Our Story

About The Winemaker's Database

The Winemaker's Database Inc. designs and develops its software to maintain and support winery management and wine production. Founded in 1983 by winemaker/enologist Dr. James Vahl, The Winemaker's Database will celebrate its 40th harvest with the 2023 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. WMDB integrates 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 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 35 years of excellence!

The Winemaker’s Database Team

Our Team

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

James Vahl, Ph.D.

President & Creator of WMDB

Skot Davis

Lead Programmer

Daryl Francis

Director of Operations

Daniel Ekeroth

Sr. IT Engineer

Natalie Hewitt

Service Manager

Paul Hughes

Testing Manager & Service Engineer

Jennifer Dowrie

Sr. Service & Client Relationship Engineer


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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
J Lohr
Silver Oak
Gloria Ferrer
Wine By Joe
Caldwell Vineyard
Blasted Church