Michael Keenan, Keenan Winery, St. Helena


Michael Keenan is the son of our founder, Robert Keenan. He is our new President and brings the same love of Spring Mountain and its wines as his father. Michael has been associated on and off with the winery since he was literally a child. This makes him a vital new member of our team and a man who can be counted on to continue the heritage and quality which people have come to trust in when they drink Keenan wines. Michael's wife, Jennifer Walker Keenan, is the design and artistic consultant of the Robert Keenan Winery image. She has designed the labels and redecorated the dining and wine tasting room. Jennifer is on call for the look and feel of all special events.

Nils Venge-Nappy Valley Wine Maker

NILS VENGE, Consulting Winemaker

As a proven winemaker for over 20 years, Nils Venge is widely recognized for his attention to detail and personal supervision of the winemaking process from vine cultivation to bottling. He is reputed as being one of the best Cabernet Sauvignon makers in the Valley, producing big, opulent wines which have tremendous cellaring potential. He was the first American winemaker to ever receive a score of "100" from Robert Parker, Jr. of The Wine Advocate for one of his 1985 Cabernet Sauvignons.

Randy Kewell, Keenan Winery, St. Helena

RANDY KEWELL, Assistant Winemaker

Before joining Keenan in January of 1995, Randy previously worked as assistant winemaker at Lakespring Winery in Yountville for seven years. In charge of all cellar operations from crush to bottling. Randy's wife, Laura is Keenan's tasting room manger, and is in charge of special events. Randy, Laura, and their children Cristopher and Terry, live in an historic house located on the Keenan Estate.

Matt Gardner, Keenan Winery, St. Helena

MATT GARDNER, General Manager

After graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Matt worked for a year at a small winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and began work at Keenan in December of 1994. Matt now oversees winery and vineyard operations, and is the on-site contact for marketing and administration. Matt and his wife Shari live on the Keenan estate with their two children, Madelyn and Ben.