Born and raised in Mississauga Ontario, David’s passion for wine matured during his studies in the Food & Beverage industry. His enthusiasm for people made his years in the service industry successful, however, he soon realized his calling. In 2009, David graduated with Honors in Winery & Viticulture at Niagara College. During his study he apprenticed at Le Clos Jordanne, crafting world class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Shortly after he ventured west to BC’s Okanagan Valley. At Sumac Ridge he made both sparkling and still wines. Immediately following, David’s desire to work abroad landed him in Australia, in the beautiful cool-climate of the Yarra Valley. There, he gained extensive knowledge at Moet’s Chandon winery. With no time to waste, he worked back-to-back vintages, the latter being in Marlborough, New Zealand, at Villa Maria Estate. David then returned to the Okanagan. He values the mentorship received there from the team at Cedar Creek Estate. In December of 2010 David was thrilled to accept the position as Head Winemaker for Rockway Vineyards. His passion for winemaking is noticed in every bottle he crafts. He takes a minimalist approach to winemaking, letting each wine and each vintage speak for themselves. His style can be described as a balance of Old World techniques and New World technology. He looks forward to crafting premium wines that our vineyards are acclaimed for. As for the dog, “Guinness is a 2 year old English Springer Spaniel. Focused on his birding instincts, Guinness also works for Rockway, protecting our vineyards from pesky birds and other grape thieving animals. Guinness also loves wine!