Wine Industry Legend Tor Kenward Taps Matt Deller MW to Join TOR Wines Napa Valley as COO
Matt Deller MW has been appointed Chief Operating Officer for TOR Wines, responsible for supporting owner Tor Kenward in all areas of the business and helping to take the prestigious Napa producer into the future.
“Sometimes in life you get very special opportunities that can reshape your life. Working closely with Matt for me is one of those,” says Tor Kenward. “My children love to drink my wine, but one chose the medical field, the other film to shape their careers. Matt shares my passion for fine wine, is smarter than I am, and is the right person to help us find our future. I could not be more excited that he has joined the family.”
"TOR produces the finest lineup of single vineyard wines in Napa Valley as far as I’m concerned,” says Deller, one of only 47 people in the U.S. to hold the coveted Master of Wine title. “Tor Kenward is an industry legend whom I'm excited to understudy. I look forward to working with Jeff Ames who I consider one of the finest winemakers in the valley, and the incredible group of growers that TOR sources from."
Previously Deller was Chief Wine Officer for Wine Access, heading the only wine team in the U.S. that included two Masters of Wine and a Master Sommelier. Prior to that, he was with Constellation Brands for five years, most recently as Director of Fine Wine Development. As a respected Master of Wine, Matt judges international wine competitions such as Decanter World Wine Awards, TEXSOM International Wine Competition and the Sydney International Top 100 Wine Awards and is an expert panelist at wine events globally.
TOR Wines produces single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay in the Napa Valley. The wines are highly coveted and sold exclusively to collectors and some of the world’s finest restaurants and specialist retailers. Tor Kenward, after an illustrious 27-year career helping to build Beringer, established TOR Wines in 2001 to produce wines from only the best blocks in great vineyard sites he knew and revered. In October 2016, Robert M. Parker Jr. said of TOR Wines “Tor Kenward is using his vast experience in the wine industry and impressive palate to find exceptional terroirs and produce fascinating wines that merit serious attention.”