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Craig McDonald

Craig McDonald wineamker Trius at Hillebrand

Craig McDonald
Senior Winemaker,Trius at Hillebrand

Craig has more than 15 years of winemaking experience, having made wines in Oregon , Australia , New Zealand and Niagara . His international exposure has afforded him the opportunity to experience 22 vintages, 13 of them in Niagara .

Before joining Trius Winery at Hillebrand, Craig was Winemaker at Creekside Estate Winery where he was awarded Ontario Winemaker of the Year in 2008 and was instrumental in the creation of Mike Weir Wines, Canada 's first celebrity wine brand. Previously, Craig produced wine with Villa Maria in New Zealand , Penfolds in the Barossa Valley , De Bortoli in the Yarra Valley , as well as at Sokol Blosser Wines in Oregon .

Now leading the winemaking team for Trius Winery at Hillebrand, Craig is instrumental in crafting the award-winning wines consumers have come to love, including the iconic Trius Red and the ultra-premium Hillebrand Single Barrel wines.

Craig's philosophy Is to respect the classic character of each grape variety in this great wine region. At Hillebrand, we bring an unrushed approach to winemaking. We have learned, over the last thirty years, to listen to the vineyards, believing that they will tell us what is best for the wine.

Trius Winery at Hillebrand

Located in historic Niagara-on-the-Lake Trius Winery at Hillebrand is one of Canada's leading VQA producers. Makers of Trius wines. The Orginal name was Hillebrand. Th winery is owned by Andrew Peller. One of the pioneer wineries in the development of Canada's icewines. In 1995, they were the first Canadian winery to receive highest honors with the Pichon Longeuville Comtesse de Lalande Trophy (Best Red Wine in the World) at the International Wine and Spirit Competition.

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