Our Team

  • Andy Johnston

    Andy worked as an MD in Edmonton for several decades, establishing a highly successful chain of primary-care clinics. The 80s and early 90s were focused on raising a family and growing the business, but by the late 90s, he was ready to create a career from another great passion—premium wine.

    After gaining experience working at wineries in Tuscany (Villa Delia), Australia (McGuigan Wines), France (Chateau de Terride), and New Zealand (Trinity Hill, Escarpment), Andy decided he was ready, and found his ideal site. He chose the Cowichan Valley, lured by its dry-summer subtropical/ mediterranean climate. Having grown up on a Welsh hill farm, Andy's return to his agricultural roots has proven to be a natural transition. His favorite place to be is in the vineyard, pruning vines by hand with the rest of the Averill Creek crew.

  • Wendy Johnston

    Born and raised in Edmonton Alberta, Wendy worked in banking for 20+ years before her switch into the wine business. She handles the administration for the winery, and also recently finished a four year term as the treasurer for the Wine Island's Vintner's Association (WIVA).