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 his entry into the wine business as a grower. Waitte planted three acres of premium Cabernet Sauvignon on the Oakville property, and this vineyard came to be called the Oakville Estate Vineyard.
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.