Vina Robles announced the appointment of Kevin Willenborg as new winemaker. With over 28 years of winemaking experience, Willenborg will lead the winery team to solidify Vina Robles’ reputation. He follows in the footsteps of Nick de Luca, who moved back to the Santa Ynez Valley for family reasons.
Willenborg graduated from the University of California at Davis with a Bachelor’s degree in Fermentation Science and has since gained extensive winemaking experience in key regions such as Bordeaux, Napa Valley, Sonoma, British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, as well as California’s Central Coast. His fast paced career started with an internship at Chateau Petrus in 1984, which provided him with a great introduction into the industry’s traditions and philosophy. Thereafter, Willenborg held key winemaking roles at Louis M. Martini in St. Helena, CA, Cedar Creek Estate in Kelowna, Canada, and Firestone Vineyard in Los Olivos, CA. Most recently, he spent two years as associate winemaker at Rubicon Estate in Rutherford, CA.
Having worked with revered industry luminaries such as Louis P. Martini, Michael Martini, André Tchelistcheff, and Stéphane Derenoncourt, Willenborg had the opportunity to learn the elements that shape a world class wine from ground to glass.