Petar Kirilov, founder & winemaker of Kukeri Wines grew up in Bulgaria, and graduated in 2002 from the prestigious University of Food Technologies, with a master's degree in winemaking. The following year, Petar wanted to learn more about winemaking and decided to leave for California, where he secured an internship with the Carneros award-winning winery Truchard Vineyards in Napa Valley
In 2005, Petar had the chance to come back to California and join the hi-tech wine company Vinovation, 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. In 2013, Petar decided to venture his own brand Kukeri Wines, to focus on producing small lots of quality wines from single vineyards from Napa Valley and Sonoma County.