Women vintners make significant contribution to growth of a $194M industry

on 21/02/11 at 1:33 pm

Wine

Sandra Oldfield/Winemaker Tinhorn Creek Winery

The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs today celebrates the female vintners who make a significant difference in a rapidly expanding sector.

When Sandra Oldfield moved from California to B.C.’s Okanagan region in the mid-1990s, she brought with her a desire to both become a Canadian and make terrific wine.

Today, Oldfield is not only a proud citizen of Canada, but the owner/operator of Tinhorn Creek, an award-winning winery in Oliver that produces 35,000 cases of wine each year, up from 1,000 when she started out in 1995.

But Tinhorn Creek — jointly owned by Oldfield, her husband Kenn Oldfield, and Bob and Bar Shaunessy — is also among a growing number of B.C. wineries that are owned, co-owned, operated, re-branded, or acquired and expanded by women vintners.

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