Gwen Othman

Gwen Othman

Kynsi Winery (Winemaker & Owner)

Gwen Othman and her husband, Don, started Kynsi in on the Central Coast in 1995, taking their inspiration for the name of their winery from the resident owls that roost in the barn next to their winery; kynsi is a Finnish word for ”talon.” Kynsi Winery is a focused, family-run operation.

The winery is located in a renovated 1940s dairy where the Othman daughters, Kala and Anna, operate the tasting room. The climate in the Edna Valley is strongly influenced by the ocean, which fosters ideal temperate growing conditions for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Syrah and other cool-growing varieties. Kynsi focuses on producing small lots of vineyard designated wines including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah.