Proprietor of Painted Rock Estate Winery Ltd.
The Son of a Canadian Forces fighter pilot John spent the majority of his youth in Comox BC moving to Vancouver in 1979 to attend SFU. In 1983 John embarked on a successful career in Vancouver's brokerage in industry, retiring from Yorkton Securities in 1998 and later Canaccord Capital in 2009.
John was a stockbroker in Vancouver for more than 25 years, during which time he became an avid wine enthusiast. John and his wife Trish dreamed of having their own vineyard after spending time exploring wineries in the South of France with their family.
Always interested in the wine industry and a serious wine collector John paid close attention to the Okanagan's emerging wine industry. He paid particularly close attention to the wineries who had participated in the Canadian governments "Vinifera Program" who where paid to replace the high producing, low quality hybrid varieties with vinifera in an effort to improve the quality of the regions wines and its reputation. In 2000 a friend introduced him to two wines from Burrowing Owl, a participant in the program. The fruit was ripe and the wines were wonderful. The journey began.
Entrepreneurial by nature he thought if he could find the best property and apply the most aggressive mandate there was an excellent opportunity to make a difference and be an early participant in this emerging wine region. In 2001 John thought he'd go to the Okanagan and buy a winery. The more he looked the more he learned. There are no two properties alike and most that were for sale were for sale for a reason. For three years he looked it wasn't until he was introduced to the renowned 56 acre "BlackHawk" property on Skaha Lake in Penticton that he new he'd found his opportunity. The property was center of what was once known as the largest apricot orchard in the British Commonwealth and had lain fallow for seventeen years. During the search for the ultimate property John had resolved that if he could not find a 10 out of 10 property worthy of the most aggressive mandate he'd move on. He had also become very familiar with the resources available to rate the potential of the various candidates so when he'd founded the "BlackHawk" it's potential was immediately apparent. From soil type to aspect to heat units to site influences this property ticked all the right boxes.
John and his team spent 2004 preparing and analyzing the property and devising a planting strategy which was implemented in 2005. Renamed for the 500 year old pictographs bordering the property the Painted Rock property was immediately validated for its potential with its first vintage winning two coveted BC Lieutenant Governors Awards.Two years later Painted Rock won two again going on to win 2014/2015 InterVin International Wine Awards Winery of the Year.
The property continues to over deliver on its promise and John has resolved to stop at nothing to realize its ultimate potential. Considering himself a steward of a legacy family business he's determined that generations of his family will grow with, and benefit from, this amazing opportunity.
Born in France and raised on the family vineyard Alain went on to engineering school and then completed a diploma in viticulture, oenology and economics in 1983. He then completed an M.B.A. from the University of Bordeaux in management & administration.
After many years in the industry Sutre became the owner and general manager of Ertus Consulting in 2000. Specializing in vineyard and winery project management, global analysis of agricultural firms and the analysis of the entire wine production process. Today Alain's "team" focuses on complex projects and quality-driven programs.
Alain Sutre was engaged by Painted Rock in 2006 to integrate vineyard and winery objectives and to blend the wines. Our signature wine and Alain's primary focus is our Gold Medal winning Red Icon. Believing that "the unique nature of the Okanagan will soon yield wines as identifiable as those from Bordeaux, Burgundy, or Napa-distinctly Okanagan wines, rich in flavour and character," Alain understood our mission from the beginning. Trish and John were also confident the vineyard team with Alain's guidance had just the blend of craft, skill, and passion to deliver this vision.
Business Development Manager
John and Trish Skinner's vision to create a legacy business is being fulfilled today as their daughter Lauren joins the team at Painted Rock Estate Winery in the position of Business Development Manager.
Lauren has worked toward being a part of Painted Rock since its inception, spending summers in the first Painted Rock tasting room while attending the University of Victoria. Lauren also attended industry events alongside John over the years. In 2011 Lauren moved to France to complete her MBA in Luxury Brand Management, Food and Wine from INSEEC Bordeaux.
Upon completing her education, Lauren wanted to gain experience in marketing from established brands before coming into the family business. She began her career in commercial real estate with Cushman & Wakefield and later worked in residential project marketing with the Onni Group. Working for these reputable companies gave Lauren a breadth of knowledge and a work ethic that will help Painted Rock on its continued quest for excellence.
