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Kevin Buckler, Owner

Kevin Buckler likes to build things. As a successful entrepreneur and professional athlete, he is the owner and founder of Sonoma’s hot new boutique winery, Adobe Road. He is also the founder and CEO of two of the top teams in professional motorsports, The Racer’s Group (TRG) and TRG Motorsports. The Racer’s Group competes in the Grand- American Rolex Sportscar Series and TRG Motorsports competes in NASCAR. Kevin started his racing career by terrorizing his neighborhood in Southern California. A recipient of the coveted Porsche Cup and the winner of 3 major championships, Kevin has crossed over a hundred finish lines in his racing career—including legendary wins at the 24 hours of Le Mans and the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.

Today, Kevin manages his multi-car professional race teams and motorsports businesses from Petaluma, CA and Mooresville, NC. He balances this love of speed with another driving passion—wine. Kevin takes the same painstaking preparation and attention to detail used in his auto racing ventures and applies it to the careful and meticulous crafting of his Adobe Road wines.

He began by searching out the best vineyard sites for the wines he wanted to make. Cabernet Sauvignon comes from pristine small properties in Sonoma and Napa Valleys; Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc from a small vineyard in the Russian River; Dry Creek is the source of the award winning Zinfandel; while a Syrah comes from Dry Creek and Sonoma County. Kevin personally knows each vineyard, and personally knows each vineyard owner. It’s how he does business.

Sourcing the best grapes is only part of the equation. Kevin will tell you that a great car can’t win a race, only a team can win a race. He put together a top-level winemaking team, headed by Michael Scorsone, to help make the wines. Kevin has a very clear idea of the style he wants in his wines: elegant, balanced, with intense fruit and great regional character. He participates in all final winemaking decisions and is frequently seen with a row of sample glasses on his desk.

Over the past two years, Kevin has transformed a corner of Petaluma into a state-of-the-art winemaking facility. As you can imagine, the facility has a complete collection of the latest equipment—everything the team needs. That’s Kevin’s philosophy—source the best grapes, hire the right people, and give them everything they need to succeed. Like his race shops, the winery is spotless. It looks more like an operating room than a cellar, because Kevin believes that every little thing matters, even how you clean the floor. Not surprisingly, Adobe Road Winery is collecting medals, awards, and accolades from around the country. The wines are doing very well. Kevin wouldn’t be satisfied with anything else. He doesn’t make the wines just for awards, he makes them because he loves to share great wine with his family and friends.

Our Team Michael Scorsone, Winemaker