While traveling oversees, after working as an environmental and civil engineer in the Netherlands, Matt’s viticulture career began in 2003 in Wanaka, New Zealand. Always having had an interest in plants it felt right to pursue working with grape vines. Arriving in Canada the following year he worked throughout the Okanagan and Vancouver Island for 14 seasons before returning to the Naramata Bench and calling it home.
Having spent 20 years working with grape vines it has now become second nature to analyze and act on the findings on a daily basis. “No block, no variety, not a single vine is the same.”
The Viticulture program at the Okanagan College provided his base and additional designations of Assistant Winemaking and WSET round out his formal credentials.
Matt additionally approaches viticulture with self-taught, common-sense principles and is adaptable to whatever mother nature and the resultant vines throw at him. With the end goal of creating quality, one must be proactive and act instead of react and never be stuck in your ways if there are better ways.