Rebecca Ruggeri

Assistant Winemaker

Originally from Toronto, Rebecca has been around winemaking since birth, with her Italian grandfather and father making homemade wine in the family cellar. After university, more formal wine training soon followed at Niagara College’s Winery and Viticulture Program. A desire for international experience, she enjoyed several vintages in the cellars and labs of wineries across New Zealand, Australia and California. Returning to Canada, she was struck by the beauty and recreational lifestyle of the Okanagan Valley, landing initially at Checkmate Artisanal Winery for a season and then joining Hester Creek. Employed first as our Cellar Hand, Rebecca was promoted to the newly created Assistant Winemaker role in the spring of 2019. When not working in the cellar, Rebecca can be found enjoying one of the many local trails, hiking in the summer and snowshoeing in the winter.