BC Wine Institute Announces New Board of Directors

BC Wine Institute July 12, 2013

July 12, 2012 (Kelowna, BC) Following another fruitful Annual General Meeting (July 09, 2013 at Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa, Osoyoos), the BC Wine Institute (BCWI) is pleased to announce its new Board of Directors. The seven voting BCWI Directors represent British Columbia wineries of all sizes, including large wineries (selling more than 700,000 litres annually), medium wineries (selling more than 90,000 litres annually), and the many small wineries.

Greg Berti of Andrew Peller (large winery), Chris Wyse of Burrowing Owl Vineyards (medium winery), and Bob Johnson of Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery (small winery) will continue their respective terms for one more year. They will be joined by re-elected members Josie Tyabji of Constellation Brands Canada (large winery) and Shaun Everest of Tinhorn Creek Vineyards (medium winery), and newly elected members David Wilson of Mission Hill Family Estate Winery (large winery) and Spencer Massie of Clos du Soleil Winery (small winery), all for two year terms. Manfred Freese of Sun Ridge Vineyard will continue his post as the appointed BC Grapegrowers’ Association representative. Mr. Freese and BCWI Executive Director Miles Prodan are ex officio members of the Board.

Josie Tyabji will continue her role as Chairman and Shaun Everest continues as Vice Chairman.

“We are pleased to welcome our two new Board members, and particularly happy to have a Similkameen Valley representative on the Board,” remarks BCWI Executive Director Miles Prodan. “We understand the time commitment it takes and sincerely appreciate the work that our volunteer Board of Directors and Committee members do for the Wines of British Columbia outside of their positions with their respective organizations.”

The BCWI thanks outgoing Directors Ingo Grady of Mission Hill Family Estate Winery and Bill Eggert of Fairview Cellars for their contributions to the BCWI Board and Committees, and the BC wine industry.

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About British Columbia Wine Institute

Since 1990, the BCWI has played a pivotal role in taking BC's wine industry from a vision to an internationally recognized niche region producing premium wines and providing quality wine tourism experiences.

Representing 131 member wineries throughout the province, the BCWI supports and markets the Wines of British Columbia (BC VQA), which gives consumers assurance they are buying a wine that is 100% from BC. The BCWI also markets the Wine Regions of British Columbia; delivers quality trade, media and consumer tastings; and acts as the voice of BC's wine industry by advocating to government on behalf of its members. Learn more at www.winebc.com

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