JUSTIN VAN ZANTEN / Winemaker
Our Winemaker Justin Van Zanten is an industry veteran who discovered the world of wine while attending college in Walla Walla, Washington. Justin was drawn to the craftsmanship of blending, and everything that the wine industry encompasses such as food, travel, and history. During his time at school he began visiting and volunteering at wineries, and after graduation transitioned into working at them. He now has seventeen years of production and winemaking experience.
Justin came to David Hill due to his interest in the Estate’s history, and the opportunity to work with one of Oregon’s oldest and most historic vineyards. Justin uses a vineyard driven approach, which showcases the positive attributes of the clonal selection in a vineyard. He allows the fruit to express its true sense of place through the use of gentle handling, and long fermentations. Justin’s longstanding experience has led to his ability to translate our vineyard’s terroir to the bottle.