Dan Kessler was born in Lansing, Michigan and graduated with a BSEE/MSEE
degree from MIT in 1981. He spent the early part of his career developing state
of the art semiconductor fabrication technologies for Hewlett-Packard in
Fort Collins, CO. In search of warmer weather, Dan made his move to sunny
where he joined Vitesse, a small high tech startup company.
A love for wine started Dan on a journey that took on a life of its own. Drinking
wine led to learning about wine; led to learning about winemaking; led to
making wine as a home winemaker; led to planting a small 200 vine vineyard in
his backyard; led to obtaining a Winemaker’s Certificate from the UC Davis Distance
Learning program; led to falling in love with Sta. Rita Hills; led to buying
a 40 acre parcel and planting a 30 acre vineyard; led to, well, where he is today. Join Dan and Ellen on this journey through the wine regions of the Rhine and Main rivers.