Peter Oughterson was born and raised on the West side of Seneca Lake. He received his degree in Agricultural Engineering from Cornell University and worked all over the country for vineyards and produce companies. He later returned to the Finger Lakes to work for Hermann Wiemer in his vineyard nursery business, before becoming wine maker and vineyard manager for the winery. In 2001 he left Wiemer’s to pursue the start of his own winery, Highland Cellars. Peter produced the wine for Highland Cellars out of a tank room at his home, and a warehouse building in Dundee, NY. Later he would build a warehouse across the road from his family home in Rock Stream.