Steven Burgess was actually born during the winery’s first harvest!
Steven did not always work in the family business. He earned degrees in Agricultural Systems Management and Agricultural Business as well as a Wine-Marketing Certificate. Steven was a high school physics teacher, wine representative, night barman and restorer of vintage trailers. In 2004 his father, Tom, persuaded him to return to Burgess Cellars. In 2013, Steven was promoted to President of Burgess Cellars making it a true Second Generation family business.
In addition to many aspects of managing the vineyards and winery, he can often be seen doing some carpentry, welding, repairing a vehicle, mending 1800’s stone walls or helping with the harvest. Steven fills his rare spare time cycling, camping, tinkering and cleaning up after his kids. He serves on the Wine Service Co-op Board of Directors and is a Volunteer Fire Fighter for the local station.
KELLY WOODS / Winemaker
Brought up in the pastoral community of Santa Maria on California’s Central Coast, Kelly Woods chose to build upon her agricultural roots and follow a career in viticulture through the world famous UC Davis School of Viticulture and Enology.
Kelly’s winemaking career has seen her at the likes of Seavey, Bryant Family, and Sequoia Grove Winery in the Napa Valley as well as further afield in New Zealand. She manages all aspects of winemaking - be it in the cellar, lab, or out in the field. Kelly’s strong sensory skills and broad knowledge of wine Burgess Cellar's wine-making.
Steven Burgess, President / Vintner
Family owned and operated since 1972.
When Tom Burgess purchased the 1870's era winery in 1972 he established himself as a pioneer of mountain side wineries. He saw the potential of mountain vineyards to produce wines that evoke the French concept of terrior: that the grapes, and thus the wines, should reflect the vineyard's soil, exposure, and overall micro-climate.
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