William Wesley Cates, is an American philosopher, photographer, writer and vintner (September 17, 1939 – March 25, 2018)
BA in Philosophy from Roanoke College in Virginia and a MA in Theatre Arts from Hollins University. His novel The Growing Season won a Los Angeles Book Festival fiction award in 2015.
During his time in Santa Ynez, California, together with his wife Gwen Cates, started Tantara Winery. In 2013, Tantara Winery Pinot Noir was included in National Geographic’s “The Ten Best of Everything.”