Meet the Team

Samantha – Owner, Head of Operations

Samantha brings a life of passion for dance, food, and art. A master of Medical Science and a love of flavor and expression, Samantha looks forward to bringing unique flavors to people in a setting that elicits peace and reflection. Samantha helps choose grapes and styles that will enhance the flavors of any food and wine combination. In overseeing how wine can be paired with food and experience at our events, Samantha crafts every detail on the property to ensure that Orenda Winery is a powerful and memorable experience to anyone who visits.

Xander Kent – Owner, Beekeeper, Head of Finance

In 2011 Xander came to terms with his fear of bees after he requested to work as a beekeeping trainer while in Africa serving in the Peace Corps. Working to overcome his fears, Xander gained an appreciation for bees’ ability to create balance in nature. Continuing his passion for the environment, Xander went on to get an MBA and Masters of Environmental Management from Duke and has worked in sustainable business for the past 5 years, most recently as a Packaging Sustainability Manager for Amazon. Now supporting Orenda, Xander is humbled to help create a space dedicated to bees, friends, community engagement, and good wine. He hopes people find the same peace and joy from Orenda as he does.

Tressa Watanabe – Sales Manager

The Bees

35% of all food you eat is dependent on a bee. Like the mission of Orenda suggests, our bees are outstanding community members bringing pollination to our neighbors’ farms. If you prefer something sweeter than wine, we carry small jars of honey made on the property in our tasting room. Each teaspoon of honey is over 3 thousand flowers pollinated and is the life’s work of 12 bees. Honey, just like wine… is liquid sunshine.

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