Mark was born in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and moved to Boston Massachusetts at the age of six. Since then he has spent time in San Antonio Texas, San Francisco California, and Newark New Jersey where he studied philosophy at Rutgers University. It is then perhaps no surprise that he found his passion in an industry as multi-cultural and diverse as the production of wine after working his first harvest at Rockwall Wine Company. Since then Mark has enjoyed the creative, scientific and active nature of wine production and is happy to have found a home here in Oregon at Wine By Joe. In his free time Mark likes to cook, and to experience fine cuisine and wine from all over the world.