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When you pick up a bottle of Jackson-Triggs, you can be sure you made the right choice.

Jackson-Triggs is a name you know. It’s a name your friends know. It’s a name that stands for our commitment to crafting the perfect wine for any occasion, and our attention to detail shows. We are Canada’s most awarded winery and have been named “Best Canadian Winery” an unprecedented number of times in international and domestic competitions. You can feel proud when serving Jackson-Triggs wines in knowing that, no matter the varietal, vintage, or region, you’ll be pouring a premium wine that pairs perfectly with every moment, large or small.


OUR WINEMAKERS

Marco Piccoli

Marco Piccoli

WINEMAKER | NIAGARA

Marco brings enviable knowledge and skills to his work at Jackson-Triggs having worked on numerous vintages over the past 10 years. He’s worked in Italy, Germany and Argentina, gaining valuable experience in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. "Wine is alive, and expresses its unique vigour from the vine right through to our palate," he says, "and I enjoy infusing each grape with part of my own personality."

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.

Keen to learn more about new world winemaking and the unique terroir of the Niagara Peninsula, Marco accepted an internship at the Inniskillin Niagara Estate Winery and was rewarded the position of assistant winemaker at Vincor International in Niagara Falls. In September 2005 he became a winemaker at Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery where he works closely with Amy Bond, Jackson-Triggs’ Assistant Winemaker and Keith Bown, VP of Winemaking, Vincor Canada to bring Jackson-Triggs recognized style to each wine that he makes.

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Derek Kontkanen

Derek Kontkanen

WINEMAKER, ICEWINE & WHITE WINE | OKANAGAN

Derek manages winemaking for all of Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate’s white varietals. In addition to his vintage responsibilities, he monitors tank and bottle samples to meet VQA standards; creates blends for bottling; hosts tastings and makes presentations at various conferences and seminars. His philosophy is to make the best wine possible. He combines the latest technology and traditional methods while respecting the varietal characteristics of the fruit he is given to work with.

Born and raised in a small southern Ontario town called Wyebridge, Derek always enjoyed spending time in the rolling countryside that surrounded his home. This, combined with his fascination of biology and chemistry, brought him to the art of winemaking.

In 1997, Derek moved to St. Catharines to complete an Honours Bachelor of Science degree at the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute at Brock University. His summers spent working as a vineyard assistant at Inniskillin's Niagara Winery solidified his decision to undertake graduate studies in this field. During university, Derek worked as a teaching assistant and translator for an online French wine journal. He’s since gone on to publish several articles in wine-related scientific journals and participate in various seminars.

While completing his graduate program, he was offered the assistant winemaker position at Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate in July 2004. He trained with the guidance of world-renowned winemaker Bruce Nicholson and was promoted to winemaker himself in 2007.

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Brooke Blair

Brooke Blair

WINEMAKER, RED WINES | OKANAGAN

As a Jackson-Triggs winemaker, Brooke manages 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."

Growing up in Mount Gambier in South Australia, Brooke was inspired by the world-class wineries around her and by her father’s career as a vineyard manager.

Brooke completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Oenology) at the University of Adelaide, Australia. During her studies, she gained hands-on experience in every aspect of winemaking, including grape processing, fermentation management and juice and wine analysis both while she worked as a cellar hand at the Jamiesons Run Winery and during a 10-week placement as a cellar hand at Hollick Wines.

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.

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Our Name

Jackson-Triggs is a blend of our founders’ names,
Allan Jackson and Don Triggs, who established the
winery in 1993. With their partnership began an
unwavering dedication to quality, value and tradition,
which we continue to honour today.