Our Winemaker

After spending many years in the mining business, David Zimmerman’s dream was to own a boutuique estate winery. David is the winemaker at Seaside Pearl under the guidance of winemaker and consultant Mark Simpson.

David keeps a close eye on the vine, oversees our entire operation and ensures that everything comes together in a harmonious symphony. You’ll also find David educating consumers during winery and vineyard tours.

David is a firm believer that the start of every great wine begins in the vineyard and he is passionate about crafting wines that express a sense of place.

David’s Winemaking Philosophy

Develop the best fruit flavours and retain these flavours during winemaking. David’s goal is to combine exceptional fruit with traditional winemaking to create wines that are a unique expression of this terroir. He is committed to crafting wines that are true to varietal character.

David’s approach ensures Seaside Pearl’s wines are equally expressive of the land and the vintage. Our small lot wines, made from both Fraser Valley and Okanagan grapes, are released under labels celebrating the rich history of the Fraser Valley. Case production remains small, which allows David to concentrate on all aspects of the winemaking process.

David is a passionate craftsman who likes to show the best of the vineyards at his disposal and apply unique winemaking techniques to showcase exciting small lot wines. His signature style has caught the attention of wine critics and wine lovers alike. Seaside Pearl wines are frequent national and local medal winners.


When not attending to winemaking duties, David manages our estate vineyards and ensures that the quality and quantity of the grapes sourced and produced meet our requirements and, most importantly, our customers.

David’s goal is to develop the skills needed to grow and nurture our own estate grapes into the best the Fraser Valley has to offer! He is a driving force behind the Fraser Valley becoming a Wine Centre of Excellence in BC.