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Our Team

 

Craig MacLean

Winemaker


Craig is a talented winemaker and wonderful friend. We are proud to have him as part of our team since 2001. Craig also is the winemaker for several other small family-owned wineries such as Juslyn Vineyards, Ilsley Vineyards, Ahnfeldt Vineyards, Anselmo and Bialla Vineyards. Craig’s connection to the world of wine began after attending a series of wine tastings organized by a client in 1982-83. At that time Craig was operating a landscaping business after receiving his B.S. in Plant Science from U.C. Davis. This new interest coupled with the desire to earn a post graduate degree culminated in Craig’s return to U.C. Davis to get a Master’s Degree in Enology. In 1986, during his last year in the Enology program, Craig worked the harvest at Chappellet Vineyard. Upon graduation he was hired as Assistant Winemaker for Markham Vineyards where he stayed for 2 years. In 1989 he accepted the Assistant Winemaker position at Cain Cellars and the following year he was promoted to Winemaker and continued the Cain Five tradition for four vintages. In 1994, Craig moved down the hill to Spring Mountain Vineyard for four vintages. Early in1998 Craig and some friends decided to create a small wine brand together. What started out as a 500 case project soon grew to 3000 cases and Craig left Spring Mountain to found the Kelham MacLean project. After three vintages, Craig and his partners sold the company, and in 2001, Craig crushed the first grapes for MacLean Wines (this time, solo).