After Hurricane Hugo, he quickly learned the ins and outs of replanting and rebuilding a crop farm due to the loss of thousands trees and crops from the storm. Side-by-side with his father, Nathan planted plums, nectarines, peaches, cherries, almonds, apricots, pears, Asian apples, oranges, figs, and more. They planted over 100 different types of apples alone. They have also planted large-scale crops such as cotton, soybeans, and corn. To say Nathan knows and understands agriculture is an understatement.
After attending Furman University, The College of Charleston, and the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, his love for wine grew and he spent most of his free time studying and tasting it in this great city. He decided after four years that becoming a doctor was not what he wanted to pursue and decided to move to Napa Valley where he lived and worked for several years. Living on the Silverado Trail in Rutherford, he was immersed in world-class grape growing and winemaking. He interned and volunteered at several wineries including a paid position at Darioush Winery, to learn all he could about the intricacies of vineyards, the cellar, and the sales and hospitality aspects of the business.
This love and dedication to learning the craft, led Nathan to become a winemaker. Now in Paso Robles, he has launched his company—INNATE WINES.