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Steve Rowell began making wine in 2010 as part of a local hobbyist group. His passion for wine quickly became evident as his closet and then garage filled with carboys. In 2012, his wife, Keira, got her hair done for a hospital Gala and came home to pouring rain only to find her parking spot in the garage had four French Oak wine barrels in it! Out of frustration, she suggested they start a commercial winery as this would solve her parking issue. Of course there was a little more involved, including Steve's attendance at WSU's enology school, but that's basically what happened and a new Washington winery came to be.
Now our wine maker, Steve, is clever. He pondered what to name the winery but he had only one name in mind. To him, it was the name that represented his driving force to pursue his passions and take the risks necessary to achieve them. Keira Cellars was born. Steve admits that naming the Winery after his wife was probably the best decision he's ever made. We believe it's likely kept him out of the dog house once or twice. In keeping with his idea, in 2016 he created a red wine blend called "My Redhead" - a Double Gold winner at Seattle Wine Awards - so he really is clever.
Since our humble beginnings, our Keyholders Club Members and the people that have tasted it with us have fallen in love with our wines. "We love people and make wine people love." Our hope is that you find your experience with us to be unique, personal and memorable.
Note: We closed our tasting room on 12/31/2019. We are still a WA winery. We will be selling our wine via restaurants and our website Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (425) 765-9159. Cheers!
After several years of home winemaking, Steve decided to earn his Certificate in Enology at Washington State University to be considered a pro.
This photo is at our former winery facility in Woodinville, WA. We put a lot of money, time and effort into creating the perfect production space.
Though we moved out we are working to find the perfect spot to land in the future.
Most of our 100 barrels are French Oak from top Cooperages with just the right toast with the right grain to equal what we like to call our Goldilocks Barrels - they were "just right" for our style of winemaking and perfect to age our wines the way we wanted them to turn out.
We love people and make wine people love. Our beautiful barrels paired with excellence in our winemaking and handcrafting each of our wines to ensure every bottle is exceptional was always our game plan. Many of our wines garnered Gold and Double Gold Medals so, we must be on to something!