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.
Born in a small town outside of Adelaide, Australia, Levi de Loryn grew up surrounded by vineyards and had a natural curiosity for winemaking. After Levi received his degree in Food Technology and Microbiology at the University of South Australia, he landed a cellar position at Château Yaldara in the Barossa Valley. Yaldara is the Aboriginal word for sparkling, which coincidentally is Levi’s true passion, sparkling wines. In his eyes, they are “complex and challenging, but done right can be magnificent, and so rewarding.”
He then switched gears and moved into the laboratory as a Senior Wine Analyst at Hardy Wine Company. This afforded Levi the opportunity to work a harvest as a cellar hand at Blackstone Winery in Sonoma Valley, California. Once back in Australia, he completed his Master’s of Oenology at Adelaide University and went on to work with his wife at Wither Hills Winery in Marlborough where he gained invaluable experience. In 2010, he moved to Canada to work at Flat Rock Cellars, which gave him the added experience at a smaller scale winery. He then returned to Australia for another vintage in the heart of the Barossa Valley, working as Senior Cellar Hand at St. Hallet Winery, where he worked with select bold reds and experimented with some of Australia’s oldest vines.
Since 2011 Levi has been using his expertise in the Niagara region as Assistant Winemaker at Rockway Glen Estate Winery, and then Associate Sparkling Winemaker at Angels Gate Winery & Kew Estates Winery as well as Sparkling Wine Consultant & Processing Manager for Millesime. In late August of 2018, Levi joined Arterra Wines Canada as Estate Winemaker for Jackson-Triggs Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake. With broad interests from cooking, traveling, and microbrews to of course, all things wine, and with the wisdom gained from international exposure, it seems Levi was “destined to be a ‘sparkling winemaker’”.
Dave has worked in the vineyard since he was 11 years old. He was doing basic field analysis at age of 15 - too young to drive but knowledgeable enough to measure acidity. While still a teen, he worked on the Becker Project, a major research project that greatly influenced development of the B.C. wine industry. His first winemaking role was at Sumac Ridge Estate Winery where he was the Assistant Winemaker for 8 years after working many years in the cellars/vineyards and other aspects of the business. During Dave’s years with Sumac Ridge he was a part of producing many award winning wines. One that he is very proud of is the multiple-award winning 1997 Pinot Blanc Sumac Ridge Estate Winery Icewine.
He then took over the reigns as Senior Winemaker at See Ya Later Ranch, responsible for managing the cellar and creating a “best of show” portfolio inspired by the local lifestyle andlocation. After a short period of time at See Ya Later, Dave and his team were awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Award of Excellence for their Brut Sparkling wine. Dave was extremely proud of this award as his experience working with traditional bottle fermented sparkling wine went back decades to the original development of the Steller’s Jay brand for Sumac Ridge. After many years of practical winemaking experience, Dave went back to school and completed his formal winemaking training through U.C. Davis in California.
In 2007 he became Senior Winemaker for the Constellation Oliver winery, leading the winemaking teams for Jackson-Triggs Okanagan along with See Ya Later Ranch,and a few years later, the teams of Sumac Ridge and Inniskillin west became part of Dave’s team. Dave was formally promoted in 2015 to Regional Senior Winemaker for the Constellation Brands / Okanagan Estates.
In addition to overseeing the team, he is back as head winemaker at Jackson-Triggs Okanagan. Dave is extremely proud and honoured to have worked with so many talented individuals over the years. He is humbled to be part of such a passionate team and brand that has played such a major role in the development of the Okanagan wine industry. The brand has a diverse portfolio that has captured the essence and diversity of the Okanagan terroir, from big bold fruit forward reds to crisp, grassy Sauvignon Blancs.
Dave’s passionate commitment to every detail of the winemaking process has earned many awards and accolades. His greatest pleasure is in pouring for appreciative winery visitors. “I’m proud to be part of a team so totally committed to producing wines of the highest quality.”
Our founders, Allan Jackson and Don Triggs, established the winery in 1993. With their partnership began an unwavering dedication to quality, value and tradition, which we continue to honour today.