Our Winemaker

Ken Foster - Decades of vine-to-bottle expertise

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Winemaker Ken Foster



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Our Winemaker - Ken Foster

Winemaker Ken Foster is active and full of energy in the cellar and he is enthusiastically involved in every step of the winemaking process from vineyard to bottle. In all of our source vineyards, Ken closely monitors the grapes throughtout the growing season. During the harvest, Ken logs miles through the vineyards to see and taste what the grapes have to offer, and how the vines are maintaining their crop. This hands-on approach to winemaking helps ensure the fruit from our vineyards, and those of our growing partners, is in perfect balance with the vineyards themselves.

In the cellar, Ken utilizes small open top fermentations, a calculated mixture of new and neutral French oak barrels, sur-lie aging, and his own hands-on, varietal-centric approach to carefully craft our entire selection of wines. This approach affords Ken a profusion of options when crafting final blends for all of our wines. In most vintages Ken has over 30 lots of differing Pinot Noirs to choose from in the blending process. Ken’s keen palate, three decades of winemaking experience, and over a decade of experience working with Francis Mahoney's vineyards and estate fruit have combined to produce something very unique and special at Mahoney Vineyards. Our world-class wines express the terroir of our vineyards and are a testament to the artisanal and careful approach Ken Foster takes to winemaking.