Senior Winemaker : David Johnson

David’s full title is Winemaker/Grape Grower/Tractor Driver Extraordinaire – but that’s a mouthful so we just call him The Winemaker. In 2019, David was honoured to be named Winemaker of the Year by Tony Aspler’s Ontario Wine Awards.

There was a time in 2003, just after David was named The 2003 Grape King, and Featherstone was designated Vineyard of the Year, that we had to refer to him as Your Majesty. But that’s all behind us now…even though Dave is the only person to have received both a Grape King title and Winemaker of the Year.

David’s farming background and studies in agriculture at the University of Guelph have served as a base for understanding the viticultural practices involved in growing quality grapes. His international experience includes harvests in New Zealand (2007) and South Africa (2016).

Louise Engel

The Grande Fromage : Louise Engel

It  is Louise’s job to make sure the wine is chilled, the tasting room is restocked and your visit to Featherstone is fantastic.

Louise also comes from a rural background and studied business at the University of Guelph, where she and David met in the 1980’s. Louise runs the office, returns the emails, plans events and works on creating a welcoming atmosphere at the winery, ensuring that your visit will be memorable.

The Other Winemaker: Kevin Qin

Kevin is the winemaker who gets his hand the dirtiest at harvest and he’s also the vineyard manager.  Since 2016, Kevin has held a growing  variety of winery and vineyard responsibilities at Featherstone… heck, he even gets to feed the sheep in the summer. It’s all in day’s work at the grape ranch.  Kevin is a graduate  of the Niagara College Winery and Viticulture program and his diverse background provides him with the experience and expertise to craft Featherstone’s fine wines year after year. 

The Administrator : Jane Shook

Jane is Featherstone’s administrative ninja. For more than 10 years, Jane has looked after shipping & receiving, managing the office, ensuring the bills are paid, and much more. Much, much more.

We all know too well just how lost the team would be without Jane.

The Master Communicator : Alissa Hanson

One doesn’t have to speak to Alissa to receive a warm welcome at Featherstone. In addition to her many customer service and wine accomplishments, Alissa is fluent in sign language and dog!

She achieved certification by the London-based Wine & Spirit Education Trust (Level 1), has diverse hospitality and retail experience, and a customer-focused service attitude.

Alissa communicates wine knowledge with genuine openness, inclusiveness, pleasure, and a dollop of cheerful Featherstone irreverence. Oh, and did we mention dogs love her?!

The Grape Hound : Tucker

Tucker is an essential part of the team and subtly supervises all operations.

He is a very special breed of Niagara Escarpment Grape Hound (a.k.a. Heinz 57). Tucker is also a very friendly and sweet ‘new Canadian’, meaning that he is a rescue dog from the United States- and he hopes that if you are looking for a dog you will Adopt! Don’t Shop! His day job includes regular breaks for snoozing and as well as being on mousing duty at all times.

The Sheep Labour

Each Summer, Featherstone ’employs’ a small flock of sheep. Their job is to eat the leaves on the vines, thereby exposing the grapes to more sunlight and air circulation.

Sheep are ideally suited to the job of leaf-thinning: they are not interested in eating the tart, unripe grapes. Find out more about our eco friendly farming practices here

Featherstone Estate Winery

3678 Victoria Avenue
Vineland, ON
Canada, L0R 2C0
Tel:(905) 562-1949

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