Ontario-born Andrew Windsor’s first taste of wine was a friend’s parents’ attempt at homemade wine, but it didn’t put him off wine all-together and he went on to take a course in wine while studying Environmental Science at the University of Guelph. In his twenties Andrew met Jamie McFarland of The Ice House Winery, who invited him to assist with his ice wine project in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Andrew experienced his first sharp taste of the winemaking world when he was called to pick grapes at 3am in minus 12C weather.
Heading to warmer shores, Andrew completed his Masters of Oenology at the University of Adelaide in Australia in 2006 and then took an Assistant Winemaking role at Mollydooker Wines in McLaren Vale, where he lived on the beach and cycled to work through vineyards filled with kangaroos.
In April 2014, Andrew Windsor joined Tinhorn Creek Vineyards as their new winemaker. Tinhorn Creek’s approach to winemaking has always been collaborative and Sandra Oldfield continues this tradition by running the winery as CEO & President while working together with her successor Andrew and the winemaking team.
Working closely with Viticulturist, Andrew Moon and Assistant Winemaker, Korol Kuklo, Andrew oversees the winemaking process from vine to bottle. He brings with him a wealth of experience having worked in wineries in the Okanagan, Marlborough in New
Zealand and the Northern Rhone in France before returning to Canada to work as VQA Winemaker for Andrew Peller Ltd. in
Andrew will be continuing Tinhorn Creek’s tradition of creating much-loved wines but his fresh approach will bring an exciting new element, while helping the winery to continue to evolve and move forward into the next 20 years of exceptional winemaking.