It Starts with our People
As a winemaker, Corrie understands – and appreciates – the relationship between the land and those who tend it in order to produce wines that are an authentic expression of where they are grown. Born and raised in the Okanagan Valley, from a proud 4th generation fruit farming family, Corrie joined Mission Hill Family Estate in 2015 and brings over 24 years of winemaking experience with her.
Corrie has an outstanding winemaking mind honed by technical visits throughout her career to regions such as Burgundy, Bordeaux, and Alsace in France, Napa Valley and Oregon in the USA, Tuscany and Umbria in Italy, and Marlborough and Canterbury in New Zealand. These regions did not, however, resonate with her quite like the Okanagan Valley, where she grew up, knew the land, and understood its potential for making world class wine.
The incredible diversity of the Okanagan Valley, from Lake Country in the north to Osoyoos in the south, requires multiple approaches. Corrie adjusts and adapts her winemaking style to best reflect our distinct vineyard sites. Microclimates within the valley provide exciting opportunities to achieve single vineyard wines that truly represent the unique terroir and climate of the Okanagan Valley.
A self-confessed weather geek and lover of all things dirt, Rob is our expert in the science of growing grapes. He first developed a long-lasting love of nature growing up on a farm in rural Australia, reinforcing his passion with a degree in Viticulture from Charles Sturt University. Technology allows him to understand and realize the fruits potential, but organic farming keeps him grounded and in search of holistic and sustainable solutions that are not dependent on chemicals.
Seeing the difference organic farming has made in the vineyards has confirmed his belief that vines should be grown naturally, respecting the land and the variability that each season brings.
"Our goal is to continue to show in every bottle we produce an uncompromising expression of the Okanagan Valley and the vineyards that we farm organically."
Knowing what is below the ground is essential to maximize a vineyards potential. Soil is a vital component of terroir, the same varietal grown in different soil types and climates can have a remarkable effect on taste. With a Master of Science in Soil Chemistry from the University of Guelph, it’s Stephanie’s role to help us understand why.
Her days are spent in the vineyards, sending electromagnetic currents down into the soil to measure water retention, soil types, nutrients, and the overall health of the vineyard. She confirms her findings through physical testing – digging up soil pits and taking samples of the dirt. Stephanie’s interpretation of the data allows us to get our clones, rootstocks, and varieties right when planting. She gives us the knowledge we need to effectively maintain and care for the vines.
In his role as President of Mission Hill Family Estate, Darryl is responsible for all aspects of winemaking, viticulture and guest experiences at the winery. His fascination with wine began in his native Australia, where he pursued a Bachelor of Applied Science in Winemaking at Charles Sturt University and a Diploma in Wine Business at the University of Adelaide.
Following winemaking roles around the world, including Barossa Valley, Australia, Hawkes Bay and Marlborough, New Zealand, and the Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Darryl joined Mission Hill Family Estate in 2015. Throughout his career, Darryl has been driven by a single passion – to produce wines of incredible depth and unprecedented quality that can stand alongside the best in the world.
He brings this passion with him to Mission Hill, where he works directly with Corrie, Rob, and Stephanie to ensure the unique terroir of the Okanagan Valley is reflected in each and every bottle produced.
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Plan Your Visit
Experience the Okanagan Valley with a visit to Mission Hill Family Estate. The winery is open daily by reservation.
Daily: 11am - 6pm
Hours may vary on holidays.