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Craig McDonald – Vice President, Senior Winemaker

Craig has nearly two decades of winemaking experience, having made wines in Oregon, Australia, New Zealand and Niagara.  His international exposure has afforded him the opportunity to experience 27 vintages, 16 of them in Niagara.

Craig has been awarded Ontario Winemaker of the Year twice, once in 2008 and again this year 2016! He was the founding winemaker and creator of  Wayne Gretzky Wines. Previously, Craig produced wine with Villa Maria in New Zealand, Penfolds in the Barossa Valley, De Bortoli in the Yarra Valley, as well as at Sokol Blosser Wines in Oregon.

Now leading the winemaking team for Wayne Gretzky Estates, as well as overseeing national winemaking for Andrew Peller Limited, the largest Canadian-owned wine company, Craig is instrumental in crafting the award-winning Wayne Gretzky wines consumers have come to love.