Ryan Crane, Head Winemaker & Owner

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 landed him a position of Assistant Winemaker at Va Piano Vineyards.  The influence and support of true luminaries in the Washington wine industry like Marie-Eve Gilla, Justin Wylie (Va Piano), and Steve Brooks (Trust Cellars) plus so many more propelled Ryan to where he has found himself today: in the midst of Kerloo Cellars dream-like reality.

In 2015, Ryan moved Kerloo Cellars back to Seattle for city livin & family. Ryan lives in West Seattle with his two children Beckett, Sullivan & Lex our goofy lab.  Wine, family, and love sum up the core of Kerloo Cellars wines the day we started and now.  

Stephen Lesefko, Production Winemaker

A native Californian, 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 diploma in wine science at the University of Auckland and the completion of a M.Sc. in Viticulture and Enology at Hochschule Geisenheim University in 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.