David is in his 13th year at Ridge, having joined in 2005. He has worked as a member of the Executive Team for his entire tenure and was promoted to President in 2016. David has worked diligently over his tenure at Ridge to cement the winery's international reputation as one of the world's highest quality producers of traditionally made, single vineyard wines.
David leads all of Ridge Vineyards' sales and marketing efforts including international, Direct-to-Consumer sales, and the U.S. market. He also leads the company's Finance, IT and Logistics functions. David began his career in wine in 1990 as an Export Director and continues to directly manage Ridge's international distribution network that spans across 50 countries and 5 continents.
At Ridge, David is energized to be part of a team uniquely committed to making the highest quality single vineyard wines utilizing only traditional winemaking techniques. Ridge remains committed to the original philosophies of the founders that were carried forward by Paul Draper for nearly 50 years and have been passed to the next generation to maintain unbuoyed by outside trends and fads.
Prior to coming to Ridge, David worked between 1995-2001 as a Vice President for Australia's Southcorp Wines. There he collaborated with legendary winemakers, John Duval and Peter Gago, and marketed celebrated wines like the Penfold's Grange Hermitage and Wynns John Riddoch.