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Our award-winning winemaker
With such a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience when it comes to cool climate, coastal winemaking, Dean might surprise some visitors to the vineyard with his youthful energy and dynamic approach.
Hailing from New Zealand originally, Dean spent many years honing his Viticulture and vinification skills at Australia’s coastal vineyards and wineries before making Canada his home.
Turning his full attention to the unique conditions of the coastal Pacific Northwest region, with work at several Vancouver Island wineries, Dean has become a recognized authority on Gulf Island and Canadian Coastal grape growing and winemaking.
He brings fresh enthusiasm to Sea Star with plans to enhance the sustainability of our vineyard and winemaking operations. An active member in industry associations, Dean shares his passion with other growers and winemakers, pushing the boundaries of innovation and collectively raising the bar for excellence in the region.