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Ross Wise MW

Ross Wise MW

Became an MW 2020

Based in Canada

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 Winemaker at Black Hills Estate Winery and as a Senior Winemaker within the Andrew Peller Limited family of wineries. Since arriving in the Okanagan Valley, he has continued to expand his organic and biodynamic 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, hiking in the BC mountains, and his most recent passion, sailing. Ross became a Master of Wine in February 2020, passing both the theory and practical exams at the first attempt.

Current employer: Black Hills Estate Winery

Primary area(s) of work: Wine production

Industry sector(s): Project management, Viticulture, Winemaking, QA/QC, Educator, Consultant, Wine judge

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

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

Market expertise: New Zealand, Canada

Specialisms: Sustainability, Wine varieties, Clones, Vine propagation, Rootstocks and grafting, Life cycle of the vine, Establishment of vineyards, Acquisition of vineyards, Factors affecting grape growing, Cultivation of the vine, Maladies of the vine and their control, Structure and composition of grapes, Harvesting of grapes, Biodynamics, Organic viticulture, Commercial advice on vinyard establishment, Environmental impacts, Processing of grapes, Fermentation, Maturation and blending, Stabilisation and clarification, Production of sparkling wines, Production of fortified wines, Economics of wine production, Winery design and construction, Elevage / maturation, Blending, Preparation of finished wine for bottling, Packing and labelling, Quality assurance and control, Bulk shipment, Bottling, Marketing wine, Supplier/customer relationships, Direct to consumer, Wine labels, Wine tourism, Branding, Wine judging