In the fall of 2016 Rebecca and Tim Tibbitts took a trip to Vienna, Austria to see the beautiful city and sample all that it has to offer in both food and wine. By chance arrangement through mutual friends, they were invited to visit the winery of 5th generation winemaker Franz Bayer. The experience was so overwhelming that immediately the Tibbitts decided that people in the Bahamas, where they are from, along with all warm climate destinations, would love the amazing fresh, crisp and clean wines that Franz was making. An agreement was made for Franz to produce a selection of wines for a new label the Tibbitts would create and Sea Gate Wines was born.
In the spring of 2017 Rebecca and Tim spent 3 weeks in Spain meeting winemakers and wineries. They loved the products being produced in Spain as well and knew they wanted to deliver these wines to their region. From this trip Sea Gate Wines became the official distributer for many Spanish labels in the Bahamas and parts of the Caribbean.
2018 and into 2019 Sea Gate expanded its portfolio to include some of the world’s best wineries. For a complete list of producers represented by Sea Gate visit Our Partners
Our long term goal is to deliver the best wines at the best prices to people throughout the Caribbean.
A fun side note: Sea Gate is the name of the street that Tim and Rebecca live on. And the colour of the labels is the same colour as their house.
Certified Sommelier Rebecca Tibbitts is in charge of selecting all the wines for Sea Gate Wines. After getting her certification from the International Sommelier Guild, Rebecca and her husband, Chef Tim Tibbitts, opened the remarkable restaurant Flying Fish in Freeport, Bahamas. Flying Fish is listed as one of the top restaurants in the world by french guide book LaListe, placing it #58 in the world and #2 in the Caribbean region. It is Rebecca's palate that makes Sea Gate Wines the perfect wines for warm climate.
Chef Tim Tibbitts has partnered with his wife Rebecca to help launch Sea Gate Wines. The highly awarded chef and owner of Flying Fish in Freeport, Bahamas has one of the best palates in the food world and together with Rebecca they can make food and wine pairings with the best. Tim is responsible for the business side of Sea Gate Wines which is opposite roles from their restaurant.
5th Generation winemaker Franz Bayer Junior is the man behind the incredible wines Sea Gate Wines offers on its own label. From his vineyards in Wagram, Austria, Franz crafts more than 2 dozen varietals and blends for his own label. From these amazing wines he has agreed to make three special wines especially for Sea Gate Wines. You can visit his winery page at https://www.weingutfranzbayer.at