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C.C. Jentsch Cellars


Meet the Crew

Chris & Betty Jentsch
Viticulturist & Owners

Chris grew up in the Okanagan as a fruit farmer for most of his life. He made the switch from cherries to grapes in 2002 and grew 63 acres of vinifera for 11 years before making the decision to open his own winery. In 2012, he took the leap and turned his fruit packing warehouse into a cellar and tasting room.


Michael McCoy CWS
Wine Educator

Michael joined the CCJC Team in 2015 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the tasting room as our resident Canadian Wine Scholar, WSET Certified and an ongoing "student of wine". Known for his wine resource research and published Quick Reference Guide, Michael's the guy to ask if you are looking for good sources of wine information.

Larry Schwartzenberger

Tasting Room Host

Larry has been a member of our tasting room team since 2016. A tea merchant and local town councilor Larry looks forward to assisting you in our wine shop.

Paula Cooper
Assistant Winemaker

Paula joined our winemaking team in May of 2017 and is now the assistant winemaker.  Paula brings a decade of cellar experience in various roles related to wine production at some of the South Okanagan best wineries. She  is the point person to all things winemaking and occassionally at the wineshop selling some of our wares.

Wally Bootsma

Harvest Assistant

Wally is a Master Baker, tech savy, eccentric that pitches in when the going gets busy! He assists the winemaker during harvest, bottling and other various seasonal workbees.

Dennis Morin
Vineyard Crew

Dennis has worked for Chris for over 15 years and also manages his own vineyard. He is quiet and hard working and can always be found on the property with a tool in his hand.

David Strohmann

Vineyard Crew

David comes to us as a certified welder, in additional to many other skill sets makes him an excellent addition to our team.