A Goodbye Message from Selene

Selene wines has been the love of my winemaking life.  Like many winemakers, I dreamed of having my own label from the time I started studying viticulture at UC Davis.

When I bottled my first vintage of Selene in 1991 it was literally a dream come true.

Wine writers and marketers often talk about the importance of a wine’s story.  Some have even said that a wine’s story is more important than how it tastes.  I’ve always thought that the wine itself,  and the pleasure it gives each person who tastes it and shares it with friends and family is the story.  For me the story of Selene wines is the story of the people who enjoy it, and that I am going to sorely miss.

So why have I stopped making Selene wines?  There are a lot of ways I could answer that question, but  this page is for folks who have been my supporters, customers, and friends for years, some for decades, and I feel that I owe you the unfiltered truth.  Here it is:

I have said since Selene’s first release that I love making wine. It is still true. I still love making wine. But after all these years, I do not love running a winery. I don’t love selling, permits, paperwork, and the thousand other tasks that go into it.  I decided it was time to simplify my life and return to my first love:  making wine.

I plan to continue as a consulting winemaker for my current clients for the foreseeable future. I love the wines we’re making, and I feel invigorated by being able to renew my focus on them.  I will consider new clients on a case-by-case basis and take those projects where I see the same kind of potential.

There are a lot of people that I need to thank -  from growers, to distributors, to retailers - all the people that help get wine from the vineyard to the table, but I’ll thank them personally, not online. Here on the Selene website, I want to express my profound appreciation for all of you who have supported Selene and me over the years.  It has meant everything to me, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.


Mia Klein at Hyde Vineyard