Sonoma, Calif. February 3, 2021 – Bartholomew Estate Winery, producer of estate wines from the birthplace of California viticulture located in the heart of Sonoma Valley, announced today that Keith LaVine has joined the team as General Manager.
“Keith unites his passion for the wine business with the business of wine. We are thrilled to have him lead our team in delivering a memorable experience, with remarkable wines from this truly historic property,” said Anna Pope, Trustee of Bartholomew Park and Bartholomew Estate Winery Co-Owner.
LaVine comes to Bartholomew Estate most recently from Rutherford Wine Company, where he was the General Manager of their Domestic Operations. Prior to Rutherford Wine Company, Keith has been in leadership roles with Artesa Winery in Napa, Lynmar Estate and Sonoma Cutrer Vineyards in Sonoma.
Introduced to wine through his years in the hotel and restaurant industries in his home state of Georgia, LaVine then went to work for Empire Distributing, a wine and spirits distributor in Atlanta, where his interest in the wine industry grew. He moved to California in 1998 and has been working and living in wine country ever since.
Bartholomew Estate Winery opened its doors in April of 2019 as a brand new winery in the heart of the 375-acre Bartholomew Park in Sonoma Valley, California. Bartholomew Estate was formed by Anna Pope, as Trustee of the Frank H. Bartholomew Foundation (owner and operator of the non-profit Bartholomew Park), and noted Winemaker, Kevin Holt, to honor the legacy of Frank and Antonia Bartholomew. In 1943, the Bartholomews purchased the land, only to discover that it was the birthplace of California viticulture; the center of Count Agoston Harazthy’s rancho that contained the sites of his residence and original winery. Today, the winery continues the Bartholomew’s mission to create exquisite wines from the iconic location, to share information on California winemaking and viticulture and to support Bartholomew Park, as the incomparable community treasure it is.