The McKahn Family
Established in 2014, McKahn Family Cellars has dedicated itself to crafting site specific Rhône varietal wines of quality and character. We are not beholden to any single appellation and will search near and far for a vineyard that will produce fruit that meet our standard. California is blessed with some of the most diverse terroir in the world, and our wines reflect that wealth of diversity from the Russian River Valley to the Napa Valley; from the Sierra Foothills to the Livermore Valley.
We value family, friendship and tradition, and our wines are crafted with the intention of being shared among loved ones. We respect the millennia old tradition of winegrowing and take every precaution necessary to ensure each of our wines are unique to their specific terroir and varietal.
Charles McKahn – Owner/Winemaker
Charles is the first in his family to become a winemaker. He chose the wine life as a young 15 year old when none of his classmates were discussing the wine industry as a career. He graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with an Enology degree in 2011 and immediately found a job in St. Helena, Napa Valley with the prestigious Chappellet Winery. After working his way up to Assistant Winemaker over the course of five years, at the young age of 26 he became the Winemaker at William Harrison Winery in Rutherford, Napa Valley. As of 2022, he is now a consulting winemaker for numerous brands including William Harrison Winery & Acumen Wines. His dream was to always have his own wine brand and with the help of his family, he realized that dream in 2014. You can read more about his journey here.
Denise McKahn – Owner/CEO
Denise started her career in the wine industry over 30 years ago when she worked as an Accounting Assistant at the historic Wente Vineyards in Livermore, California. She was with Wente for 8 years when she decided to leave the wine industry to be closer to home and spend more time with the family. After seeing her only son Charles head off to college in 2007, Denise decided she wanted to pursue her passion for wine. She was the Operations Manager at Concannon Vineyard from 2010-2018. Meanwhile, Denise convinced her husband and son to start making their own family wine, and McKahn Family Cellars was created in 2014. Denise now runs the day-to-day operations for McKahn Family Cellars.
Kevin McKahn – Owner
Kevin has spent the last 35 years as a high voltage electrician and recently retired to focus on the family business. He works tirelessly in helping Charles with the wine production as well as providing insights into the family business. He enjoys meeting new people and loves sharing stories of our short history in this wonderful life of wine.
Brittany McKahn – Owner
Brittany has ten years of luxury wine sales experience and has worked for multiple premium wine brands throughout Napa Valley, including Hudson Ranch, Kapcsándy Family Winery, and Titus Vineyards, with an expertise in Wine Club Management and Sales. Today, Brittany assists with the day-to-day operations for McKahn Family Cellars.