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Ross Wise MW

Ross Wise MW

Became an MW 2020

Based in Canada, New Zealand

Nationality New Zealander

Languages English


A New Zealand native, Ross is a Winemaker and Viticulturist based in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley. He holds a Bachelor of Viticulture and Advanced Diploma in Wine Science from the Eastern Institute of Technology in Hawkes Bay, and has worked in winemaking, viticulture and consulting roles across many wine regions of New Zealand and Canada. Ross currently works as General Manager and Winemaker at Black Hills Estate Winery, and is a co-owner of Free Verse Wine agency. In the Okanagan Valley, he has continued to expand his organic and regenerative viticulture knowledge, studied the potential implications of climate change in the valley, and developed a reputation as a prolific sourdough bread baker. Ross's other hobbies include fermenting pretty much anything, mountain and gravel biking in the BC mountains and sailing.

Current employer: Black Hills Estate Winery

Primary area(s) of work: Wine production, Trade

Industry sector(s): Agency/Importer, Business owner, Consultant, Educator, Import/Export, Project management, Viticulture, Wine business strategy, Wine buying, Wine judge, Winemaking, Winery operations, Bulk Wine

Wine styles: Champagne, Dry wines, Fine and rare wines, Fortified wines, Madeira, Natural, Orange wines, Port, Sparkling wine, Still red, Still rosé, Still white, Still wines, Sweet wines, Ice wine

Wine region expertise: Abruzzo, Alsace, Australia, Austria, Bordeaux, Burgundy, California, Canada, Canterbury (NZ), Central Otago, Champagne, Douro, England, France, Hawke's Bay, Italy, Marche, Marlborough, Martinborough, Nelson, New Zealand, Okanagan Valley, Oregon, Pfalz, Piedmont, Portugal, Rhone, Rioja, Tuscany, Washington

Market expertise: Canada, New Zealand

Specialisms: Acquisition of vineyards, Biodynamics, Clones, Commercial advice on vinyard establishment, Cultivation of the vine, Environmental impacts, Establishment of vineyards, Factors affecting grape growing, Financial, Harvesting of grapes, Life cycle of the vine, Maladies of the vine and their control, Organic viticulture, Regenerative, Rootstocks and grafting, Startup and profitability, Structure and composition of grapes, Sustainability, Vine burial, Vine propagation, Wine varieties, Economics of wine production, Fermentation, Legal compliance with authorised oenological practices, Maturation and blending, Stabilisation and clarification, Processing of grapes, Production costs, Production of sparkling wines, Production of fortified wines, P&L, Whole cluster fermentation, Wine styling, Winery design and construction, Blending, Bottling, Bulk shipment, Elevage / maturation, Preparation of finished wine for bottling, Packing and labelling, Quality assurance and control, Sensory evaluation , Branding, Direct to consumer, Ecommerce, Education, Importation, Marketing wine, New business development, Starting wineries, Supplier/customer relationships, Wine labels, Wine tourism, Wine judging