Andy Johnston,Owner & General Manager

Andy Johnston,Owner & General Manager

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 move careers in to another great passion - wine.  Andy gained experience working at wineries in Tuscany (Villa Delia), Australia (McGuigan Wines), France (Chateau de Terride), and New Zealand (Trinity Hill, Escarpment). Lured by its dry summer and subtropical-Mediterranean climate, Andy settled in the Cowichan Valley. Having grown up on a Welsh hill farm, Andy's return to his agricultural roots has proven to be a natural transition. His favourite place to be is in the vineyard, pruning vines by hand with the rest of the Averill Creek crew.

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  Brent Rowland, Winemaker

Brent Rowland, Winemaker

Brent Rowland

Brent graduated with distinction from the University of Adelaide’s Oenology & Viticulture program in Australia and has worked in renowned wineries such as By Farr in Australia, Calera in California, Escarpment in New Zealand and most recently at Pearl Morissette in Niagara. Now with over 18 international harvests, Brent’s focus is on producing quality Pinot Noir. “The approach to my winemaking career was quite premeditated. I wanted to focus on Pinot Noir but didn’t want to go to Burgundy to learn a recipe. Instead, I chose to work at estates that I felt were the best at taking the Burgundian philosophy and adapting it to their specific region, make intelligent responses to the environment, while remaining loyal to Burgundian winemaking ethos.”

Brent jumped at the opportunity and to move across the country to work for with the team at Averill Creek. “I feel that Averill Creek has all the components required to make quality, focused wines with complexity, amazing perfume, poise and restraint.”

 
  Terry Trapnell,Vineyard Manager

Terry Trapnell,Vineyard Manager

Terry Trapnell

When Terry started in the wine industry nearly 20 years ago there were fewer than 35 wineries in BC. Today there are over 280. "It was an exciting time, we were learning on the fly and trying to obtain as much knowledge as we could regarding viticulture and vineyard management. We all worked in vineyards by day and went to viticulture school in the evenings."

After a number of years of working with Mission Hill Winery, Terry moved to Cedar Creek Winery where he managed their flagship vineyard in Kelowna. There he collaborated with winemaker Tom DiBello developing single-lot Pinot Noir.  Terry moved to Vancouver Island in 2013, and very impressed with Andy & Wendy's Vineyard site, he joined the Averill Creek team. "The slope and aspect were perfect, as was the soil." Combine that with Andy's passion for Pinot Noir and the rest is history.

 
  Tricia Mutcher, Operations & Marketing Manager

Tricia Mutcher, Operations & Marketing Manager

Tricia Mutcher

Tricia holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from York University and spent ten years working in the motion picture industry before a move to Vancouver Island inspired her career change. Motivated by personal interests in food and wine, Tricia enrolled in the International Sommeliers Guild education program and received her level three diploma in 2009. She joined the Averill Creek team as a certified sommelier in 2010 and transitioned to Operations & Marketing Manager in 2014. Her creative background and extensive wine knowledge are an excellent combination. Never a dull moment, Tricia always has a new project on the go!

 

 
  Wendy Johnston, Export Manager

Wendy Johnston, Export Manager

Wendy Johnston

Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Wendy Johnston worked in banking for 20+ years before her switch into the wine industry. Wendy’s extensive financial experience has proven indispensable to Averill Creek as she continues to help establish and grow Averill Creek Vineyard alongside her husband, Andy.

Wendy's love of wine and meeting new people make her an excellent ambassador for the winery. Now serving as the winery representative in Asia, Wendy is often found attending international trade shows and meeting with potential buyers to promote Averill Creek wines in China, Korea & Japan.

 

Accounting:

Patti Carfantan

Marketing: Digital and Social Media

Miranda Thorne

Tasting Room Sales:

Sarah Cosman

Daria Varasteh

Amanda Armstrong

Alexa Ku