Winemaking Consultant 
Tom Payette     540.672.0387

Tom Payette      Phone: 540-672-0387



Payette Named to East Coast Wine Board
January 13, 2017

Tom Payette, winemaking consultant, was recently nominated to the Board of the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association (ASWA).  The ASWA is one of the oldest wine organizations located on the East Coast. Established in 1973 as the Vinifera Wine Growers Association (VWGA), it was an early supporter of planting world-class Vinifera wine grapes, the production of quality commercial wines, and the building of a wine industry along the Eastern seaboard. 

Today, the organization is dedicated to the promotion of East Coast wines, wineries and winemakers.  It is the home of the largest Wine Competition in the nation focused exclusively on East Coast wines.  It hosts the annual Awards Ceremony and Reception honoring the best East Coast wines held on Capital Hill with the Congressional Wine Caucus.  The ASWA also presents educational and promotional events around the nation featuring the best wines from the East Coast.

Payette Elected to Virginia Wine Council
May 27, 2014

Tom Payette, a winemaking consultant and winery industry veteran, was recently elected to a three year term on the Virginia Wine Council.  Tom will fill the only Class II position on the council, replacing outgoing member Gordon Murchie.  The Class II member position is the only representative on the council who is not affiliated with a specific winery, but provides support to the broader Virginia wine industry as a whole.

The Virginia Wine Council was formed in 2008 and is a strong coalition of Virginia's wineries, vineyards, the Virginia Wineries Association, the Virginia Vineyards Association, wine trails throughout the state, and individual supporters.  The Virginia Wine Council (VWC) serves as the Virginia wine industry's representative on legislative and regulatory issues pertaining to winery and vineyards activity, providing value to Virginia's booming wine industry through education and advocacy efforts.

Minnesota Features Local Winemaker, Tom Payette
February 19, 2011

The Minnesota Grape Growers Association featured local winemaking consultant, Tom Payette at its 7th Annual Cold Climate Grape and Wine Conference held Feburary 17-19 in Minneapolis.  Mr. Payette chaired a day-long workshop entitled "Starting Your Winery Successfully, Step-by-Step."

The Minnesota Grape Growers Association was founded in 1976 and is dedicated to advancing the art and science of growing grapes and producing wine in cold climates.  Membership is over 700 and represents growers, wineries, suppliers and enthusiasts from Minnesota, the upper Midwest, eastern US and Canada.

Boston Features Tom Payette

May 17, 2010

The Massachusetts Wine and Grape Growers Association featured winemaking consultant, Tom Payette as a guest lecturer at The Boston Wine School in May.  Mr. Payette taught a course entitled "Blending".  The course instructed current and prospective winemakers on how to blend wine components and maximize wines in their cellar.

Winemaking Consultant
Tom Payette
7111 B Riverside Dr
Rapidan VA 22733
Phone: 540.672.0387