Winemaker, Inniskillin Okanagan
"Quality wine comes from an unbreakable marriage between the vineyard and winemaking. You care for the grapes, you get the good fruit and then you allow it to express itself."
Derek Kontkanen’s love of science and his parents’
penchant for fine wine combined to spark his interest
in winemaking at an early age.
Born and raised in a small southern Ontario town called
Wyebridge, Kontkanen always enjoyed spending time in
the rolling countryside surrounding his rural home. This,
combined with his fascination with biology and chemistry,
fuelled his desire to learn the art of winemaking.
Derek Kontkanen, Winemaker
Click Here for full bio