Denise M. Gardner

Winemaking Consultant

Denise is the founder and wine consultant of Denise Gardner Winemaking (DG Winemaking). Denise works with wineries of the East, providing focused consulting and educational services that improve wine production efficiency, quality, and marketability. With virtual convenience, educational tools are available to all clients in the DGW Community, which help minimize stress and uncertainty in the cellar. She assists wineries by developing fermentation plans that optimize quality, providing effective wine processing decisions in real time, and crafting wines with intention.

Denise’s passion and enthusiasm for wine began at age 16 when she started growing wine grapes in high school, and spent those early years enrolled in viticulture extension programs while working for local wineries. She has a B.S. in Food Science from Penn State University with a minor in Horticulture (2007), M.S. in Food Science & Technology from Virginia Tech University (2009), the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) accreditation from the Society of Wine Educators (2013), and the Level 3 certification from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET, 2015). She was the 2017 American Society of Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) – Eastern Section chair, which provides current, research-driven information to the regional wine industry and viticulture and enology student scholarships.

To connect with Denise and the DGW Community on social media visit Instagram (@dgwinemaking, #DGWinemaking) or Facebook (Denise M. Gardner, dgwinemaking). You may also sign up for Denise’s bi-monthly e-blasts at