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