Tom Payette
Payette Consulting

Winemaking Consultant

Tom is a winemaking consultant with a degree in Food Science Technology from Virginia Tech.  Tom’s mentors and teachers included Jacques Boissenot, Jacques Recht and Joachim Hollerith for additional refinement of his hands-on winemaking technique. Tom began consulting in 1988 and in 2000 went full time after 25+ vintages on the East coast as well as assisting for seven vintages in the Napa Valley. Tom knows the winemaker challenges and how to overcome them.  He is an expert in avoiding costly pitfalls, nurturing new winemakers and assisting new winery start-ups from concept to construction to cork, and onward to the consumer. He knows wine is made in the vineyard, not overnight in the cellar with a magic wand. With a deep understanding of plumbing, electrical, cooling, mechanical, production space needs, and tasting room flow, Tom has set up more than 37 wineries to date and has expanded numerous others.

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