Renowned Winemaker Keith Hock Launches New Venture
April 28, 2015
Napa, CA—After eleven years at Napa Valley’s venerable Schramsberg Vineyards, winemaker Keith Hock announces his full-time emersion into winemaking consulting known as Hock Wines. What started as side projects over the past few years, he now officially hangs his shingle as a consulting winemaker. Already clients include the Piper Sonoma sparkling wine brand made by Remy Cointreau, Skywalker Vineyards in Marin County, as well as new developments in Chardonnay and Cabernet for Napa Valley’s Tognetti Family Winery and Roubaix Vineyards. He also has sparkling projects in the works with Poe Wines and a couple of other notable Napa family brands.
Hock says, “It started out as something to do on the side and has mushroomed into a full-blown enterprise—it’s very exciting for me to find such varied projects in both still and sparkling wines. I love it.”
Schramsberg is undoubtedly the most respected sparkling wine producer in America based at the historic 19th century winery and caves in the forested hills near Calistoga. 2015 celebrates the Davies family’s 50-year anniversary of the brand. They launched J Davies Estate Cabernet Sauvignon to great critical acclaim showcasing the winery’s Diamond Mountain vineyard. Recently they launched Davies Vineyard Pinot Noir as well.
While Hock finished his day-to-day duties at Schramsberg in early April, he continues to consult for the winery, saying, “I had a great time working with the Davies family and team at Schramsberg and J Davies through a time of great growth. It was always exciting, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunities that were knocking on my door.”
Hock earned his degree in viticulture and enology at Fresno State University and worked his way through the industry with a resume that includes Rudd Estate, Saintsbury, Firestone Winery, and Trinchero Napa Valley before his tenure at Schramsberg/J Davies. On top of his work, he also earned an MBA in Wine Business from Sonoma State University. He is an avid, competitive road bicyclist and lives in Napa with his wife and two children.
Hock can be reached at 707.812.0944 or via email at email@example.com