My passion for wines comes from my experiences growing up, working and traveling in Europe and the United States. Early in life, I started my journey in winemaking by working the harvest of 1979 in Bordeaux.
Later in life, I worked at wineries in Washington and Napa, attended UC Davis and Napa College, and then became a wine manager focused on sustainable farming and environmental advocacy. Managing dozens of properties for the top wineries in Napa and Sonoma taught me the principles of winegrowing and gave me a vision for the kinds of wines that I make today.
With over 60 years of excellence behind the Foyt brand, I am honored to work with the Foyt Family in their passion of growing their wine business. I look forward to many years of fun times and fine wines together with the Foyts. Thanks for your interest in Foyt Family Wines. I hope you enjoy and share our wines with your family and friends.
Petar Kirilov grew up in Bulgaria, graduating from the prestigious University of Food Technologies in 2002 with a Master’s degree in Beverage Technology, with a specialization in wine, beer, spirits and soft drink technology.
He began his professional career at a Bulgarian factory specializing in high alcohol beverages. In 2003 he decided to leave for California and learn more about the winemaking process. He interned at Truchard Vineyards in Napa, being promoted to assistant winemaker. In 2005 he joined Vinovation, a hi-tech wine company, as winemaker and was involved in numerous research and development projects.
Petar joined Meadowcroft Wines in 2008 as a winemaker to oversee the production of small lot wines. In 2012, he became the winemaker for the Foyt Family, Meadowcroft, and Thomas Henry labels.