From legendary viticulturists to award-winning winemakers, our team may be small but our expertise is vast. Thanks to our extraordinary people, we are able to craft profound wines that reflect this truly distinctive vineyard.
A decade ago, President and CEO of CRS Group of Companies, Suki Sekhon, discovered and identified a unique opportunity and acquired a rock-strewn 220-acre piece of land in the Similkameen Valley. Known today as Vanessa Vineyard, you can now add vintner to his portfolio. Suki is a passionate philanthropist and businessman, helping businesses and charities grow and thrive. As a champion for several BC non-profits, community has always been at the forefront for Suki and his family as they make it a mandate to give back.
After spending much of his professional life in Canada’s financial industry, John decided to move on to pursue new adventures in farming. His knowledge and appreciation for wine led him off the beaten path in two distinct wine regions, purchasing a Finca in Northern Argentina, followed by joining forces with Suki in establishing Vanessa Vineyard in the Similkameen Valley.
A living legend, for over three decades Howard has been on the leading edge of winemaking innovation. In 2006, prior to becoming Master Winemaker at Vanessa Vineyard, he oversaw the planting of our vines, then subsequently purchased the vast majority of our grapes for his highly-acclaimed Sandhill Vanessa Vineyard wines. Since joining the wine industry in 1980, Howard has earned innumerable awards and accolades, and in 2019 was the first winemaker named to the Order of Canada, a milestone we are so proud to celebrate with him.
A fourth-generation farmer from Oliver, British Columbia, Nathan brings a strong history of innovative agricultural techniques to Vanessa Vineyard. His dedication to producing quality fruit, and improving the vineyard’s operations can be attributed to the legacy of his late father Robert Goltz, and the Goltz family, who have been leaving a footprint in the Okanagan since 1926.
With over 30 years of experience, Blair is no stranger to British Columbia’s hospitality scene. His desire for more intimate and hands-on work combined with his passion for people, food, and wine, led him to Vanessa Vineyard which felt like home. When he isn’t providing exceptional service at our Tasting Room, he can be found cooking for his friends and family, surfing, skiing or playing hockey in beautiful BC’s back yard.
Carved from stone, fuelled by sun, a vineyard like no other. Our vineyard is situated high on a hillside overlooking the Similkameen Valley with grapes cultivated on 75 acres of sloping, and extremely rocky terrain. We focus on producing small quantities of premium red wines using only estate-grown fruit.