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C.C. Jentsch Cellars

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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.

Amber Pratt (Jones)
Winemaker

Amber grew up on Vancouver Island and moved to the Okanagan in 2009 to pursue her passion for wine. Her knowledge, impeccable palate and love for rosé had her sought after by some of the Okanagan's best wineries. She came to C.C. Jentsch Cellars with an elite background of experience at Nk'Mip Cellars, Road 13, and Black Hills Estate Winery before accepting Chris' offer to craft his mature Golden Mile Bench fruit into award winning wines.

Paula Cooper

Paula joined our winemaking team in May of 2017.  Paula brings a decade of cellar experience in various roles related to wine production.

Michael McCoy CWS
Wine Educator / Tasting Room Host

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.

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.

Jose Silva
Vineyard Crew

Jose has also worked for Chris for over 15 years. He is a dedicated employee and even nearing retirment,          Jose puts in more hours than most men in a day.

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.