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Changing of the Guard at Black Hills Estate Winery


[Oliver, BC] After 11 years at the helm of Black Hills Estate Winery (Black Hills), Glenn Fawcett, director and president, is officially stepping down from the day-to-day operations. Fawcett has led a remarkable evolution of the business since 2007 and is now embarking on a three-month sabbatical to recharge his batteries and spend time with family.

In early 2019, Fawcett will return to the wine industry to take on the newly created position of chief wine evangelist for Black Hills’ parent company, Andrew Peller Ltd. (APL). In this capacity, Fawcett will bring his energy and ideas to the other APL Canadian wineries while lending his entrepreneurial perspective to potential new ventures within the business. He will also serve as an advisor to and bon vivant for the winery so dear to his heart, Black Hills.

“I am so thrilled to have had the opportunity to lead this winery since 2007 and to have the continued support from our shareholders, employees and customers along the way,” says Fawcett.

Going forward, the day-to-day operations of the business will be managed by talented team members running the respective vineyard, winemaking, estate and marketing operations of the business, while they are reporting to and working closely with the team from APL. 

“It gives me great satisfaction to know that the passionate team from APL shares the same values for the Continual Quality Evolution of the Black Hills Estate Winery wines. This will bode well for what I am sure will be an exciting future for better and better-quality wines for our customers and trade partners. Best of all, I still get to come to the major parties and events of Black Hills and help maximize the fun factor for our guests.” adds Fawcett.

Please join Black Hills in congratulating El Presidente on his many accomplishments over the years, to his upcoming sabbatical and his new position as chief wine evangelist with Black Hills’ parent company.

About Black Hills Estate Winery:

Founded in 1999, Black Hills Estate Winery produces wine exclusively from its estate vineyard on the Black Sage Bench, north of Osoyoos, British Columbia. The vineyard microclimate is one of the hottest, driest, and sunniest sites in the South Okanagan, allowing the vines to yield flavourful grapes of balanced intensity. Using environmentally-friendly viticultural techniques and thoughtful winemaking practices, the winery is well-known for its two signature blends: Nota Bene, an age-worthy Bordeaux-style red, produced in limited-quantities from select barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and Alibi (Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon). Black Hills also produces varietally-labelled Viognier, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Carménère. A second label, Cellar Hand, was introduced in 2012, allowing the winemaking team freedom to experiment with select barrels from the estate.

Surrounded by panoramic vineyard views, the Black Hills team welcomes wine lovers to visit their Wine Experience Center in Oliver. The new facility can provide a unique, sit-down wine tasting experience guided by highly trained wine professionals. Annual summer events held at the facility are bold, exciting and fun. Members of the Black Hills Wine Club enjoy access to limited-release wines not available to the public.

To learn more, visit blackhillswinery.com and follow the conversation on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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