A Celebration of Life: Kukeri Wines
Napa and Sonoma are home to some of the most esteemed vineyards in the world. With a backbone in artistry, vintners work endlessly to showcase the regions’ renowned terrior through creative brilliance. For Petar Kirilov of Kukeri Wines, heritage and passion laid the groundwork for wines that are rooted in tradition.
“I was born and raised in Bulgaria,” said Petar Kirilov, Founder and Winemaker for Kukeri Wines. “I fell in love with wine when I was 12 or 13 years old. I helped my Father make wine and grappa.”
After Graduating from the University of Food Technologies in 2002, Kirilov obtained a master’s degree in winemaking the following year. Post graduation, Kirilov decided to further his educational journey and move to California. Accepting an internship with Truchard Vineyards in Carneros, the aspiring Winemaker dedicated himself to the study and practice of making wine.
“After Truchard, I was fortunate to come back to California and work with Vinovation,” said Kirilov. “In 2008, I joined Meadowcroft Wines and Foyt Wines as the Head Winemaker.”
With a background in production, research and development, Kirilov’s experience gave way to his undeniable talent. Proving that perseverance and ambition is a recipe for success, Petar launched his own brand in 2013 with a desire to make exceptional boutique wines from single vineyards.
“I fell in love with Mt. Veeder Cabernet,” expressed Kirilov. “I asked to get a ton and start my own label. In 2013, I made 50 cases of my first wine, Mt. Veeder Cabernet.”
Named after a celebrated pagan ritual, Kukeri Wines pay tribute to the Bulgarian festival that is steeped in tradition and symbolism for over 8,000 years. Dating back to the Thracians and the ancient Greek god, Dionysus, god of grape harvest, winemaking and fertility, Kukeri is a time honored representation of rebirth, death and the circle of life.
“Kukeri wines are a celebration of life,” said Kirilov. “The goal is to enjoy great wine, forget about all of the bad and negative things and revel in the good.”
With a wine portfolio consisting of eight wines to date showcasing fruit from Mount Veeder, Stags Leap, Rutherford, the Petaluma Gap, Los Carneros and the Russian River Valley, Kukeri Wines are elegant, expressive and well balanced. Creating a legacy for his family, Petar Kirilov has proven that passion fuels the soul.
1446 Industrial Ave.
Sebastopol, CA, 95472