About our Winemaker – Kian Tavakoli


With over 30 years of winemaking, operations and viticultural experience, Kian Tavakoli brings a stellar combination of sensory and production skills to Greyscale Wines. Having graduated with a degree in genetics and enology from UC Davis in 1992, Kian spent 4 years working in the laboratory at Opus One before he joined Clos Du Val. He spent 8 years at Clos du Val, was promoted to assistant winemaker, and eventually ran their red wine program including the highly acclaimed reserve bottlings. After leaving Clos du Val, Kian was a consulting winemaker at a custom crush facility in San Francisco and then established a private consulting business. He is a co-founder and has been a consulting winemaker since 2012. Kian's passion for Bordeaux style wines is the perfect complement to our Greyscale family wine philosophy.

Kian is responsible for everything from vine to bottle -- leading his team in vineyard managment, harvest, crush, fermentation, blending, and aging.

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