Meet Burgess Cellars Winemaker, Vintner And Vineyards Manager



Brought up in the pastoral community of Santa Maria on California’s Central Coast, Kelly Woods chose to build upon her agricultural roots and follow a career in viticulture through the world famous UC Davis School of Viticulture and Enology.

Kelly’s winemaking career has seen her at the likes of Seavey, Bryant Family, and Sequoia Grove Winery in the Napa Valley as well as further afield in New Zealand. She manages all aspects of winemaking - be it in the cellar, lab, or out in the field. Kelly’s strong sensory skills and broad knowledge of wine styles have brought Burgess an enhanced focus on objective and precision in our wine-making.



Steven Burgess was actually born during the winery’s first harvest!

Steven Burgess did not always work in the family business. He earned degrees in Agricultural Systems Management and Agricultural Business as well as a Wine-Marketing Certificate. Steven was a high school physics teacher, wine representative, night barman and restorer of vintage trailers. In 2004 his father, Tom, persuaded him to return to Burgess Cellars. In 2013, Steven was promoted to President of Burgess Cellars making it a true Second Generation family business.

In addition to many aspects of managing the vineyards and winery, he can often be seen doing some carpentry, welding, repairing a vehicle, mending 1800’s stone walls or helping with the harvest. Steven fills his rare spare time cycling, camping, tinkering and cleaning up after his kids. He serves on the Wine Service Co-op Board of Directors and is a Volunteer Fire Fighter for the local station.



Jim Burgess consults and directs the vineyard operations. He is one of the brightest, most resourceful, and dedicated vineyard managers in the valley. He has been in this role at Burgess Cellars since 2013 and has made incredible progress in the vineyards.

Jim is sometimes part of the “tasting panel” for blending along with Kelly Woods and Steve Burgess. Jim is the owner of Haymaker Vineyard, the Burgess Cellars estate vineyard that Tom Burgess developed in 1987 and then sold to Jim in 2012.
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