Gabriel Reis began working at Painted Rock Winery as a cellarhand during the 2009 harvest. His position continued to grow and evolve over the years and he is now our Assistant Winemaker. In this short time Gabe has been lucky to have some amazing mentors in the industry. For Gabriel, working in wine industry is truly getting back to his roots. Gabe grew up in Cawston, BC on a fruit orchard, where he spent his childhood picking fruit and getting a great understanding of the terroir of the region.
After high school Gabriel went to University and various technical schools, while he decided what career path to pursue. It wasn’t until a trip to Europe in 2007 that he truly discovered a passion for wine and began to consider pursuing wine as a career.
He attended the winery assistant certificate program at Okanagan College in 2009 and finished his Enology certificate through Washington State University in 2016.
In his spare time, Gabriel enjoys playing soccer and exploring the rugged hillsides of the Okanagan Valley by mountain bike, as well as tasting wines from around the world.
Although both of Jill’s parents were born and raised in the Okanagan Valley, Jill grew up in West Vancouver.
Upon finishing her Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations at the University of British Columbia, Jill moved to Switzerland to pursue her education in Hotel Management. It was during Jill’s time in Europe that her discovery of wine began.
Upon returning from Europe, Jill spent 23 years as a hotel manager in Vancouver only to find that she needed a new challenge and some more time with her family. In 2010, Jill brought her hospitality experience and business management skills to John Skinner’s new venture, Painted Rock Estate Winery.
Wine Shop Manager
Jennifer has lived in the Okanagan for over 15 years making it natural for her to fall in love with wine. She has enjoyed watching the changes in the industry over this time and is excited to see it continue to grow and adapt in her lifetime. Jennifer holds her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with a major in Hospitality Management. She also went on to study wine, currently holding her WSET level 3. In between studying she has focused on one of her other passion, travel. Jennifer enjoys soaking up culture and consuming local food and drink around the world.
Her background is restaurant management, bringing over ten years of experience to the team. Jennifer has worked locally at some of the top wineries in the region, including Quail’s Gate Winery and Cedar Creek Estate Winery. She is excited to be a part of the Painted Rock team and work towards their continued pursuit for excellence.
An Island girl at heart, Kirsten has spent the last 10 years travelling, studying and breathing wine since first being bitten by the wine bug on a trip through Europe in 2004. Upon returning home, it became extremely apparent that wine was more than just fermented grape juice but an art and science that she had to know more about. Kirsten spent the next 2 years living in the Barossa Valley, Australia, undertaking a Diploma of Wine & Food while working at Saltram Estate Winery and completing her WSET Advanced Certificate. Upon finishing her Diploma, the bright city lights were calling and she spent the next 5 years in Melbourne, completing a Degree in Business Marketing and working at winestyle, a specialist online wine retailer and as the wine buyer/sommelier at La Luna Bistro.
Upon returning to Canada, Kirsten spent a year in Vancouver working for The Wine Umbrella with clients including; Wines from Spain, Wines of France and Wines of Germany. In 2012, a Marketing Coordinator role with the BC Wine Institute had Kirsten once again packing her bags and making the move to the Okanagan Valley. Currently undertaking her WSET Diploma, Kirsten is excited to bring experience in all facets of the wine industry to consulting role with Painted Rock Estate Winery.
Born and raised in Caledon, Ontario, Jasmine’s foundation into the culinary world of wine and food came early thanks to her mother, a chef and caterer.
Jasmine studied Hydrology at University, though after graduating quickly realised that her interests lay in the hospitality sector and took a job at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, which is where her love of wine began. Undertaking the CAPS (Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers) certification at Niagara College, Jasmine then moved to Toronto and worked as Beverage Manager/Sommelier at various restaurants including Reds, Weslodge, The Chase, Ascari Enoteca, Elleven.
Wanting to learn more about the winemaking process, in 2013 Jasmine volunteered for her first harvest at O’Shaughnessy Estate Winery in Napa Valley. In 2014 Jasmine was introduced to John Skinner and with an interest in BC wines, decided to make the move to the Okanagan Valley to complete her second harvest with the Painted Rock team.
Jasmine has recently completed the Viticulture Certificate Program at Okanagan College, and is looking forward to her first season as Wine Shop Manager at Painted Rock.