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Our Team

We're very proud of our team here at Stag's Hollow Winery. From the vineyard to the cellar, everybody is dedicated to producing exceptional wines. From the office to the tasting room, and to our external sales team, we try to share the passion we have for what we produce and provide the best possible experiences to our customers. 


Keira LeFrancWinemaker

Keira grew up in the Okanagan, and actually got her start in the wine industry in our tasting room as her summer job in 2012. Showing a keen interest in the cellar side of things, after completing a science degree, she jumped at the opportunity to join our vintage team on the crush pad in 2013, which really solidified her passion for the industry. Following that first harvest, Keira spent 2 years training and working as a Sommelier in Australia, completing her WSET 3 and CMS Certified Sommelier. Missing getting her hands dirty in the cellar, she returned to the Okanagan to join our vintage crew again in 2015, before returning to the Southern Hemisphere to complete a Postgraduate Diploma of Wine Science in New Zealand, and an overseas harvest. She made her final move back to the Okanagan shortly thereafter, and joined our team permanently. Keira took over as Winemaker at Stag’s Hollow in July 2018.


Erin KorpistoGeneral Manager

Erin is an Okanagan girl who decided to move back to the valley and pursue her passion for wine in 2009, after spending several years working in architectural design, and travelling, overseas. Erin started in the cellar for a few years, before moving into the Sales and Marketing side of the industry. She shares her extensive knowledge and passion for the wines of BC by teaching wine studies at Okanagan College, and through her work here at Stag’s Hollow Winery, along with being a champion of BC wines nationally and internationally. Erin is a WSET Diploma candidate, earned a certificate in Wine Business Management from the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University, and also teaches wine studies at Okanagan College.

 


Vilem BlazekVineyard Manager

Vilem came to Stag's Hollow from the Czech Republic. On a one-year visit to Canada, Vilem fell in love with the Okanagan, decided to stay and is currently working on his permanent residency. Vilem looks after the vineyards at both locations - Stag's Hollow and Shuttleworth Creek. You will find him mainly on the tractor in the field, with our seasonal vineyard team or on the crush pad during harvest!

 

 


Julie PlanidenWine Shop & Wine Club Manager

Julie always knew she would end up somewhere in the wine industry. Growing up in Kelowna, wineries were always in her backyard, there were just a lot fewer of them. After spending about 25 years travelling, living all over Canada and raising 2 amazing daughters, she realized BC and specifically the Okanagan Valley was where she wanted to be. Armed with an education in Tourism, Marketing and Management, along with an extensive array of food and wine experiences she ended up working at several of the top wineries in the Okanagan. In her spare time, you will find Julie sharing her love of food and wine with friends and family, travelling internationally (when we can do that) and taking motorcycle trips throughout beautiful British Columbia. Julie looks forward to welcoming you to Okanagan Falls to experience the unique wines of Stag’s Hollow.


JenniferAdministrative Assistant

Jennifer spends most of her time at the computer, dealing with all things government- and accounting-related in order to keep the winery running smoothly. Once in a while you’ll see her appear briefly in the wine shop to help out with our guests when things get very busy, or even on the bottling line enjoying the winery camaraderie! She is also the chief organizer/ logistics queen behind all the wine club packing. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys exploring the world of wine, finding new regions or styles to try, and can be found out on the local hiking trails with her dog Mojo.