Kukeri crafts wines from some of the most unique vineyards in Napa Valley and Sonoma County. We treat that fruit as gently as possible, producing small lots of quality wines that display the complexity, power, finesse and specific terroir with Cabernet Sauvignon grown in Mount Veeder, and Pinot Noir from Petaluma Gap and Russian River Valley.
Kukeri ritual is a pagan Bulgarian tradition that may date back as far as 8,000 years to the ancient Thracians – and to Dionysus, the god associated with wine, fertility, and rebirth. The festival is replete with mystical symbolism, steeped as it is in a tradition representing the cycle of life, death and rebirth.
, founder & winemaker of Kukeri Wines
grew up in Bulgaria, and graduated from the prestigious University of Food Technologies in 2002 with a Master's degree in winemaking.
He began his professional career as a Technologist in a Bulgarian distillery. In 2003, Petar decided to leave for California and secure a winemaking internship with Truchard Vineyards in Napa Valley. In 2005, Petar joined the hi-tech wine company Vinovation, as Winemaker, where he has been involved in numerous research and development projects. In 2008, Petar joined Meadowcroft Wines
and Foyt Wines
as a Winemaker to oversee the production of high-quality wines. He also is a founder of the wine industry website VinoEnology.com
In 2010, Petar decide to start his own brand Kukeri Wines, to focus on producing of small lots quality wines form single vineyards. In 2013 after a long vinification we bottled the first vintage of the 2010 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon
and later the Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.