Raised in the mountains of Vermont, Kathy has called the Okanagan “home” for more than three decades.Kathy spend 1985 – 2008 (23 years) working at Mission Hill. Were she had substantial responsibility for making many of Mission Hill's best-selling wines In 2008, after many years winemaking with Mission Hill Family Estate, Kathy made the move to Hillside to share in the Naramata lifestyle.
How good is Kathy? Put it this way: John Simes, Mission Hill's senior winemaker, hired two winemakers to replace her
What makes the Naramata Bench unique in the Okanagan is its geography. It is a strip of vineyard land, with fairly complex soil, about 25 km long on the east side of Okanagan Lake. The aspect of most of the bench is a gentle slope facing the west, meaning the vineyards benefit from long days of sunlight, with the lake effect moderating summer heat spikes as well as unseasonable winter cold . The benefit of the sun is magnified when the rays of late afternoon sun bounce from the lake onto the vines
Kathy's commitment to quality has been awarded numerous times throughout North America. Under her guidance, Hillside is the only BC winery producing Muscat Ottonel, a truly unique and unusual aromatic white wine, which has developed a huge customer following
Author John Schreiner writes
Kathy is highly regarded by her employers as she continues to raise the bar on wine quality. At a recent tasting, I found the new releases from Hillside among the best I have ever tasted at this winery. In the last few years Kathy has been focusing on Estate grown grapes and the Naramata Bench. It is the best place in the Okanagan to grow grapes” ; she claims
We have been told that Kathy has another talent apparently she has a great singing voice.
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