Emeritus Vineyards

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Keith Hammond

Keith was born and raised in Sebastopol, a true Sonoma County native. He studied mechanics and music in college but became infatuated with wine. He started in the wine industry managing wine clubs and pouring in tasting rooms around Sonoma County.

Keith first began at Emeritus in 2007 working for our original winemaker Don Blackburn then Nicolas. He and Nicolas worked together until 2015, when he took a short leave to experiment with different varieties and terroir. Most recently he has been making wine with Philippe Bascaules (managing director of Chateau Margeaux/Inglenook).

From the start, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir has set a high standard for Keith and has largely shaped his vision and expectations for fine wine. He is ecstatic to be back at Emeritus continuing the tradition of crafting unique Pinot from the very special vineyards here.

When he’s not making wine, he loves to explore new places, new wines and new food with his wife Amber and he also has a particular affinity for sipping Chartreuse.