...Nikki returned to Canada 10 years ago to work in the Okanagan Valley, a region that was brand new to her at the time. Since then she has specialized in northern valley fruit including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and aromatic whites.
Nikki has proven her talents through significant roles at major British Columbia wineries such as Mission Hill and Quails’ Gate. In 2011, a pinot noir she produced was awarded the ‘World’s Best Pinot Noir’ at the Decanter World Wine Awards.
Nikki possesses a keen interest in both viticulture and winemaking. Her passion for small-lot premium production combined with her attention to detail make her the perfect match for our state-of-the-art project and estate grown fruit.
We welcome her passion and commitment as the best winemakers are those who truly live and breathe this industry, and Nikki achieves this everyday.
...by esteemed winemaker, Howard Soon, at Sandhill Wines. During that time, she also worked as the lead winemaker for Wayne Gretzky Okanagan when it launched in British Columbia, as well as lead winemaker for Peller Estates Okanagan. Stephanie left Andrew Peller in 2015 to propel her career by working two vintages each year for the next four years, dividing her time evenly between New Zealand (at Wither Hills, Marlborough) and the Okanagan. During her 2016 visit back to the Okanagan, she installed and commissioned the new Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards winery; in 2017 & 2018, she worked at Peak Cellars. Stephanie has been leading the winemaking at Peak Cellars since August 2019. Her expertise and professionalism are integral to the winemaking team.
...the Sequoia Company of Restaurants, and five years with Monk McQueen’s Fresh Seafood and Oyster Bar.
Most recently, Heather is known for her six-year leadership role at Cedar Creek Estate Winery in Kelowna where she developed innovative and unique guest experiences and the winery’s celebrated tasting, touring, and event programs.
Heather holds her WSET level 2 Diploma and is pursuing her education and passion for wine.
...from European to Polynesian cuisine. After settling back in Montreal, Scott decided to open his own restaurant. Bistro Carambola went on to be wildly successful; becoming an award winning and nationally recognized restaurant with awards such as “One of Canada's top 10 Maverick Chefs from Quench Magazine formerly Tidings” and “Open Table's top 100 restaurants in Canada”. After selling his restaurant in 2018 to venture into more corporate territory in the culinary world, Scott accepted the position as Executive Chef with Airbnb at their Montreal headquarters. Scott and his family relocated to Kelowna in October 2020 and are excited to live the Okanagan lifestyle.