Our Story

About The Winemaker's Database

The Winemaker's Database Inc. designs, develops, maintains and supports winery management and wine production software. Founded in 1983 by winemaker/enologist Dr. James Vahl, The Winemaker's Database will celebrate its 35th harvest with the 2017 vintage. WMDB for Windows was introduced in 1995, and since that time over 23 modules have been developed for the standard software. The Cloud-Based or Full Install software is available as single site, enterprise, and customized versions, all of which can be integrated with ERP, financial, other enterprise applications as well as tank temperature control systems, analytical equipment, weigh stations and bar coding equipment. The Winemaker's Database is installed on four continents at wineries ranging in size from 1,000 cases to multinationals with tens of millions of cases annually. The company installed its first system in 1983, and has since contributed to the success of the world's best-known wine brands.

Our program includes all of the powerful tools necessary for the successful management and execution of winery operations. Our modular software suite is designed and programmed specifically for the wine industry by wine industry professionals. Consistent with their pursuit of quality in winemaking, our clients have selected the Winemaker’s Database for its flexibility, user friendliness and cost effectiveness.

Our company has extensive winery, programming and computer experience. We are dedicated to providing you with the most advanced and powerful wine production management system available. Friendly, responsive and professional customer support will always be our sincere commitment to you.

We look forward to working with new wineries as well as existing clients, and we welcome any questions or comments about the software. Here’s to another 30 years of excellence!

The Winemaker’s Database Team

Meet Us In Person

We will be exhibiting at the following trade shows:

Unified Wine and Grape Symposium.  Booth: 1314,  January 30 & 31st 2019, Sacramento, CA. Visit the website for more information: https://www.unifiedsymposium.org/

Our Team

Our team feels privilaged to be part of such an amazing industry.  We are here because of you!

James Vahl, Ph.D.

President and Creator of WMDB

Emily Vahl

Vice President and Head of Sales and Marketing

Scott Davis

Lead Programmer

Ryan Erb

Customer Support

Amy Raynaud

Program Architect

Daniel Ekeroth

IT Whiz and Programmer

Natalie Nilsson

Customer Support

Marko Vecko

UX Programmer


WMDB Office Mascot


WMDB Office Mascot


We provide cost effective software for wineries with production ranging in size from less than 1,000 cases to multinationals with tens of millions of cases annually.

Fetzer Vineyards
Silver Oak
Gloria Ferrer
Markham Vineyards
Smith & Hook
Wine By Joe
Caldwell Vineyard
Blasted Church

“We count WMDB among our most valuable of winemaking tools. The intuitive design of the software fulfills our diversity of wine production needs from managing intake of grapes, purchase and sale of bulk wine, barrel maintenance & tracking, through blending, bottling, and financial/compliance reporting. It is an indispensable part of our business infrastructure.”

- Ondine Chattan, Geyser Peak Winery

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