Wayne Gretzky Estates Senior Winemaker
Ontario Wines

Craig McDonald

Our Winemaker

Wayne Gretzky Estates, Ontario

A good coach knows how to stack a team, and Craig McDonald’s unfaltering commitment to excellence rivals that of the man for whom he now crafts wine.

As the founding winemaker and creator of Wayne Gretzky Wines, Craig has played a pivotal role in creating the family of wines that Canadians have come to love. His attention to detail from vineyard to cellar has earned him Ontario Winemaker of the Year awards in both 2008 and 2016.

Whether he’s in the vineyards to check if the grapes are ready for harvest, or tweaking blends in the cellar, creating wines that Wayne Gretzky will be proud to call his own is always top of mind for Craig.

Wayne Gretzky Estates Winemaker
British Columbia

Sandy Leier

Our Winemaker

Wayne Gretzky Estates, British Columbia

Raised in Kelowna, Sandy Leier understands the complexities of making wine in the sunny Okanagan in a way that only someone who has lived there her entire life can. Sandy honed her winemaking skills working on a variety of wines in the Andrew Peller portfolio before becoming Winemaker at Colona Vineyards. She joined the Wayne Gretzky team in 2015 and takes great pride in guiding The Great One’s Okanagan wines from vineyard to bottle.

While they may live on different sides of the country, Craig and Sandy work closely to ensure consistency and quality across the entire Wayne Gretzky portfolio of wines. The unique terroirs of Niagara and the Okanagan each offer their own opportunities and challenges that always make for interesting conversations between these two passionate Winemakers.

As Senior Winemaker for Wayne Gretzky Estates and Vice President of Winemaking for Andrew Peller, it’s not uncommon for Craig to hop on a plane to see firsthand what’s happening in the Okanagan and develop a strategy for the vintage with Sandy.