Growing up on a vineyard in the Napa Valley, Kirk Venge had no idea his family’s commitment to winemaking was unusual. When he fulfilled his lifelong dream of running the family vineyard, he turned to First Republic for support in growing the business and building what has become a renowned winery. Since 2008, Kirk’s business banker has been an extended member of the winery family, offering considerable knowledge and support to help accelerate growth. This relationship enables Kirk and the Venge team to further focus on their passion for winemaking. Some might say it’s a perfect pairing.