O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars is excited to announce the addition of Winemaker Nikki Callaway and General Manager Heather Courtney to the team.
Esteemed winemaker, Nikki Callaway, joins the team as winemaker for O’Rourke Family Estates. Having proven her talents through significant roles at major British Columbia wineries Mission Hill, Quails’ Gate, and Laughing Stock, Nikki brings with her a serious winemaking pedigree and international recognition including ‘World’s Best Pinot Noir’ at the 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards.
“Nikki’s keen interest in both viticulture and winemaking combined with her passion for small-lot premium production make her a great addition to our state-of-the-art project and estate grown fruit.” says Adrian Baker, Director of Winemaking.
“Having worked internationally and locally, I’ve encountered a wealth of experience as a winemaker which has allowed me to specialize in northern valley fruit including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and aromatic whites.” shares Callaway. “I am pleased to find a winery team whose vision directly aligns with my passion and experience.”
Heather Courtney joins the team as General Manager. In her role, she will manage all guest service channels including the tasting room, Garden Bistro, wine club operations, and new 5-suite log home B&B with boat launch.
“As we grow, we want to be sure that we have a strong visionary who can lead our team to provide world class experiences for our guests, and know that Heather’s experience in creating and sustaining strong relationships with both our team and our guests will help to get us there,” says Dennis O’Rourke, owner of O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars.
Heather brings with her nearly two decades of experience from the hospitality industry. She lived in the Lower Mainland for 15 years before relocating to the Okanagan Valley with her husband Don and children in 2012. Her experience in the Lower Mainland includes six years with the Sylvia Hotel, three years with the Sequoia Company of Restaurants, and five years with Monk McQueen’s Fresh Seafood and Oyster Bar.
Most recently, Heather is known for her six-year leadership role at Cedar Creek Estate Winery in Kelowna where she developed innovative and unique guest experiences and the winery’s celebrated tasting, touring, and event programs.
“O’Rourke is one of the most exciting wineries in the Okanagan, and I am grateful and honoured to have the opportunity to support the O’Rourke team to success,” says Courtney.
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O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars and O’Rourke Peak Estates are part of O’Rourke Family Vineyards. O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars is Lake Country’s newest winery and culinary destination to experience. The winery is located on a picturesque property with panoramic views of surrounding orchards, vineyards, rolling mountains and the glistening water of Okanagan Lake. Talented winemaker Adrian Baker and his winemaking team strive to produce complex and bright wines that showcase the nuances of Lake Country. The estate-grown portfolio showcases Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Rosé, Chardonnay, Grüner Veltliner and Pinot Noir. The combination of high-quality wines paired with delicious cuisine makes O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars a leading destination. Learn more about O’Rourke Peak Cellars here.
Media Contact: Heather Courtney