David Tate is a native of British Columbia and has been our winemaker for eight years. David brings with him a wealth of experience having been involved in the industry for over 18 years. Most recently David was with Ridge Vineyards as the Assistant Winemaker. During five years atop Montebello he garnered immense amounts of knowledge in every facet of premium wine production. His experience at Ridge working with the Montebello Cabernet is especially relevant with respect to working with Mountain fruit.
In the 90's David worked in the Barossa Valley in Australia amongst old vine Shiraz. David then traveled to Provence and worked as an Assistant to the Winemaker in one of Provence's top wineries, Domaine Richeaume. He learned the passion and skills involved in every aspect of winemaking, particularly those needed to produce premium, small production wines.
After these two geographically far diverse hands on experiences David attended Brock University obtaining a four-year honors degree in Enology and Viticulture with first class standing, while working for Vineland Estates winery. Within this David completed a one year academic program in New Zealand to gain knowledge at Lincoln University and work for a small startup winery in Canterbury. David's thesis from Brock University, A Spectrophotometric Assay of β-glucosidase, was published in the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture in 2005. David also completed the Diploma for the Wine and Spirits Education trust (WSET) and currently aids in instructing portions of the program. Outside of making wine David is an avid classic VW enthusiast, motorcyclist, and world traveler.