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Tim Kish

Tim Kish

Growing up outside of Charlottesville in a rural farming community, Tim’s earliest jobs included summers on an organic farm and vineyard working for a small Viognier grower, foreshadowing a career and lifestyle that has taken shape decades later.

After graduation from Bridgewater College, his first job was in Charlottesville’s oldest wine shop where his eyes were first opened to the enormities of the wine world.  A few years later he moved up the supply chain to work for a wholesale distributor which offered even more opportunities to evaluate some of the most relevant and important wines of the world.  With yearly visits to different parts of the globe to see firsthand how great wine is produced, a kernel was sowed.  Shortly after this revelation, Tim quit his job to search for what he had been unknowingly preparing for his entire life.

Employed by Jefferson Vineyards, Tim learned the rhythms of a winemaker’s calendar and the techniques necessary to operate a cellar.  Great wine was made and an understanding was gained.  After three harvests in Charlottesville, Tim left this position for his current one at Tarara Winery.  Continuing his pursuit of excellence, wisdom, and humility in the seemingly simple task of turning grapes to wine, you’ll most often find him near the cellar.

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