Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Ltd. was formed in early 2000 by combining Boka Wines & Spirits Ltd. of Toronto with the acquisitions of Birchwood Estate Wines and Lakeview Cellars Estate Winery Limited, each in the Niagara wine region. Founders Andrew Green and Murray Marshall had known each other for years through amateur baseball and this, combined with their commitment to quality, inspired the name "Diamond".
Their Canadian brands include 20 Bees, Dan Aykroyd, De Sousa, Dois Amigos, Eastdell, Fresh ,
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Lakeview Cellars and Sundance .
The winery produces a full range of red, white and rosé table wines, Icewine and other dessert wines.
De Sousa Wine Cellars is also open to the public.
They operate their wine division under the name Lakeview Wine Co.
Born in South Africa, Tom moved to Canada at the age of 14.
During his time studying chemistry at Western University, Tom's parents bought a 50 acre vineyard in Beamsville, Ontario, where he'd work weekends.
Upon graduation from Western, Tom enrolled in the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture program at Brock University. His placement during the CCOVI program was at Lakeview Cellars Estate Winery as an apprentice to winemaking under Eddy Gurinskas.
Following his graduation he remained with Lakeview Cellars, working with Eddy for 3 more years before Eddy’s retirement. He then took over winemaking duties for Lakeview Cellars in January, 2003 and head winemaking duties at Diamond Estates in 2005.
Scott went to Niagara College for marketing before making the jump over to the wine industry. He studied oenology and in 1996 accepted a job at Hillebrand Estate Winery in Grower Relations and Viticulture. Scott next moved to the position of lab technician ensuring quality control of the wines.
From 2000-2003 Scott worked at Andrew Peller Ltd. Wines in Wynona as a Lab Technician and Assistant Winemaker.
In 2003 he took the role as Winemaker for EastDell Estates. In 2005 EastDell merged with Lakeview to become Diamond Estates and so began the team of winemakers.
Jessica grew up in the Niagara Region and graduated with a Chemistry degree from Wilfred Laurier University in 2006. Following graduation, Niagara drew Jessica back when she enrolled in the CCOVI certificate program at Brock University.
She also loved the area and thought it had a lot to offer in terms of making good wine. While studying at Brock – Jessica worked at EastDell Estates in Beamsville under the direction of Scott McGregor.
Upon graduation, Jessica became the resident Oenologist at Diamond Estates and in 2015, joined Scott and Tom as the Assistant Winemaker!