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The Next Generation Is Taking Over Creston Winery

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Creston, BC November 1, 2021 – One of southeast British Columbia’s best-known and most awarded wineries is making the transition to a new generation of owners.  

Wes Johnson and his fiancée Myran Hagenfeldt have purchased the Baillie-Grohman Estate  Winery in Creston from Wes’s parents, Bob Johnson and Petra Flaa, who founded the winery in  2007.  

Baillie-Grohman’s early vintages of wine were made by a visiting New Zealand winemaker. Wes  Johnson completed his oenology degree in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand before returning home in  2014 to join his family winery as the full-time winemaker.  

“My passion is to be able to make elegant, handcrafted wines that showcase our unique terroir  here in Creston,” he says. Johnson has earned acclaim for his skilful handling of the vineyard’s cool  climate grapes, which include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer. His  Sparkling Wine, a Rosé and Reserve Pinot Noirs have all proven to be popular additions to the  marketplace.  

Hagenfeldt, with her 15 years of experience in the wine industry from New Zealand and Canada,  says “It’s an exciting step for us to build on the legacy that Bob and Petra have created and to play  an integral part in putting this emerging wine-growing region, the Kootenays, on the map.”    

Johnson and Hagenfeldt say they are thrilled about their new venture, and with their knowledge  and passion they are ready to make their own mark in the BC wine industry.  



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