David Tate

David Tate, a native of British Columbia, Canada, is the Winemaker and Founder of TATE along with his wife Suzanne Tate. Established in 2011, TATE is known for single expression wines from independently owned, micro-vineyards across the valley floor and mountain sides of the Napa Valley.

David is also the General Manager and Winemaker for Barnett Vineyards atop Spring Mountain in the Napa Valley since 2007 as well as the winemaker and investor in a winery – La Caccia- from Tuscany.

Prior to his work with TATE and Barnett, David was the assistant winemaker at Ridge Vineyards for five years at Montebello in the Santa Cruz Mountains; his years with Ridge laid the groundwork for David's commitment to quality and understanding of what it takes to produce premium, world-class wine with a sense of place. In addition, David worked in the Barossa Valley, Australia; Provence, France; Canterbury, New Zealand and has traveled to nearly every fine wine region in the world.

David graduated from Brock University on the Niagra Bench in Ontario in 2002, with an Honors Degree in Enology and Viticulture. His research work has been published and he is an advocate for wine education, helping to teach portions of the Wine and Spirits Education trust in his free time.

Suzanne Tate

Suzanne Tate’s roots are in Texas but will quickly tell you that Northern California and the Napa Valley are now ‘home’. Suzanne has a background in Finance and Business Management from The University of Texas at Austin (Hook ‘Em!) and a culinary degree from the California Culinary Academy of San Francisco. This background led her to wine distribution in Houston in 2006 where she discovered her passion for introducing people to the world of wine.

After five years of distribution in Texas, Suzanne had a chance meeting with David at a wine dinner and well, as they say the rest is history. Suzanne moved to the Napa Valley in 2010 and very quickly, the idea of TATE came to life. From our small start of 400 cases, TATE is now producing just over 1,000 cases annually of Chardonnay from Yountville, Merlot from Calistoga and single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon’s from St. Helena, Mt. Veeder and Howell Mountain.

Suzanne and David reside in St. Helena, Napa Valley with their young son Nolan.

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