Proprietor

JAK Meyer

Following a career in the investment business and raising two young girls, Sydney and Kamryn, Janice and I decided to completely change directions and get into the wine business. We set out to establish ourselves as one of BC’s top wineries focusing on small premium Chardonnay and later Pinot Noir. As in business and my business models the plan was to surround myself with the best people I could in each area. We enlisted James Cluer and Rhys Pender to build our business plan. We hired Pierre Levesque to look after the vineyard and our final piece of the puzzle was to hire Chris Carson who had just returned to Canada after honing his skills and education in Central Otago. I now spend my days actively in sales, administration, tastings, events, viticulture, winemaking (cleaning tanks), landscaping and wherever else the experts will let me. Our tasting room was completed in 2010 and the tasting room staff and I look forward to seeing you at the winery.

Proprietor

Janice Stevens-Meyer

With a background of both public practice accounting, and many years in the food and beverage business, the winery has become the perfect career choice for Janice. She brings a keen interest and understanding of the business to the organization and is responsible for all the accounting, payroll, bookkeeping, and management. She is often seen at events or at the winery pouring wine.

Winemaker & Viticulturist

Chris Carson

Chris returned to Canada in 2008 after eight years spent in New Zealand, California and Montrachet. He brings his expertise in crafting award winning wines. Chris is hands on in the vineyard, following the grape from pruning to harvest and creating small lot hand-crafted wines. He especially loves the heartbreak grape, Pinot Noir and supervised the planting of 9,000 new Pinot Noir vines in early 2009 at our estate vineyard on McLean Creek Road. Chris is a graduate of Lincoln University in Canterbury, New Zealand with his Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology and he brings with him his extensive enthusiasm and skills in all areas of winemaking and production.

Assistant Winemaker

Ajay Chavan

Ajay is Australian born, New Zealand raised. After receiving a cricket scholarship out of secondary school, he completed the Oenology program at Lincoln University in Christchurch, NZ. Ajay did his first winemaking vintage in 2012 and worked later harvests in Austria, New Zealand, Australia, and the USA. Ajay set his sights on BC to discover more about this young wine region and be closer to family in the Pacific Northwest. After working at Checkmate in Oliver for more than four years, he is excited about the new challenges and opportunities awaiting him at Meyer. Off the clock you are most likely to see Ajay enjoying the Okanagan backcountry, playing tennis and snowboarding once the snow arrives.

Sales & Marketing Coordinator

Julia McKay

Julia is native to Naramata, which sparked her love of the small farming communities of the South Okanagan that have now become winemaking communities.  After completing her degree in French Literature and wining and dining her way through Western Europe a few times, she moved back to the South Okanagan in 2013. A long-time member of the MFV wine club herself, Julia couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work with some of her favourite wines in the valley with a view of Peach Cliff. When she is not at work you will find Julia walking her two dogs, wine tasting with her husband or dancing on a patio somewhere.

Sales Representative

Angela Grant

Angela was raised by a mother who could make the cheapest 1.5L of Chardonnay last sometimes up to a year, so it was much to her surprise when Angela took a wine class as part of the Hotel & Restaurant Management Program at Algonquin College in Ottawa that she did in fact actually enjoy wine! Angela has a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in History from Cape Breton University.  She has completed Wine & Spirit Education Trust level 2 & 3 and enjoys continuing to learn about wine though traveling different wine regions of the world. Angela has worked as a Beverage Director for Redwater Rustic Grille in Calgary, managing their wine cellar of 250 wines & offering the staff education on wine.

Hospitality Manager

Nick Warner

Nick grew up in Hope, BC and after high school attended Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops where he graduated with a Tourism Management Degree in 2012. While working as the Food & Beverage manager at a golf resort, he discovered a passion for wine and enthusiastically began learning. He has obtained his WSET Level 3 designation and continues to learn all he can about how wines are crafted in the Okanagan. His big life change since moving to Osoyoos is that he has gone from 150+ rounds of golf a year to 150+ bottles of wine in his cellar! Nick believes that wine and food are some of life’s simplest pleasures and that they are meant to be fun and enjoyed. Since he gets to talk to guests every day about wine and food, he would hate to have a "real job"! 

Meyer Family Hospitality Team

Taylor, Nick, Angela, Caley

These four customer service all-stars will be the faces you see when you visit Meyer Family Vineyards. Join us 7 days a week for a tasting in the wine shop, April through October.

Superstars

Ken & Heather Staicesku

Ken & Heather joined the team in 2011 after a recent move from Northern Alberta to explore their passion of landscaping and horticulture. Ken wears many hats here at MFV… viticulture assistant, cellar-hand, warehouse manager, mechanic, builder, and in 2011 he was even one of our tasting room associates! Owner and operator of “Blue Bird Yardworks”, Heather and her side-kick Jesse keep our gardens looking stunning all season.

Accounting Team

Sholeh, Janice & Janet

Our talented accounting team works hard every day to keep us all in cheques! Janet and Sholeh came to Meyer in 2015 and 2019 respectively. They both moved here from BC’s coast in search of warm weather and four seasons! Janet loves raising her daughter in the Okanagan with so much to explore outdoors. Sholeh moved with her husband and two sons from Ladysmith and started working in the accounting field shortly after moving to the Okanagan.