How it Began
As the next step in their lifelong passion for wine, Chris and Jennifer Cobb began their 'Wine Life' journey with Kuhlman Cellars opening to the public in October of 2014. The Cobb family, including Chris' parents Diane and Reed Cobb, managed a small estate vineyard just north of the winery property in the Texas Hill Country AVA prior to the completion of the winery. The Kuhlman Cellars name was derived from the Kuhlman Creek which originates on their family farm and ultimately empties into the Pedernales River.
Winemaker and Texas wine pioneer, Bénédicte Rhyne, joined the team in 2012 as Winemaker and partner. With a rich history in the Texas Wine community, Bénédicte began her career in Sonoma with Ravenswood Winery after completing her Diplôme National d’Œnologue (Masters in Enology) at the Universite de Bourgogne in Dijon, France. At Kuhlman Cellars, she crafts wine representative of Old World winemaking principles including blending high quality fruit to accent the stongest characteristics while maintaining a subtle hand in the manipulation of the natural juice. With these principles in mind, we strive to make wines of distinction, nuance and great complexity.
Inspired by the winding waterways, geological formations and mineral rich soil types found in the Texas Terroir, Kuhlman Cellars pays homage to this unique terrain in each of its proprietary blends. Recognizing the importance of finding viticultural union between the climate and vine, the Kuhlman winemaking team continues a vigilant pursuit of research, experimentation and education. Reconnecting ourselves, and our guests, with the idea wine is supremely agricultural by nature, builds a bond enjoyed from dirt, to barrel, to bottle.