Ryan Crane, Winemaker

Ryan Crane originally founded Kerloo Cellars in 2007 while residing in Walla Walla, Washington. His passion for winemaking and commitment to producing quality wines is apparent in every glass of Kerloo. 

Ryan’s hands-on winemaking story began as a volunteer at Animale Cellars in Seattle, years before Kerloo was founded. After falling in love with the process, Ryan probed further, eventually working crush under the keen eye of Marie-Eve Gilla at Forgeron Cellars. He then left behind his ordinary life in Seattle to pursue an AAAS in Enology and Viticulture in Walla Walla.

Ultimately his passion landed him the position of Assistant Winemaker at Va Piano Vineyards, a position to which he reported for three years. The influence and support of true luminaries in the Washington wine industry like Gilla, Justin Wylie of Va Piano, and Steve Brooks of Trust Cellars propelled Ryan forward to where he has found himself today: in the midst of his Kerloo Cellars dream-like reality.

In addition to building the Kerloo brand and pushing winemaking to new levels, Ryan has ventured into the production of concrete wine vessels (RAW Concrete Company).  

In 2015 Ryan moved Kerloo Cellars to SoDo, the industrial section of Seattle. Ryan is also the proud father of his two sons, Beckett and Sullivan. Wine, family, and love sums up the core of Kerloo Cellar wines. 

Stephen Lesefko, Assistant Winemaker

An OG Seattle native, Stephen began his winemaking journey out of the desire to create something unique. The allure of winemaking’s combination of art and science drove him to pursue a post graduate study in wine science at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Stephen’s love of wine studies lead him to the completion of a M.Sc. in Viticulture and Enology at Hochschule Geisenheim University in Geisenheim, Germany. He then did a research thesis focusing on bud fruitfulness and canopy management at the University of Adelaide in South Australia.

Stephen has an international roster of vino experience including working at Goldie Estate on New Zealand’s Waiheke Island and apprenticing at Weingut George-Müller-Stiftung in Germany’s Rheingau region.

Stephen joined Kerloo for the 2016 vintage after speaking with Ryan over Skype and discovering that their approach to winemaking was very much aligned. Stephen brings his passion for winemaking and grape growing to the Kerloo crew and is in heaven making wines with a definite sense of place and character.

Yvonne Davis, Operations & Marketing Director

Yvonne is a girl who has always followed her dreams. The result has blessed her with exciting experiences in Advertising, Photography, Television, and now Wine.

In 2010, Yvonne left Los Angeles to check out rumors of a booming wine scene in WA State. Minutes upon arriving in Seattle she found herself taking Wine & Marketing classes at the North West Wine Academy. Yvonne has never looked back and now toasts and clinks away full time.

Yvonne met Ryan while she was working in distribution. She loved Ryan’s energy and thought what he was doing with WA wine was interesting and unique. Yvonne appreaciated Ryan’s flair for Rhone and Spanish varietals and respects creative types who beat to their own drum.

Today Yvonne acts as Ryan’s Operations & Marketing Director which means she’s involved in all things Kerloo. Working with Ryan in the heart of SoDo is an urban dream come true. The wine energy is abuzz as we turn the pulse of the city and the heart of WA State into quality wines.