At Jean Edwards Cellars, the single goal is always to produce the best wines possible from the best fruit sources while retaining a sense of place in the wines - the quality of wine in bottle, purity of fruit in the wines and the wine's overall expression must be a reflection of what nature gives us.
When Kian is not busy in the winery or vineyards, he is actively involved with the Napa Valley Swim Team (along with his wife and three children). Kian is also a martial arts black belt and avid Star Wars fan.
Karen and John are proud to call Kian their winemaker, friend and colleague.
Kian is a graduate of UC Davis and has nearly 30 years of winemaking experience. He started his career with Opus One where he spent four years and then moved on to become assistant winemaker for Clos du Val in 1996. Kian then moved-up to become head winemaker for their cabernet sauvignon and reserve program.
In 2004, Kian joined the Jean Edwards Cellars team and brings to life our vision and blend for each wine. He works closely with our growers, oversees all aspects of our wine production and in 2017 opened a new winery with his business partner that is located just off Hwy 29 in St. Helena (where we now produce our wines).
In 2017 and 2018 Kian was one of the top-3 winemakers in Napa (by Napa Valley Life Magazine) and is again a finalist for this honor in 2020.
Winemaker - Kian Tavakoli
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