The winemakers at Diamond Estates share a passion for our beautiful Niagara region, and for creating the incredible wines available at the Lakeview Wine Co. that have made it a household name worldwide.
Born in South Africa, Tom moved to Canada at the age of 14.
During his time studying chemistry at Western University, Tom's parents bought a 50 acre vineyard in Beamsville, Ontario, where he'd work weekends.
Upon graduation from Western, Tom enrolled in the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture program at Brock University. His placement during the CCOVI program was at Lakeview Cellars Estate Winery as an apprentice to winemaking under Eddy Gurinskas.
Following his graduation he remained with Lakeview Cellars, working with Eddy for 3 more years before Eddy’s retirement. He then took over winemaking duties for Lakeview Cellars in January, 2003 and head winemaking duties at Diamond Estates in 2005.
Scott went to Niagara College for marketing before making the jump over to the wine industry. He studied oenology and in 1996 accepted a job at Hillebrand Estate Winery in Grower Relations and Viticulture. Scott next moved to the position of lab technician ensuring quality control of the wines.
From 2000-2003 Scott worked at Andrew Peller Ltd. Wines in Wynona as a Lab Technician and Assistant Winemaker.
In 2003 he took the role as Winemaker for EastDell Estates. In 2005 EastDell merged with Lakeview to become Diamond Estates and so began the team of winemakers.