Born and raised west of Sydney, Australia in the beautiful Blue Mountains, he only found his passion for wine while living and working on a Whitsunday Island in the Great Barrier Reef after graduating High School.
Tristen’s interest in winemaking was sparked when someone informed him that cherries, soil, pepper and other wine scents were not added in like a recipe, and in fact that wine is solely grapes and the way it is crafted, soils and grape varietals all dictate the final outcome of wine.
A short time after, he left the picture perfect Great Barrier Reef and relocated to the colder, wetter and more up-tempo city of Melbourne where he worked and studied the art of and completed his major in viticulture and oenology.
After the completion of his degree, the travel bug bit him and Tristen ventured overseas spending time in the scenic Okanagan Valley in British Columbia gaining an understanding of cold climate viticulture and then Sonoma, CA. Tristen was considering heading home after many years abroad, until he met, and subsequently married, his Georgia Peach and relocated permanently to Atlanta in 2010.