Andrea Lee, did not set out on a wine career when she enrolled at Simon Fraser University to study molecular biology and biochemistry (something “very boring,” she says now). On graduating in 2006, she took a research internship with a pharmaceutical firm until the company, amid a business downturn, laid off staff.
She then took the opportunity to travel, ending up working in a vineyard in New Zealand where the 'winemaking bug' started. She then returned back to Summerland, BC and went to work in the wine industry, ending up as a Cellar Hand here at Chaberton. Then the 'bug' really set in. To upgrade her wine making skills, she enrolled at the University of Adelaide in Australia for a master’s degree in enology. On graduating in 2012 she turbocharged her career by making wine in both hemispheres. She worked with three different Australian wineries, including Josef Chromy Wines, a distinguished producer in Tasmania. Then it was back to the Okanagan for the 2014 vintage and then in July 2015, just before the beginning of the 2015 vintage, she landed here at Chaberton as our Winemaker. We are very glad she did!
Elias Phiniotis, Ph.D., our consulting oenologist, comes from a long line of wine makers and grape growers. Born in Pera-Pedhi, Cyprus, Elias has been with Domaine de Chaberton since 1991. He works closely with proprietor Anthony Cheng and winemaker Andrea Lee to develop and blend all of our red wines.
If you are interested in furthering your personal knowledge on the process of wine-making please join us for one of our complimentary winery tours.