Matthew came to wine at an early age; he purports to have swirled his milk as a child! Born in Great Britain, Matthew learned to appreciate wine from his father.
Matthew attended one of the world’s premier wine schools, the University of California at Davis, where he obtained a double degree in Oenology and Viticulture with a minor in Business and Marketing. Matthew was elected President of the prestigious Davis Enology and Viticulture Organization.
Upon graduation, Matthew worked for Mike Grgich at Grgich Hills Wine Cellars in Napa Valley California. Grigich is best known for being the winemaker who produced the chardonnay that played a pivotal role at the ‘Judgment of Paris’, conducted in 1976, by noted wine expert Steven Spurrier where the California wines ascended to the top steps of the international wine stage.
Matthew was recruited by Heitz Wine Cellars, one of the premiere wineries in the world and known for its ‘Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon’. It was here that Matthew apprenticed under the Heitz family and Joe Norman. Later as Cellar Master/Assistant Winemaker he took over the Cellar Select Chardonnay program. Collectively, Matthew, like a fine wine, had come of age and was now well-prepared to create his brand of wines in a new and challenging environment. Matthew came to The Williamsburg Winery as head Winemaker in 2002 with the goal of helping to establish Virginia as the next big wine region in America.
Since joining the The Williamsburg Winery, Matthew has emerged as an industry leader. His wines have been awarded numerous Double Gold, Gold and ‘Best Of Class’ awards. A pinnacle moment in the history of the Winery came in 2014 when Matthew’s signature blend Adagio was awarded the Virginia’s Governor’s Cup Award as the state’s highest rated wine. Since then, the Adagio has become one of Virginia’s signature wines and has received multiple 90+ Point ratings from the renowned Robert Parker’s the Wine Advocate and the prestigious Beverage Testing Institute.