Making fine wine is our way of creating a very fine life: Anna Keller

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When Ana Keller's father asked her if she'd take a look at why one of his wines wasn't fermenting properly, the chemistry major living in France had no idea that trip to Napa would change her life for the better!

A Note from the Napa Valley wine guy Jim Morris and Hope Katz Gibbs, co-hosts, the Women Who Make Us Wine show — We are thrilled today’s show featuring Ana Keller, owner of the Keller Estate Wines in Petaluma, CA.

Born and raised in Mexico City, where her love for plants drove her to study biopharmaceutical chemistry. In the ’80s, the family relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area and eventually purchased land in Petaluma.

True pioneers to the region, the Keller family planted the first Chardonnay vineyard in 1989.  In 1998, she joined the family vineyard and, with her father, started Keller Estate Winery in 2000.

“Growing grapes, it turns out, was a perfect fit for my love of plants,” says Ana, who shares that making wine became a second love. Since then, Keller Estate now farms sustainably 94 acres of vineyard and produces wines exclusively from the family’s property, a genuine estate.

In 2013, Ana Joined the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance’s board and was instrumental in creating the Petaluma Gap AVA. Ana loves cooking for the family and finds that she’s always reaching out to her Mexican roots for inspiration and flavors.