Hester Creek Estate Winery’s senior winemaker Robert Summers has announced his retirement.
Summers crafted wine at the Oliver Winery for 14 years , during which he oversaw construction and design of the sustainably built winery and helped grow Hester Creek and expand the business.
“Rob has been a huge part of Hester Creek’s incredible success, in growing the company from a small 6,000-case winery to the 60,000-case production today,” said Mark Sheridan, president of Hester Creek Estate Winery. “His talents and great sense of humour will be missed by our team, and we wish him well in his well-earned retirement.”
Going forward, the winery’s cellar is being managed by longtime winemaker Mark Hopley and assistant winemaker Rebecca Ruggeri.
Formerly with Sumac Ridge Estate Winery, Hopley has been a winemaker with Hester Creek since 2013.
Last year Ruggeri was promoted to the newly created position of assistant winemaker. She has international experience working for several years in the cellars and labs of premium wineries across New Zealand, Australia and California.
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