Introducing Team Roche

PÉNÉLOPE ROCHE+

PÉNÉLOPE ROCHE, Vigneron, Winemaker

DYLAN ROCHE+

DYLAN ROCHE, Vigneron, Winemaker

ELIANA BRAY+

ELIANA BRAY, Executive Manager

ANGIE PAUL+

ANGIE PAUL, Tasting Room Supervisor

SOEL CHRISTENSEN+

SOEL CHRISTENSEN, Vineyard Manager

OKA+

OKA, Winery Dog

PÉNÉLOPE ROCHE

PÉNÉLOPE ROCHE, Vigneron, Winemaker

 

Born with wine in her blood, Pénélope counts six generations of viticulture and winemaking at Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion, the small family estate whose elegant wines rival the Crus Classés of Bordeaux.

From oenology and viticulture studies in Bordeaux to winemaking in Spain, New Zealand and Australia, Pénélope brings to the Okanagan a profound and holistic understanding of the grapevine’s relationship with its environment, from a winemaker’s perspective.

Pénélope is also a winegrowing consultant, and teaches viticulture at Okanagan College.

PÉNÉLOPE ROCHE can be contacted at info@rterroir.ca.

 

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DYLAN ROCHE

DYLAN ROCHE, Vigneron, Winemaker

 

Dylan left North Vancouver in 2000 to work as a bicycle mechanic in Burgundy and suffered a conversion experience; a diploma in viticulture and winemaking in Beaune led to apprenticeships in the Côte d’Or, Chablis, and New Zealand. Five years in Bordeaux included teaching oenology and sensory evaluation classes at château Lynch-Bages in Pauillac, and managing a small winery in Margaux. Dylan has been farming vineyards and making wine in the Okanagan Valley since 2011.

DYLAN ROCHE can be contacted at info@rterroir.ca.

 

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ELIANA BRAY

ELIANA BRAY, Executive Manager

 

Eliana is very passionate about the wine industry: she has toured and tasted extensively through the local wine regions and loves to learn about the terroir of each micro-climate and how it is translated by each winery. An Indigenous Certified Sommelier and a previous Chef, she hopes to add a global focus perspective with her enrolment in the WSET Diploma Level 4 and is happy to be part of the Roche Wines team.

ELIANA BRAY can be contacted at eliana@rterroir.ca.

 

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ANGIE PAUL

ANGIE PAUL, Tasting Room Supervisor

 

Angie first caught the wine bug 15 years ago while visiting the Okanagan during the Summer Wine Festival. Since then she has relocated and has completed her WSET Level 3 and is currently working on her Italian Wine Scholar course through the Wine Scholar Guild. When she isn’t working or studying about wine, she is running her own Interior Design company.

ANGIE PAUL can be contacted at info@rterroir.ca.

 

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SOEL CHRISTENSEN

SOEL CHRISTENSEN, Vineyard Manager

 

Soel became interested in viticulture while living in Northern California where she studied at the Permaculture Design Institute and worked in Organic Agriculture for eight years.She became an expert at fermenting fruit into alcohol in Costa Rica where she became established as the local Kombucha Beer Brewer while living in Puerto Viejo for five years.

When she returned to Canada to pursue her interest in growing grapes and winemaking, she got her first vineyard job at Sperling Organic Vineyards. After 4 vintages as a cellar hand and caring for the vines at several different wineries, she landed here at Roche where she strives to grow the best organic grapes possible in order to make the best wines possible.

 

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OKA

OKA, Winery Dog

 

Oka is the newest member of the Roche Wines family household, she is a Berger Picard dog and loves to chew bones and the occasional vine clipping. When she’s not chewing on a leaf or playing with her ball, she is running through the vineyard checking on the vines and taking care of Roche family members.

OKA can be contacted at info@rterroir.ca.

 

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