Kerry Damskey bounds into a room...
and within moments knows names and affiliations. He is charismatic, energetic and leaves a lasting imprint on everyone he meets. KERRY personifies joy and lust for life.
KERRY came into winemaking only as a result of a conspiratorial plot on the part of his father. (dad) Damskey always secretly wished he himself had found the path to winemaking. While KERRY was busy digging in the dirt, his dad laid the groundwork to indoctrinate young KERRY from the very beginning. As the impressionable young man came of age, (dad) introduced him to good quality wines and plied him with legends of the vine.
KERRY fell for it. While in college, he lived in a chicken coop at Matanzas Creek Winery and became involved in the layout of the original vineyard. The conspiracy worked.
Like Andre Tchelistcheff before him, KERRY believes wine is made in the vineyard and the winemaker is merely the "midwife" in the artisan process of winemaking. "It's the winemaker's job to articulate a definable style for a wine but you don't create an identity that must come from the grapes," says KERRY.
Today, with more than 32 years of winemaking experience, KERRY is recognized on four continents for his acuity and focus in creating brilliant wines. Through his winemaking consulting practice, Terroirs, he oversees custom winegrowing, winemaking and vineyard acquisition. In addition to California and Washington, KERRY consults for wineries in India, China and Bulgaria.
KERRY DAMSKEY holds a B.S. in fermentation sciences from the University of California, Davis, is a graduate of the intensive program for small business at Stanford University School of Business, and is a candidate of the Institute of the Masters of Wine.
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