Kristen McMahan is a winemaker in the Anderson Valley of California where she is committed to crafting wines that embody both the rustic beauty and refinement that have made the valley famous among Pinot Noir enthusiasts. Kristen’s passion for Pinot Noir began on a trip to Australia before she coveted it all the more when she moved to Sonoma County and began working at Korbel Winery. She quickly earned her Associate of Science degree in enology from Santa Rosa Junior College and worked with Joseph Phelps‘ Freestone Winery on the Sonoma Coast.
In 2019, she joined Goldeneye where she quickly became acclaimed for her scientific mind and creativity. She has since built on the valley’s reputation as one of the world’s preeminent locations for growing Pinot Noir and established Goldeneye‘s status as one of North America’s great Pinot Noir wineries. Inspired by the vibrant red fruit purity of the Confluence Vineyard wines, the voluptuous depth of Gowan Creek, and the fascinating terroir–driven rusticity of The Narrows Vineyard, Kristen is dedicated to preserving the charm and complexity of nearly 100 individual lots of wine each vintage.
From the 20 clones of Pinot Noir planted at her estate vineyards, to her custom small–lot winery, Kristen is all about detail and variety. Thanks to her efforts, Goldeneye has become synonymous with the Anderson Valley. Collectors around the world seek out her highly acclaimed wines, which have even been served at the White House. Although Kristen is determined to make Goldeneye wines a mark of prestige for Anderson Valley, she is also humble in her leadership. Through her hard work and dedication, she is humbly focused on crafting beautiful wines that embody the charm of the valley.