Thank goodness it’s Friday!
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am ready to do some wine tasting!
Don’t forget that this weekend from 2-5PM we have live music on Saturday and Sunday!
Saturday will be Jeff Kea’na’aina will be playing some great Hawaiian music!
Sunday will be the amazing Louie Ortega and crew!!!
Hey Kelsey Lovers!
As many of our long time members have noticed, this last couple years we
have been growing greatly. Last year we drastically increased our production size, and this year for Harvest it is going to be wild!
Only a short few months to go, and our winemaker Jac and his assistant Joey have been hard at work preparing everything for Crush. New French Oak barrels, and several new stainless steel tanks. We (and by we, I mean him and our cousin Che) even built Jac actual lab space for all of the tests that have to be run to make wine properly!
Crush… It is going to be a blast! 12-16 hour days, 6-7 days a week for around 3 months… wait… why was it that we love doing this so much???
That’s right… now I remember!!
Hi Kelsey Lovers!
So this is our debut blog post!
I figured that this first one should talk about what is really important to us out here at Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards…
Like all good beginnings, it happened because someone was bored.
Dick Kelsey retired from the family business (Antone Sylvester Tug) and was getting restless. After decades of seeing the various members of the family every other day at work he started trying to think up ways to get everyone back together, and one day, while having his morning coffee he found himself looking at the old barn on the family property and thinking to himself “This could be fine spot for a winery…”
Fast forward a few months and he has the whole family out planting our first vineyard in See Canyon… I won’t lie, I remember complaining for days about child labor laws being broken! These days I find myself telling my younger cousins that there is no such thing as child labor laws and they better get to work!
The years went by and bit by bit Dick was able to get all of the family involved. These days if you come here and don’t run into one of us, you probably just weren’t looking. Dick’s oldest son Keith Kelsey co-manages the winery with his sister in-law Laurie Kelsey and it is a regular thing to
run into Laurie’s kids helping out with odd jobs, or to find Keith’s son Clive & daughter Devon to be in the tasting room. Our cousin Colleen does all of the artwork that you find on our labels and find in the tasting room, cousin David helps out whenever we have events or bottling projects, and I myself worked the production side helping the winemaker before I got too busy managing the wine club. Even my mom, Dick’s niece Laurie Vasquez helps us with filing and keeping organized. Depending on the weekend, you might even run into Colleen’s kids causing trouble while Aunt Delores chases after them!
We started the winery for two reasons.
We wanted to have something to bring our own family together, and we wanted to help bring other families together. Though it takes a lot of work, we try our best to provide everyone with a place that they can go and feel comfortable, a winery where you don’t have to feel like you need to keep your back straight and your nose in the air.
The greatest thing we have gotten to see out here over the years?
We’ve watched couples date, get married, get pregnant, and then bring the babies here! I can think of a handful of kids who we have literally watched them take their first steps, say their first words and even chase their first peacock.
To us nothing can compare with that feeling. It’s about family.
I can’t speak about your personal family when you are away from the winery, but when you are here, you are a part of our family and we are glad to see you.
On behalf of our entire Kelsey family