Keira grew up in the Okanagan, and actually got her start in the wine industry in our tasting room as her summer job in 2012. Showing a keen interest in the cellar side of things, after completing a science degree, she jumped at the opportunity to join our vintage team on the crush pad in 2013, which really solidified her passion for the industry. Following that first harvest, Keira spent 2 years training and working as a Sommelier in Australia, where she completed her WSET level 3 and CMS Certified Sommelier courses. Missing getting her hands dirty in the cellar, she returned to the Okanagan to join our vintage crew again in 2015, before returning to the Southern Hemisphere to complete a Postgraduate Diploma of Wine Science in New Zealand, and an overseas harvest. She made her final move back to the Okanagan shortly thereafter, and joined our team permanently. Keira took over as Winemaker at Stag’s Hollow in July 2018.
“Growing up in Penticton, surrounded by vineyards, one would have thought that winemaking should have been an obvious choice early on. It took a while for me to realize, though, that it was the perfect blend of science and art that I’d been searching for throughout my undergraduate career. I flirted with the Sommelier thing, but ever since that first vintage, there was this undeniable pull to get back in the cellar and create. I was fortunate enough to find a mentor who saw something in me, took an interest in my career, and guided me on this path. I am also incredibly grateful to Larry and Linda for putting their trust in me, and for giving me an opportunity to do what I absolutely love, in one of the most beautiful places in the world.”