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BRIAN SCHMIDT

WINEMAKER +VICE PRESIDENT
VINELAND ESTATES

Celebrating 25 years as winemaker, Brian Schmidt has diligently served Vineland Estates, vineyards and cellars with a steady, farsighted view to full integration, adopting cutting edge technology and all the while reducing direct intervention as much as possible.   This holistic approach has resulted in three notable tiers of wines that continue to voice a clear expression of time and place.  Brian maintains, “It is critical to understand the soil and site where your grapes are grown while developing a defined, yet flexible frame to react to the curve balls that Mother Nature likes to throw.”  Brian continues, “And, I must admit that I have a particular love for Riesling and Cabernet Franc.”  He also quickly notes the creative cellar team at Vineland who passionately work with him towards a common goal of excellence. A native of Kelowna, British Columbia, Brian continues a third generation tradition of excellence in grape growing and wine making.