From legendary viticulturists to award-winning winemakers, our team may be small but our expertise is vast. Thanks to our extraordinary people, we are able to craft profound wines that reflect this truly distinctive vineyard.
A decade ago, President and CEO of CRS Group of Companies, Suki Sekhon, discovered and identified a unique opportunity and acquired a rock-strewn 220-acre piece of land in the Similkameen Valley. Known today as Vanessa Vineyard, you can now add vintner to his portfolio. Suki is a passionate philanthropist and businessman, helping businesses and charities grow and thrive. As a champion for several BC non-profits, community has always been at the forefront for Suki and his family as they make it a mandate to give back.
A living legend, for over four decades Howard has been on the leading edge of winemaking innovation. Since joining the wine industry in 1980, Howard has earned innumerable awards and accolades, and in 2019 was the first winemaker named to the Order of Canada, a milestone we are so proud to celebrate with him.
A fourth-generation farmer from Oliver, British Columbia, Nathan brings a strong history of innovative agricultural techniques to Vanessa Vineyard. His dedication to producing quality fruit, and improving the vineyard’s operations can be attributed to the legacy of his late father Robert Goltz, and the Goltz family, who have been leaving a footprint in the Okanagan for many years.
Tasting Room Manager
Kristi grew up on Vancouver Island and after high school and some traveling, attended Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Tourism Management Degree. From her university experience, she discovered a passion for wine; later obtaining her WSET Level 2 and continues to learn as much as possible about the wine industry in BC and throughout the world. Kristi believes strongly that wine and food are some of life’s simplest pleasures and that they are meant to be fun and enjoyed!
Carved from stone, fuelled by sun, a vineyard like no other. Our vineyard is situated high on a hillside overlooking the Similkameen Valley with grapes cultivated on 75 acres of sloping, and extremely rocky terrain. We focus on producing small quantities of premium red wines using only estate-grown fruit.