In the summer of 2017, Ontario an award-winning Winemaker and Sommelier, Jeff Hundertmark, relocated to the Okanagan.
Jeff’s passion to create wines that express the terroir of the vineyard and the wine making philosophy in each bottle, is something he takes seriously.
In 2019 Mt. Boucherie, announced the appointment of Jeff HUndertmark as head winemaker, adding to a very exciting year for the year as construction is underway on an expanded tasting room and new winery restaurant, set to open this fall. Jeff was working at Mt Boucherie's sister winery Rust Wine co where he will continue as winemaker.
Winemaking is Jeff’s second career; as he was a celebrated restaurateur and sommelier in Ottawa for over 20 years.
In 2005, his curiosity to learn everything from vine to bottle, led him to enrol in the Winery and Viticulture Technician program at Niagara College. During his practicum, he was fortunate enough to be mentored by great Canadian winemakers; Dave Sheppard, Jim Warren and the legendary John Marynissen.
His early winemaking career, at Marynissen Estate Winery in Niagara on the Lake, enabled him to work with some of Canada’s oldest vinifera vines. As Head Winemaker, he used the tools given to him by his mentors to create memorable wines without unnatural manipulation.
From his famed Bottoms Up; red blend to his White Merlot; his winemaking and sensory skills as a Sommelier, enabled him to blend wine components into the best possible outcome, resulting in consistent flavour profiles vintage after vintage.
In 2013, Jeff’s career shifted, when he accepted a Head Winemaking position for Stoney Ridge Estate Winery. Here, he was able to produce Estate wines as well as the successful celebrity brand for the Tragically Hip and his own label 100Marks.
Although, Jeff was a highly respected winemaker in Ontario, his annual visits to the Okanagan left him longing for an opportunity to make wine in Canada’s number one wine destination. 2017 presented him with a chance to relocate to BC and undertake harvest and winemaking alongside Jason Parkes.
In January 2018, Jeff joined the winemaking team at Mt. Boucherie and is excited to be charged with the winery’s Rust Wine Co. portfolio.
Jeff plans to introduce more innovation into the winemaking program including skin-contact Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris and a fresh Chablis-style Chardonnay.
Jeff believes there is a place for wines to be cherished for years; as big age-worthy collectibles, but also as important, there is a place for fresh wines meant for early consumption. It is an exciting time to be a winemaker in BC and Jeff is very excited for the future vision of Mt. Boucherie Winery and Rust Wine Co.
Mt. Boucherie Estate winery takes its name from the extinct volcano that is the geologic landmark of West Kelowna. They winery was originally founded in 1968.