Staff Bios - Peter Bell
Winemaker (22 Years)
Born and raised in Canada, Bell began his winemaking career in Australia, where he earned a degree in enology at Charles Sturt University in New South Wales, where he also worked in the school's own winery. Upon graduation he became assistant winemaker for Hunter's Wines in New Zealand, producing Chardonnay, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc and experimenting with Pinot Noir. Leaving New Zealand, he turned down offers from Portugal and British Columbia in favor of the natural beauty and outstanding potential of the Finger Lakes. For five years he was winemaker at Dr. Konstantin Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars on Keuka Lake where he made a number of award-winning wines.
Peter Bell brings a science-based, rationalist approach to winemaking, but does not deny that this ethos must necessarily collide with purely hedonistic and emotional aspirations in order to achieve wines that we all lust after. He integrates biochemistry, microbiology, and other words ending in -y with a purely corporal, joy-driven approach to his craft. This often involves listening to the right music and hugging his colleagues.
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