A focus on Bordeaux
In 2013, Paolo and Erin wanted to pursue their dream full time. At this point, Barbieri Wines was producing Syrah from multiple vineyards. They knew they wanted to expand production and include more varietals. Erin had a particular love for wines made in the Bordeaux region of France. She decided to launch a label under her last name to compliment Barbieri Wines. Kempe Wines was born, starting with Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The following year, Kempe added two Pinot Noirs and the “Bianco” white wine with Grenache Blanc and Viognier. By 2016, Kempe Wines was made official with a full flight list of rose, white, and red wines.
Like Barbieri, Erin used her last name as the name for the new line. Each label features a blade tiller of different shapes and sizes. Blade tillers are used to prepare and improve soil for agriculture. The Kempe family has a background in farming out of Texas that goes back generations. These tillers can be found at the Tasting Room in Los Olivos.