Chip began Burnet Ridge Winery, named after the street where he grew up in
Northern Kentucky, to make quality wine for himself and his friends and family.
This small Old-World style of winery was never intended to be a commercial
operation but one of personal enjoyment. Working as safety engineer for the
state of Kentucky during the day and researching and experimenting with wine
at night, Chip perfected his wines. Chip would often show up at local wine
tastings with his hand-crafted artisan wines and share them with local wine
advocates. When people asked Chip where he purchased his wine he would humbly
say, I make this in my garage. In 1993 Chip, with the help of his friend
Steve Dietrich, began Burnet Ridge, Inc. as commercial winery which has been
producing high-quality fine wines ever since.