I was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa and was always surrounded by vineyards and wineries from a young age.
When I drive through the front gates here at Basel I feel honored and proud to be a part of this team. It’s awesome that Steve and Jo Marie are giving us the opportunity to express our abilities and talents every day!
I was always very intrigued by the winemaking process. I think my dad’s love for farming and agriculture and my moms patience and attention to detail stuck with me. I studied viticulture and enology in South Africa, and during this time worked at the world renowned Vergelegen and Delheim wine estates. I did my first winemaking Internship at Ingwe Wine Estate in South Africa, and came to the states in 2004 and started internships with Chateau St. Michelle, Bookwalter and then moved on to Assistant Winemaker at Kestrel Vintners and then Winemaker at Coeur d’ Alene Cellars before I came to Basel Cellars.
I met my beautiful wife Esther in 2005 working at Chateau St. Michelle and got married in 2012. We have one daughter named Anna Marie Lente, a true miracle and blessing from God. We also have an energetic Rhodesian Ridgeback called Cayenne that keeps us on our toes. We enjoy the outdoors, cooking, creating and living life to the fullest every day, and love the God that gave it to us!
- Serving God in any way I can
- Gardening with my wife
- Hiking, fishing, hunting and spending time outdoors
- Watching rugby and cricket