Our first wine is available for purchase!
It’s a way to address fellow Filipinos, loosely translated as “my people”.
With Kabayan Wines, we want you to know you are our people too.
Justine was raised by a traditional Filipino family that taught her their narrow definition of success – the one that implies you can only be happy and fulfilled if you’re in the medical field. Little did they know, she’d answer a different calling.
She grew up with wine on the table, frequented Napa Valley and Paso Robles, and started developing a palate at a young age. After originally pursing a medical profession, she explored this interest in wine. Through WSET, she discovered the art of winemaking and how heavily integrated chemistry is in the process. Justine then studied Enology at Fresno State and has 8 years of experience in the industry under her belt. Her journey has covered vineyard sugar-testing, winemaking/harvest internships, hospitality, cellar work, lab/phenolics research, social media marketing/management, wholesale, restaurant wine buying, and customer care.
Though her family thought wine was an unconventional path, they came around because she was able to make them feel passionate by unashamedly sharing what she loves & being inclusive despite their doubts.
Our first run of 30 cases are in limited supply
2022 is the first ever vintage of Kabayan Wines. Produced & Bottled at Sunset Cellars
“This label has always been a dream. It’s a tribute to my roots, but also to the community that helped me make this dream come to fruition. Special thanks to Sunset Cellars Winemaker, Fah Sathirapongsasuti, for being an incredible mentor and allowing me the space to help me thrive. None of this would’ve been possible without all your love and support throughout my journey!”