Winemaker, Taub Family Vineyards
Tom Hinde has served as President and Director of Winemaking at Yao Family Wines since 2009 and, in 2012, took on responsibilities as winemaker for Heritance Napa Valley Wines as well as overseeing winemaking at Au Contraire Cellar Wines - an exciting, recently established project in Healdsburg.
Tom gained invaluable experience between 2004 and 2010 while serving as President/CEO and Director of Winemaking at Flowers Vineyard & Winery, a specialty Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producer located on the Sonoma coast. In 2008, Tom played a key role at Flowers, successfully transitioning the winery to the Huneeus Vintners Group and overseeing the integration of a new winemaking team. Tom's experience also includes 16 years spent as Vice President and General Manager for Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates where, among many responsibilities, he managed day to day farming and winery operations in Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Tom served as General Manager at Hartford Family Winery and La Crema Winery, helping to build its reputation as one of Sonoma County's most prominent Pinot Noir producers. Additionally, Tom has worked on the winemaking team for Cabernet producers Lakoya, Cardinale, Stonestreet and Verite.
Country born: United States
Education: Tom was born and raised in Ohio, attended the University of Toledo and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He went on to study wine at the University of California, Davis.
Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years
Tom's expansive career in California wine spans three decades and brings with it a breadth of industry and consumer knowledge along with a unique market perspective.