As time went on, our team of passionate individuals grew.
Carolyn Hurst is a seasoned executive who has an outstanding record of business success. She has been the President of three companies (Why Interactive Inc, ITC corp., and Effingham Technology Management Inc.) which have all exceeded their business objectives. Moreover, Carolyn has 15 years experience as an executive in the Information Technology Industry with SHL Systemhouse, MCI International and Jetform Inc.
She also has significant experience in the Toronto Restaurant/Hospitality industry earlier on in her career. She is a graduate of University of Western Ontario.
Director of Operations
Grant Westcott is also a mature senior executive with an outstanding management career in the Public Service 30 years – Associate Deputy Minister – 3 years), Banking (10 Years – /Executive Vice President) and the consulting industries (2 Years). He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a MSc in Management in 1983.
Arthur Harder was born in Grimsby, and raised in Vineland Station in the heart of the Niagara viticultural region. For Harder, wine has been a passion from an early age. In 1978 while on a backpack trip in Europe he made it a point to visit the Champagne region in France. Harder chose a professional road soon after, with a degree in chemistry from Ryerson University (Toronto, ON), and in Oenology and Viticulture at the famed Geisenheim University (Geisenheim, Germany).
In the 20 plus years since, Harder has worked to produce excellent grapes and great wines in both Canada and Germany. He has worked with Barnes Wines (St. Catharines), Inniskillin Wines (Niagara-on-the-Lake), and Hillebrand Estates Winery (Virgil) in Canada, and the Institute for Grape Breeding and Grafting (Geisenheim), Asbach-Kretschmar (Rüdesheim), and the Klostermuehle Winery (Odernheim/Nahe) in Germany.
Now focusing on his roots in Vineland he continues to craft fine wines, which express the quality grapes grown in the Westcott vineyards. The wines while approachable in their youth also have the ability to age gracefully for many years.
Vineyard Manager / Assistant Winemaker
Garett grew up sitting on his dad’s lap on the tractor on the family farm and is now driving his own tractors as the Vineyard Manager & Assistant Winemaker. He is also a musician (songwriter/guitarist) and has a passion for listening to podcasts and reading science & history books in his free time. His favourite wine is the Estate Pinot Noir 2013. He also asked that we put in #WeTheNorth
Events & Social Coordinator
Victoria is a film producer, social media manager, event planner & former teacher turned recruiter. She has travelled the world extensively and can often be found sharing stories around the harvest tables in the winery. Her favourite wine is Brilliant Sparkling 2013. She also asked that we put in #DallasCowboysForever
USA & Eastern Ontario Sales Rep / Retail Manager
After obtaining an MBA and crunching numbers for a living, Jessica switched gears and decided to get more from life by learning more about that which she loves most – fabulous wine. She recently completed her WSET Level 3 and is excited to expand upon her wine knowledge in her explorations of Niagara’s wine country. Her favourite wine is Westcott Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay 2013, which is hiding in her wine cellar to enjoy.
official guest greeter
The hardest working Westcott around, Emma, takes immense pride in her job as official Westcott guest greeter. Greeting you at your car and escorting you to the front door, this proud pup makes moment one at Westcott a friendly one. She’s asked us to add that she #WillWorkForTreats
Official Guest greeter Assistant
The second half of the puppy-greeting tandem, Nellie is as energetic as she is affectionate. She’ll greet you with kisses and cuddles and loves her nickname as the #BundleOfLove