Nina Wemyss is a distinguished wine historian and entertaining raconteur.
She has created cultural programs on wine and civilization and presented them
to a wide variety of audiences throughout the United States and internationally. Her lively and informative performances explore the fascinating origins of wine, the rich relationship of wine and art in social history, wine vessels from pottery to glass in ancient and modern cultures, winegrowing in California, NapaValley wine history, and grapegrowing and winemaking as science and art. She infuses each presentation with delightful historical and literary anecdotes.
Nina has presented to prestigious audiences in a wonderful range of settings including: Smithsonian Institution; Art Institute of Chicago; Mellon Private Wealth Management; Versace Villa, Miami; Wine Press Club, Sydney and Yale University.
In 2003 Nina was the featured wine historian on the History Channel’s “A Brief History of Wine.” She has served as a wine auctioneer for several highly successful charity auctions. Nina has created and edited two books: Soul of the Vine: Wine in Literature and Robert Mondavi Oral Histories, Volume I.- In 2007 she co-founded Kylix Press and produced letterpress Autobiography of a Vine, a book in miniature.
Raised on the North Shore of Long Island, Nina holds a B.A. in Literature from Manhattanville College and an M.A. in Education from Boston University. After an early career in education, she studied art, history, wine and cooking in Paris for three years and completed the program in European decorative arts at Sotheby’s in London, where she lived before moving to California. In Napa Valley Nina spent seventeen years as Wine Historian, Lecturer, and Cultural Ambassador for Robert Mondavi Winery. She created, developed, and maintained the wine history programs, library, wine antiques collection and Robert Mondavi Winery archives, and organized VIP tastings. Then, for seven years, Nina was Wine Historian and Cultural Attaché at The Napa Valley Reserve, H. William Harlan’s private vineyard and wine estate. The creation of the foremost winery library in the United States is one of her outstanding achievements at The Reserve. Presently, she is focusing on her wine, art and history programs, travelling widely, educating and entertaining, and working with several prestigious Napa Valley wineries.
Nina’s abiding interest in wine has led her to the artisanal production of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Proficient in nature and underwater photography, Nina also enjoys riding, tennis, sailing, scuba diving and fly fishing. She continues to pursue her keen interest in history, the arts, antiques, cuisine and wine while traveling throughout the United States, Europe and Australia.
"One not only drinks wine, one smells it, observes it, tastes it, sips it and – one talks about it."
King Edward VII 1841 - 1910