By Daniel Henderson
Originally from the US and an American business training, having worked across several regions of Europe provides layers of cultural complexity and brings a global/local approach to my services. First-hand knowledge of many of France’s winemaking regions acquired over the last 20 years combined with a solid understanding of vineyard operations and methodologies allows me to blend the nature and art of winemaking with the science and acumen acquired during my years in business operations.
Vineyard Business Consulting
Vineyard search, Audit and Management
I provide scalable operations and sales solutions for my clients, ranging from investors to vineyard owners. I work alongside winemakers, oenologists and vineyard owners to help identify and develop market opportunities for their products. This may include developing a strategic plan, overseeing vineyard operations for a short- or long-term engagement, or helping bring a winery to the export market.
Vineyard Search and Management
A proper vineyard search entails identifying the right property in the right place at the right price. Understanding the search objectives, business plan and long-term budgetary requirements are keys to success, as are understanding the vineyard regions involved. I can intervene at any of stage of a search, or conduct a complete search including a property audit in any vineyard region of France. Staffing, short-term or long-term management can follow.
Teacher & Educator
I hold the highest level of WSET* certification and am a certified WSET Educator. Both a teacher and a student of the world’s vineyards, I bring real-world winemaking and wine marketing experience to the classroom. My vision is thus to provide transformative wine education; my goal is to remove the pretension and make the knowledge accessible to everyone.
Cultivated by my innate curiosity and passion for the subject, my approach to wine education is to provide more than simply what is in a textbook: my teaching is the fruit of my vineyard, winemaking and sales experiences, as well as my regular travels to the world’s vineyard regions. I enjoy bringing my real-world experience to life through the courses I teach, the trainings I conduct and the instructors I train.
*WSET: The Wine & Spirit Education Trust
Restaurateur & Chefs Consultant
A natural extension of my teaching activities, I put my experience with the world's wines to the service of a restaurant. Developing a restaurant’s wine list or simply helping a restauranteur to go “out of his comfort zone” while staying in the desired budget. This can be as simple as constructing a wine list, or as complex as curating a wine-food pairing adventure. To each menu I bring a nuanced approach built on years of tasting and knowledge gained from working at every level of winemaking.