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
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
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
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
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
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.