Mark Hopley is a rare breed: an Okanagan local. Mark grew up in the Okanagan and has been interested in the craft for as long as he can remember. After studying winemaking and viticulture at Okanagan College, Mark worked at Sumac Ridge Estate Winery, at Kraze Legz winery in Kaleden, then as Assistant winemaker at Road 13 in Oliver. He started at Hester Creek in January 2013, where he’s thrilled to have access to an incredible vineyard, cutting-edge equipment and a state-of-the-art cellar. Mark aims to make wines that are fruit-driven with soft tannins and integrated oak ― wines that can be laid down but also enjoyed now. He lives in Penticton with his wife Sue, twin daughters, Emma and Nicola, and a wheaten terrier named Brady. In his time off, he enjoys gardening, raising Koi, golfing, fishing, spending time with his family and of course, a great bottle of wine.