It Takes A Village
We believe that extraordinary wines are a product of the passion of those who make them. But even more, it takes dedication, authenticity and some sweat and tears. We have the ultimate team of professionals who believe in the product, deliver it like rockstars and create an experience unlike no other.
DECOA HARDER Proprietor and Wine Club Manager
As a child growing up in Alberta, Decoa’s family often vacationed in the beautiful Okanagan. In 1992, Decoa relocated to the Okanagan permanently where she accepted a position with Big White Ski Resort as a coach and ski instructor. In 1996, Decoa graduated as a Business Marketing Major from the Okanagan University College. Since that time, she has held successful sales and marketing positions at Vincor International, Quails’ Gate Estate Winery, Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery, Hainle Vineyards and Pacific Wine and Spirits International.
Decoa works with her talented team to manage the daily winery operations and keep up with Jeff’s marketing and sales initiatives.
JEFF HARDER Proprietor
Raconteur with a vision, Jeff’s career in the wine and spirits business spans over 15 years where he founded and developed Rock Creek Draft Cider with Big Rock Brewery, and branded wine with rock royalty, The Rolling Stones. He has also worked within the entertainment industry in other celebrity branding opportunities. With a focus on everything, this explorer will continue to steer this world class brand as he likes to control the sails and the wind.
Jeff’s Moto: “I make things happen from out of nothing and sometimes it’s Chaos”.
NANCY DUNSMORE Events and Marketing
This native Winnipegger is as Fancy as the come. Transferred to the Okanagan with her husband and two children in 2006, Nancy put her career on pause focusing on raising Calli (15) and Matty (13) and enjoying all things Okanagan. Graduating with a Creative Communications diploma majoring in Public Relations from Red River College in the 90s, Nancy has worked in the marketing and communications field in both profit and non-profit sectors. Nancy takes care of our event planning at the winery, marketing and advertising projects, social media. Nancy joined our team in 2014.
MARISSA NEUNER Wine Maker
After a co-op student placement (Bachelor of Science) at the Pacific Agrifood Research Center in Summerland, BC where she studied vineyard health across the Okanagan Valley, Marissa began her Master’s Degree (Science) studying microbial interactions, chemical production and sensory attributes. Just over a year ago, Marissa joined our team with her philosophy of low-intervention winemaking blending old world techniques and the simplicity of traditional winemaking with a modern twist. She is one smart cookie making the finest wine in all the land.
ANWAR SARDER Vineyard Manager
Anwar started working with Jeff in 2000, in fiberglass in Malaysia. He joined the team at Ex Nihilo in 2007, first part time working in the vineyard as a weekend warrior, then full time since 2015. As Vineyard Manager, Anwar takes care of the vineyards, helps in the cellar, production and overall maintenance. He is Jeff’s ‘Brother from another Mother'.
ERIC STEELE Executive Chef
Eric started his passion for food excellence 25 years ago in a small upscale French bistro, learning the basics of French cuisine. His industry influences include Marco Pierre White, and Anton Mossiman.
Eric attended George Brown College and succeeded in the Professional Chef Program and the specialty of Italian cuisine.
Eric has travelled the world expanding his skills and talents working in Michelin Star Restaurants in Italy, Big Branded Hotels in Canada, and West Indies.
As a Professional chef, Eric brought his artistry to clients as President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Jean Chretien, team Canada, and the Calgary Flames.
Eric’s approach to his cuisine is “keep it simple.” He chooses the best quality and the freshest local natural ingredients while using a unique method to produce clean flavors that compliment the food experience for his guests.
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