UBC alumnus Howard Soon is the longest serving winemaker in Canada, creating 37 consecutive vintages and winning countless awards for his winemaking. As the head winemaker at Sandhill from 1997 to 2017, his collaborative relationships with growers and non-interventionist approach have consistently led to award-winning, single vineyard wines. A pioneer in the British Columbia Wine Industry, Howard was the first winemaker in B.C. to receive a Gold Medal at the Chardonnay du Monde in France, release a series of single vineyard designated wines, produce a Super Tuscan blend, and receive Red Wine of the Year, White Wine of the Year, and Winery of the Year Canadian Wine Awards. Howard is now the master winemaker at the Similkameen Valley-based Vanessa Vineyards.
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