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Marco Piccoli

 

Maro arrived at Jackson-Triggs with over ten yeras of experience having Italy, Germany and Argentina. Marco grew up in Northeastern Italy in one of the world's most established wine regions. After specializing in agriculture in high school he worked at local wineries starting as a cellar hand and progressing to cellar management and assistant winemaker. Following that he earned a joint Masters Degree in Grape Growing and Winemaking from the University of Udine in Italy and the University of Applied Science in Wiesbaden-Geisenheim, Germany. Working in Germany's Rheingau wine region was a life changing experience for Marco and it was here that he gained hands-on experience in cool climate viticulture.

Having worked in Germany where Eiswein was first created Msroc is excited about the opportunities to produce Icewines in Ontario

Brooke Blair

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Winemaker Brooke Blair was recently named one of the top 30 winemakers to watch by The Drinks Business. Born in 1978 at Mount Gambier in Australia, she is the daughter of a vineyard manager. She studied at the University of Adelaide, starting out in commerce before switching to wine.

After university, Brooke became the assistant winemaker at Hollick Wines for 3 vintages. She experienced a northern hemisphere vintage when she travelled to Mustiguillo Bodega, Spain where she also honed her skills in laboratory analysis and tasting. Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate finally drew Brooke away from Australia. She was mentored through several vintages by the world-renowned winemaker, Bruce Nicholson, and was promoted to Winemaker, Red Wines in 2007. A year later she got to explore a different approach to ‘big reds' and to broaden both her tasting and winemaking skills when she traveled to Chile to complete the 2008 vintage with several wineries located in the famous Maule, Curico and Colchagua Valleys.

As a Jackson-Triggs winemaker in Ontario, Brooke managee all red wine production and plays a role in the production of all premium wines crafted at the facility. Her responsibilities include evaluating quality through batch tasting; determining and preparing VQA blends for bottling; hosting tastings and winemakers' dinners and working with vineyard managers and growers to monitor the harvest. Brooke says, "winemaking is an important balance between science and art. By combining the two, I aim to make the finest quality wine possible."

 

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