Situated on a bench overlooking Skaha Lake in picturesque Kaleden, BC, Garagistes Rob Hammersley and Michelle Shewchuk are crafting distinctive small-lot wines. In addition to their organically-farmed estate vineyard, other vineyards from which they source their grapes are responsibly and sustainably farmed by growers who care as much about quality as they do.
Inspired artisan wines, hand-crafted in the Heart of Wine Country.TM
The Day Job: I’m a winegrower, tending to our small vineyard in the picturesque town of Kaleden in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia and hand-crafting distinctive small-batch wines.
The “Old” Job: A former senior corporate finance and strategy professional in the power and utilities industry.
The Facts: Viticulture and Enology Certificates from Washington State University. WSET Level 3 certified. Cycling and hockey enthusiast. Hockey and ringette coach.
The Day Job: Flies the friendly skies as a flight attendant with an international airline.
The “Side” Job: Co-conspirator of Black Market Wine Co. Voice of reason, sounding board and fresh palate.
The Facts: WSET Level 2 certified. Mother of 3 (4, if you include Rob). I run…a lot.