Vintner Barry Waitte founded Tamber Bey Vineyards in 1999, when he purchased a 60-acre vineyard in the Yountville Appellation and an 11-acre property in the renowned Oakville Appellation. This marked Waitte’s entry into the wine business as a grower. He immediately hired vineyard manager Josh Clark to plant and farm the properties with the goal of growing premium Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Dijon Chardonnay.
A visit to the Tamber Bey winery is like nothing else in Napa Valley. The winery is located at the Sundance Ranch in Calistoga, a world-class, 22-acre equestrian facility that is dedicated to training top performance horses. The winery was built in 2013 by remodeling a 15,000-square-foot covered riding arena into a state-of-the-art winemaking facility with a crush pad that houses 36 fermentation tanks sized for individual vineyard-designated wines.
Northern California native Barry Waitte developed his love for Napa Valley during annual summer visits with his parents. Waitte is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. He earned his MBA from the University of California—Berkeley and completed continued-education studies in viticulture and enology at University of California—Davis. Waitte currently serves on the Board of the Oakville Winegrowers Association.