David DeSanté joined the team in April 2013 as the Consulting Enologist bringing with him almost twenty years of winemaking and viticultural experience. Growing up in Erie, Pennsylvania, David decided at the age of ten he wanted to be a winemaker. David first pursued diverse academic studies at the Medical College of Virginia in 1992. After he and his wife, Katharine, relocated to California, David entered UC Davis and in 1996 earned an MS in Food Science and Technology with an emphasis in Enology and Viticulture.
After graduation David went to work at Robert Mondavi Winery in their viticulture research department and then on to West Australia for additional experience. He then returned to Napa Valley to hone his winemaking skills at S. Anderson with both their very successful sparkling wine program as well as the critically acclaimed Richard Chambers Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon project. With the experience gained in the industry, David and Katharine together formed DeSante Wines in 2001. David’s winemaking philosophy led him to also consult for other wineries both in winemaking and viticulture.
David is the perfect fit for Mario Bazán Cellars because of his passion for winemaking that is only matched by his commitment to viticulture and the vineyard. His multi-faceted skills combined with Mario’s expertise in the vineyard create a strong union to bring the finest wines to the table. His future role will include an ever increasing range of responsibilities in both the winery and vineyard to help guide the wines of Mario Bazán Cellars to even greater heights.