophies aligned.

Our production has grown to 6,000 cases annually. We are currently distributed in more than 25 states and continue breaking the mold by opening California’s first Winegarten in 2020. We strive to create wine, and food, that maintains a fun, approachable, and accessible style while challenging the status quo of California winemaking.

Organically farmed, our vineyard’s slopes are some of the most beautiful you will see in the world

The base for everything we do is the Kivelstadt Vineyard. Nestled in the hills 4.5 miles northwest of Glen Ellen, the vineyard’s volcanic shallow soils and steep terrain forces vines to struggle for nutrients and water. Of course, this struggle is the trademark of many of the greatest wines and vines in the world.

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Our Story

Kivelstadt Cellars was founded on our love of outstanding California vineyards. After leaving a career in consulting, Jordan Kivelstadt traveled the world making wine in California, Australia, Chile, and Argentina. For his inaugural vintage in 2007, Jordan made 125 cases of Syrah from his family’s estate vineyard. He drew inspiration both from his new world experiences and for European cuisine, art, and culture.

Our focus is exploring incredible California vineyards with a nod toward the rich history and balance of old-world wines. Today, the winemaking reins are expertly guided by Sam Baron, who obtained his degree in Viticulture and Enology took him all over the world. He joined Kivelstadt in 2017 after finding that he and Jordan’s philosophies aligned.

Our production has grown to 6,000 cases annually. We are currently distributed in more than 25 states and continue breaking the mold by opening California’s first Winegarten in 2020. We strive to create wine, and food, that maintains a fun, approachable, and accessible style while challenging the status quo of California winemaking.

From the Winery

A smiling Sam Baron, winemaker for Kivelstadt Cellars, standing high between a narrow row of stacked wine barrels

Sam Baron has a passion for restrained and elegant wines, organic and sustainable farming, and has a desire to explore unique California vineyards — this makes him right at home in the Kivelstadt family.

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2016 Old Wyves Tale Carignane

$35.00
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$48.00
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Eco Terrano

Eco Terreno’s philosophies align completely with Kivelstadt’s. Because the vineyard is farmed biodynamically, we were ecstatic when Sam found the 50-year-old vine Sauvignon Blanc. It is rare to find Sauvignon Blanc nines this old.

Certified Demeter Biodynamic
CCOF Organic Certified

AVA

Sonoma

Alexander Valley California

Soil

Biodynamically enriched gravel and sand alluvial deposits

Elevation

92 ft

Cooley Ranch

The old, gnarly Carignane vines were planted in 1877, making them the oldest Carignane in California. The vineyard is Certified Organic, head trained, and dry farmed. Brett Domenichelli manages the vineyard continues to astound us with painfully low yields (1.5 tons/acre), but incredibly concentrated fruit.

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Alexander Valley

Northern Sonoma County California

Soil

Cole clay loam formed in alluvial sediment

Elevation

800 to 2000 ft

Venturi Vineyard

Larry Venturi is a third-generation farmer tending to vines planted on his family's historic site in Calpella in Mendocino County. Planted in the late 1940’s, this nearly 70-year-old vineyard is amazingly healthy and productive, with so much life to go! The vines are head trained, dry farmed, and Certified Organic.

AVA

Mendocino County

Northern Calpella Valley California

Soil

Sandstone, shale, and quartz

Elevation

Approx. 680 ft