Kristin Belair

Kristin Belair

Honig Vineyard & Winery (Winemaker)

While attending the University of California, Davis, Kristin Belair serendipitously stumbled upon an answer to a daunting career puzzle. For someone unable to choose among a multitude of disciplines, winemaking was an elegant solution.

With a degree in Enology in hand, Kristin spent her first two California harvests as an intern at Trefethen Vineyards, starting in 1981. There, she perfected forklift driving, cleaning tanks, and topping barrels, and learned a lot about small-winery operations. A southern hemisphere harvest experience in Australia taught her even more. Her first full winemaking position, in 1985, was making Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay with Johnson Turnbull, which was subsequently sold and became Turnbull Wine Cellars.

In 1998, after being at one facility for nearly 13 years, she joined Honig as Winemaker. Kristin says that, "being able to craft award-winning, nationally recognized Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon and being part of the dynamic Honig team has been nothing but rewarding." For Kristin, what is most satisfying about making wine is knowing that she plays a part in creating something that people are enjoying in many different settings with family and friends. She believes that wine has an extraordinary way of connecting people, places and experiences.

When not feeding her passion for making wine and growing grapes, Kristin can generally be found engaging in some sort of outdoor activity. Her current favorites are skiing, running, mountain biking, and climbing.