Winemaker, Inniskillin Okanagan
“My passion is to make the best wine possible, utilizing the latest technology and traditional methods while respecting the varietal characteristics of the fruit. By staying true to the varietal characters, we get a great view at the vast terrior that is found in the Okanagan Valley."
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
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