Phantom Creek Estates announced the winery’s appointment of Mark Beringer to Director of Winemaking. Beringer will work closely with the winery’s winemaker for the white wine program Karin Grosstessner-Hain, who has been with the winery since the inaugural 2016 vintage, and internationally renowned winemaking team Philippe Melka and Olivier Humbrecht MW.
Mark Beringer, great-great-grandson of Beringer Vineyards' founding brother Jacob Beringer, was immersed in wine from the moment he was born in the heart of the Napa Valley. As the direct descendant to Beringer's first winemaker and steward of one of the most iconic family names in California wine history, he knew from a young age that he would follow in the footsteps of his forefathers.
After receiving an Enology degree from California State University in Fresno, Beringer spent a year in the cellars at Benziger Family Winery in Sonoma before joining Duckhorn Vineyards as an enologist in 1992, where he worked his way up to Vice President of Winemaking. In 2009, Mark joined Artesa as Vice President and Winemaker.
In 2015, Mark Beringer returned to his namesake Beringer Vineyards, joining as Chief Winemaker and following in the footsteps of acclaimed Winemaker Emeritus Laurie Hook.
“The Okanagan Valley really excites me as it shows so much potential and there is an incredible opportunity to help this region achieve global recognition,” says Beringer. “Phantom Creek Estates has invested significantly in acquiring some of the region’s most acclaimed and historic vineyards, technology, architecture and talent, so I believe that the winery will be the premier property in the region, if not Canada, and that’s a goal I’m inspired to be a part of.”
As the Director of Winemaking at Phantom Creek Estates, Beringer looks forward to making terroir-driven wines with minimal intervention to ensure the delicate qualities of the unique vineyard sites are thoroughly expressed in each wine. Beringer joins an elite team of wine legends, including Alsace superstar Olivier Humbrecht MW, who he has admired throughout his winemaking career and looks forward to learning from, especially in regards to his unrivaled knowledge of biodynamic and organic farming practices. Philippe Melka, acclaimed for his art of blending and consulting winemaker for the red wine program, brings an interesting perspective on the region that Beringer appreciates and eagerly awaits tasting through the winery’s portfolio with him.
Located at 4315 Black Sage Road in Oliver, British Columbia, Phantom Creek Estates is open for guided tastings and winery tours. The Restaurant at Phantom Creek Estates is open for lunch Thursday through Monday.
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