Our Winemaker And Team
Taylor Whelan, Winemaker. Taylor grew up on Vancouver Island and studied Biology at the University of Victoria. After graduating and travelling to some far flung locales, he attended Brock University to study winemaking at the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute. After working at premium wineries in Ontario, Hawkes Bay NZ, McLaren Vale South Australia, and Tasmania, Taylor returned to BC to become a member of the winemaking team at CedarCreek.
Leandro Nosal joins CedarCreek with an accumulative of ten years of international experience. Leandro completed his degree in Agricultural Engineering, specializing in Viticulture and Enology at Argentina’s Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza. He also has a European Master of Science in Viticulture and Enology. His winemaking journey began at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates California, USA, one of the World’s Top 50 Most Admired Wine Brands and continued on to some of the most renowned wine region in the word, including Baja California, Mexico; Mendoza, Argentina; Marlborough, New Zealand and a harvest at Tawse Winery, Ontario where he fell in love with Canada. This eventually brought him back here. Most recently Leandro was working at La Stella Winery Osoyoos, B.C. where he spent two years as the Assistant Winemaker becoming knowledgeable about the many microclimates, soil compositions and growing conditions of the Okanagan Valley. He strongly believes that the excellence of a wine is born in the vineyard and that the Okanagan Valley in all its complex terroirs offers endless possibilities for truly great wines. Leandro is also a steward for the sustainability of the wine industry in the valley, constantly looking for innovative approaches to reduce the environmental impact and improve the quality of the wine production.
The vineyards are carefully managed by Justin Adams, Vineyard Manager, who is entering his 20th growing season with CedarCreek. Justin who resides at CedarCreek works closely with our vineyard manager. Utilizing the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program, CedarCreek has nine viticulture workers from Oaxaca, Mexico working with them for eight months of the year. The Mexican crew has made an impact with their highly efficient and skilled viticulture techniques. CedarCreek farms for flavours at its three unique sites totaling 150 acres, which now represent over 80% of our grapes, enabling us to craft some of the finest wine from the Okanagan Valley.