Philosophies and Practices

Meritage Viticulture Services has a great understanding of the unique needs of Okanagan grape growers. We believe that balanced vines are crucial to optimize the distinguishing flavours of the wines they create.  We strive to utilize the natural properties of the Okanagan soils and climate by using the most progressive viticulture practices, and we recognize that vineyards are an integral part of our communities.

Part of this process is providing a service that is efficient, accurate, and tailored to each individual site. To attain this, we have a professional and enthusiastic team to ensure that growers are offered the highest standard of viticulture services. We believe that knowledge and passion for viticulture help create the visceral feel for vines that is needed in order to deliver services that are site specific and performed in a timely and efficient manner. The experience, and commitment of the team is reflected in the quality of our work. One of the most important things to us is creating a family-like dynamic with those we work with. Through effective communication, we strive to achieve a trust that leads to an enriching and fulfilling experience for both our clients and our team. We believe that good relationships are the foundation of creating excellence.

Our Team

Adam Spychalski – Owner/Director
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Adam has over 25 years of experience in the Okanagan wine industry. His understanding of viticulture comes from his experience on his family’s organic farm in Europe. On the beginning of his journey in Canada in 1992, he managed development for Cedar Creek Estate Winery in Kelowna, and for Greta Ranch. Over the years, Adam and his team have developed and managed well over 300 acres of vineyards in BC, from Lake Country to Oliver and even as far as Vancouver Island. His knowledge, reputation, and understanding of Okanagan viticulture is the foundation of the exceptional service that the Meritage team delivers.

Julita Śmiałek – Certified Viticulturist/Office Manager
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After five seasons on German farms, Julita joined the Meritage team in 2012. She graduated from Horticulture University in Poland, with a Master’s degree in Business Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture. Her passion for vineyards is what encouraged her to complete her Viticulture Certification at Washington State University.

Jordan Spychalski – Manager/Irrigation Technician
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Years of developing Okanagan vineyards has given Jordan a unique perspective and understanding of Okanagan soils and vine irrigation needs. Irrigation trouble-shooting, maintenance, and scheduling is his specialty. His mechanic diploma and attention to detail insurance proper maintenance and operation of all machinery.

Erich Jaster – Certified Viticulturist
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Erich began farming vineyards in the Okanagan in 2000, and has been with Meritage since 2009. Over the past 20 years, he has gained a wealth of experience, operating farms from large to small. Erich’s specialty is progressive disease and pest management. Originally from Vancouver Island, he spent a decade as an aviculturist, breeding and training falcons and eagles.

Momme Hinz – Certified Viticulturist
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Momme moved to the Okanagan from Ireland in 2002, and has been developing and increasing his enthusiasm for Okanagan wine and grape growing ever since. He started with Meritage in 2010, and completed his Viticulture Certificate in 2016. When not busy with Meritage, he is busy at his own farm in Summerland, growing grapes and ranching on a hobby scale.

Rodney Dietrich – Machinery Operator/Transport Management
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Raised on his family’s ranch in Saskatchewan, Rod is experienced in all aspects of farming. He started his adventure in Okanagan Vineyards in 1998. Rod is experienced with all types and sizes of farm machinery and operation. Having many years of truck driving experience, holding his class 1 licence is an asset to our transport needs.