Matt Deller MW is one of just 52 Masters of Wine on the entire North American continent, having successfully passed the famously rigorous MW exams.
He’s one of the fortunate few–from the thousands of applicants–who bravely have entered that demanding program over the years. Having worked around the world and tasted almost one hundred thousand wines, he has happily settled in at TOR, source of his favorite Napa Valley single vineyard expressions.
Matt hails from New Zealand, where he grew-up subjecting himself to adventure sports. He flirted with being a snowboard instructor, but knew it wasn’t a great long term proposition. At the same time he was developing a growing obsession with wine and decided to enter the wine industry– a profession considered equally dubious at the time. Luckily, in the mid 1990’s he fell in with the right crowd and had the good fortune to learn from mentors Bob Campbell MW, NZ’s leading wine critic; Michael Brajkovich MW of Kumeu River and John Hancock of Trinity Hill.
Fast forward to today, here he is at TOR, via twenty years of judging wine competitions around the world for Decanter etc…; learning from some great winemakers; importing wine from all over, including the illustrious Ornellaia; working with wines such as Robert Mondavi To Kalon as Director of Fine Wine Development, mentoring Master of Wine students and being tapped for his expertise as a speaker at major industry events.
“I was running the buying team for a leading national fine wine retailer, and had the chance to try a tremendous number of Napa wines. I fell in love with the TOR wines, because for me they really express the special sites from whence they come.”
Highly respected Napa Valley Master of Wine, Peter Marks MW says of Matt, “I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Matt for seven years and working with him for six of those years. Matt has always impressed me with his wine industry knowledge, strategic insights, and sales and marketing leadership. He’s also extremely collaborative and a true team player. I’ve witnessed Matt wow audiences as a speaker and key influencer. Last but not least, he’s hard-working and focused in all of his pursuits.”
We are thrilled to have Matt as our COO, absolutely the right guy to help take TOR Wines into a long and illustrious future.