A celebration of winemaking excellence.
And great wine experiences.

About Us

Kennedy Cellars’ beginnings can be traced back several decades ago as the region’s premier winemaking school, teaching wine enthusiasts the precision of balancing both art and science to create their own award-winning wines. As one of those students, Jack Kennedy’s intense love for wine and winemaking grew into a lifelong passion. In 2016, he purchased the school and has transformed the school into a truly remarkable education experience.

Fast forward to today. After years of perfecting the winemaking process and partnering with many of world’s greatest vineyards, Kennedy Cellars has evolved the education experience into one of the region’s leading and most intimate restaurant winemakers.

At Kennedy Cellars, we’re much more than a winery and private-label solution for leading restaurants. We’re an extension of your restaurant and vested in your success and delivering a wine experience that enhances your customer’s culinary experience. Our team prides itself on delivering a truly unique private-label offering through a unique blend of experience and expertise that is uncommon amongst today winemakers.

From our family to yours.

Our History

2020

Kennedy Cellars is approved to produce and sell retail wine and launches Kennedy Cellars’ retail division. The winery and school are also remodeled to support an enhanced winemaking and purchase experience.

2018

Holly returns to South Africa to harvest and produce Pinotage at Beyerskloof Estate Winery in Stellenbosch under the tutelage of Anri Truter (Beyers’s son, who is now the head winemaker). Once again, Holly and Grettchen visit the vineyard in Breedekloof and meet with Louie, the vintner and our Pinotage grape partner.

2016

Inspired by the school’s winemaking dream team (Vince, Nick and Holly) and their incredible passion for crafting award-winning wines, Jack presents his vision of purchasing the school and launching a premier retail winery that sources grapes from the world’s greatest vineyards. The School of Wine at Kennedy Cellars is launched.

2006

Inspired by his first glass of South African Pinotage, Jack immediately falls in love with the varietal and its unique smoky flavor and cherry finish.

2019

Jack visits South Africa on a mission to discover the top grower of Pinotage grapes to be shipped to Hammonton (NJ) for production. Ron Lanza, winemaker for Lanza Winery and grower of Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 169 from LMP vineyards in Suisun Valley, visits Kennedy Cellars. Jack decides he wants to produce Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 169, Pinotage, and Chardonnay as his three signature Kennedy Cellars’ varietals.

2017

Jack sends Holly to South Africa to study the history and production of Pinotage wine. Holly connects with Grettchen van der Merwe, our South African grape exporter (and fellow winemaker) and visits the vineyards from where the school’s grapes are sourced. To begin working firsthand with South African grapes, Grettchen arranges for Holly to participate in two separate harvest internships at Cederberg Winery and Rupert & Rothschild. During her travels, Holly also meets Beyers Truter at Beyerskloof Estate Winery, which is considered the home of Pinotage.

2012

Over the years, Jack’s basement evolves into a winemaking laboratory and experiences its fair share of wine accidents and broken bottles, including a Jackson Pollock decor of ubiquitous wine splashes. Having outgrown the basement and celebrated by his family, Gino’s School of Wine in Hammonton (NJ) is discovered as his new winemaking home.

2004

After suffering a severe accident, Jack’s neurologist prescribed a daily glass of red wine to organically manage his blood pressure. A previous beer drinker, Jack’s “prescription” quickly transforms him to a wine enthusiast. Soon after, he becomes aware of the cost of this new passion and decides to become a home winemaker with a vision of making premium wine in his own basement.