Nina Wemyss is a highly regarded 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 beyond. Her lively and informative performances explore the
fascinating origins of wine, the rich relationship of wine and art through the ages, the development of wine vessels from pottery in ancient times
to glass in the modern era, the storied history of winegrowing in the
world-renowned Napa Valley, and much more. Each presentation is
suffused with delightful historical and literary anecdotes and splendid
toasts. 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”, and she has served as a wine auctioneer for several highly successful charity auctions. In addition to creating and editing two books, Soul of the Vine: Wine in Literature and Robert Mondavi Oral Histories, 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 later 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. Immediately afterwards, for a period of seven years, she was Wine Historian and Cultural Attache at The Napa Valley Reserve, H. William Harlan's private vineyard and wine estate. While there, she created two antiquarian book libraries for Bill Harlan, one of which is reputed to be the foremost winery library in the United States. Nina then went on to work for Darioush Estate, hosting their VIP lunches and dinners, entertaining and educating their guests with her extensive knowledge of wine and winemaking. Recently, Nina moved to Connecticut to be near her family. She continues giving her delightful and informative presentations to a wide variety of groups.
Nina’s abiding interest in wine has led her to the artisanal production of her own Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. She also finds the time to go hiking and occasionally to go scuba diving, and she enjoys taking nature and underwater photographs. In addition, Nina continues to pursue her keen interest in history, the arts, antiques, different cuisines and wines 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