Hailing from the mountains of Northern California, Kip's passion for wine developed while living on the Central Coast after his matriculation from the University of California Santa Barbara. After three years in the wholesale industry, Kip chose to pursue that passion and turn it into a career. Leaving behind the corporate life, Kip took a temporary harvest job as a cellar hand at Orcutt Road Cellars in San Luis Obispo in the famed Edna Valley AVA for the 2010 Harvest. After harvest, Kip was awarded a full time position where he learned the fundamentals of crafting award-winning Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the ground up.
Taking the next step in his career, Kip pursued an opportunity at Bronco Wine Company, one of the largest producers in the state. There, he honed his skills as a lab tech, cellar supervisor and ultimately elevated to an Assistant Winemaker position, overseeing red wine production, as well as crafting wines for both domestic and international customers. In 2015, Kip was given the opportunity to return to the Central Coast as part of the winemaking team at Terravant Wine Company, a custom crush facility in Buellton. There, he was afforded the opportunity to work with some of the best vineyards and fruit in the state, as well as work, hand-in-hand, with some of the most highly lauded winemakers.
"The entire process, from vine to table, is fascinating," says Kip, "We take something that we foster up from the earth and create something that is so nuanced and complex and brings so much joy to people. It's a wonderful combination of art and science, akin to a modern-day alchemy." When asked about his winemaking style, Kip responds with "Stand back and let the fruit do the work. We want our wines here at Wild Horse to show a sense of place. We really want to showcase the vineyard in the finished wines with as little intervention as possible."
When not in the winery, Kip enjoys all that the Central Coast has to offer by way of surfing, hiking, backpacking, hunting and fishing.