B Cellars Master Winemaker
B Cellars master winemaker Kirk Venge comes from a long lineage of winemaking. Kirk is the protégé son of Nils Venge, a legendary Napa Valley winemaker whose wines consistently score above 90 points in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate and other prestigious wine journals. Kirk's deep family roots in viticulture and his passion for the industry that ensued led him to be named one of the top twenty young winemakers in the world by Food & Wine magazine. Kirk's heritage, love for winemaking, and unparalleled paternal tutelage have all provided him with a foundation bound for success in the wine industry.
Prior to B Cellars, Kirk worked at Mumm's Napa Valley for five harvest seasons and one season at Rapaura Vintners in Marlborough, New Zealand. In 1999, Kirk dove in head first and launched his own venture, Venge Vineyards, where his quest for doing something in his own right was realized. His hard work paid off at Venge; you could taste his perfectionism and philosophy of "making wine in the vineyard" in each and every bottle.
Adhering to the dictum that there is no substitute for absolute quality, Kirk moved on to B Cellars, where his unmistakable commitment to his work and fastidious nature became even more apparent. He works hand-in-hand with all of the vineyards with which B Cellars has become aligned and is instrumental in the company's overall winemaking operation, employing a multi-vineyard strategy and developing distinct flavors by blending wines from mutually complementary varietals.
Kirk graduated from the University of California at Davis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Viticulture and Enology.