Jak Meyer and Janice Stevens
After a decision to change careers and enter the wine world we spent three years searching for the perfect vineyard site in the Okanagan Valley.
In 2006 Janice and I purchased a small 1.62 HECTARE vineyard on the Naramata bench. In late 2008 we purchased a 6.9 HECTARE property in Okanagan Falls. We hired the best winemaker and viticulturists and focus on small lot single vineyard wines of excellence in the traditions of Burgundy.
In our small vineyards, where we produce less than 3000 cases from mature 14 year old vines, we strive to produce the finest wines possible.
I hope you enjoy our wines as much as we enjoyed making them
Jak Meyer and Janice Stevens
JAK Meyer – Proprietor
Following a career in the investment business and raising two young girls Sydney and Kamryn we decided to comletely change directions and get into the wine business. We set out to establish ourselves as one of BC’s top wineries focusing on small premium Chardonnay and later Pinot Noir. As in business and my business models the plan was to surround myself with the best people I could in each area. We enlisted James Cluer adn Rhys Pender to build our business plan. We hired Pierre Levesque to look after the vineyard and our final piece of the puzzle was to hire Chris Carson returning to Canada after honing his skills and education In Central Otago. I now spend my days actively in sales, administration, tastings, events, viticulture, winemaking (cleaning tanks), landscaping and wherever else the experts will let me. Our tasting room was completed in 2010 and the tasting room staff and I look forward to seeing you at the winery.
Janice Stevens – Proprietor
With a background of both public practice accounting, and many years in the food and beverage business, the winery has become the perfect career choice for Janice. She brings a keen interest and understanding of the business to the organization and is responsible for all the accounting, payroll, bookkeeping, and management. She is often seen at events or at the winery pouring wine.
Chris Carson – Winemaker
Chris returns to Canada after eight years spent in New Zealand, California and Montrachet. He brings his expertise in crafting award winning wines and also his New Zealand wife Jacqueline Kemp and son Jerry. Chris is hands on in the vineyard, following the grape from pruning to harvest and creating excellent wines. He especially loves the heartbreak grape, Pinot Noir and supervised the planting of 9000 new pinot vines in early 2009 at McLean Creek Road Vineyard. A graduate of Lincoln University, Canterbury, New Zealand with his Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology, Chris Carson brings with him his extensive enthusiasm and skills in all areas of winemaking and production.
Sharon Misselbrook – Tasting Room
Sharon has years of experience in the tasting rooms of some of Okanagan’s finest wineries. She comes to us with a wealth of experience, energy and ideas and you will find her in the tasting room on most days.