Tinhorn Creek Vineyards is pleased to introduce their new winemaker Andrew Windsor. An experienced bon vivant and global traveller, Windsor brings a unique blend of passion and scientific knowledge to the winery.
Tinhorn Creek’s approach to winemaking has always been collaborative and Sandra Oldfield will continue this tradition by running the winery as CEO & president whilst working together with her successor Windsor and the winemaking team.
“Andrew’s experimental and innovative new ideas fit perfectly with our approach over the last 20 years of continually evolving and moving forward with our winemaking,” says Oldfield. “Andrew’s worldly view will ensure a fresh direction as we continue to work dynamically to create our spectacular wines.”
Ontario-born Windsor’s first taste of wine was a friend’s parents’ attempt at homemade wine but it didn’t put him off and he went on to take a course in wine whilst studying environmental science at the University of Guelph. In his 20’s Windsor met Jamie McFarland of The Ice House Winery, who invited him to assist with his ice wine project in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Windsor had a sharp taste of the winemaking world when he was called to start picking grapes at 3 a.m. in minus 12C.
Heading to warmer climes, he gained a Masters of Oenology at the University of Adelaide in Australia in 2006 and then took on an assistant winemaking role at Mollydooker Wines in McLaren Vale, where he lived on the beach and cycled to work through vineyards filled with kangaroos.
Working closely with viticulturist Andrew Moon and assistant winemaker, Korol Kuklo, Windsor will be overseeing the winemaking process from vines to bottle. He brings with him a wealth of experience having worked in wineries in the Okanagan, Marlborough in New Zealand and the Northern Rhone in France before returning to Canada to work as VQA winemaker for Andrew Peller Ltd. in Niagara.
“France taught me that wine is not just a science but an art form, a culture and an expression of a place. Wine has the ability to take you to a place in the world without leaving your home,” says Windsor. “I want to make the best wine in Canada and the only place I can do that is the South Okanagan.”
Windsor will be continuing Tinhorn Creek’s tradition of creating much-loved wines but his fresh approach will bring an exciting new element, whilst helping the winery to continue to progress and move forward into the next 20 years of exceptional winemaking.
For more information and access to Tinhorn Creek’s full schedule of 20th anniversary events call 1-888-484-6467 or visit the website at www.tinhorn.com.