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David Raffaele Joins Keyways as New Winemaker

david-rafaelleRaffaele, formerly part of the winemaking team at Maurice Car’rie and Van Roekel Vineyard and Wineries, has been selected as the new winemaker at Keyways Winery. Keyways Winery, founded in 1989 by Mr. Carl Key, was one of the original wineries that established Temecula Valley Wine Country. Today, under the ownership of Terri Pebley Delhamer, Keyways has the unique distinction of being the only woman owned and managed winery in Southern California.

David’s passion for wine began while living and working in Italy as a Navy photojournalist. During his travels throughout Europe during a six-year sojourn, he was unwittingly exposed to a number of handcrafted, limited-production wines rarely available for purchase outside the small village where they were produced.  He visited vineyards in the countryside, occasionally met with or interviewed local winegrowers and before long became deeply enamored with Mediterranean living. The yearning for that lifestyle eventually led him to Temecula Valley.