At 14 Hands, our winemaker, Keith Kenison, takes a practical approach to winemaking—really letting the fruit express itself with as few manipulations as possible. Making wines that people enjoy drinking is our ultimate goal, so we often make decisions throughout the winemaking process based purely on taste. In the end, we want our wines to be smooth and fruit-forward, yet bold and complex.
Keith has over 20 years of experience working with Washington state wines. He joined Ste. Michelle Wine Estates as a cellar worker in 1992, where he learned firsthand the art of winemaking.
In 1997, Keith moved to Columbia Crest Winery, and was promoted first as a quality assurance technician, and then to an enologist. His talents were quickly recognized, and he was promoted to assistant winemaker in 2002. He has been the winemaker for 14 Hands since its inception in 2005.