Jody started working in the Vineyards in 1996 during his summer breaks from school and as he graduated he went straight to work on the farms. Jody’s career began at Hawthorn Mountain Vineyards in 1997 and by 1999 he served as vineyard manager. In 2000 he moved to Osoyoos Larose and again rose quickly through the ranks – by 2002 he was the Assistant Vineyard Manager.
Osoyoos Larose was the perfect place to learn advanced vineyard practices, from the very start the Osoyoos Larose project employed vineyard practices that had been perfected in Bordeaux. The vineyards were plante, trained and pruned under the watchful eyes of Alain Sutre of Ertus consulting.
After Osoyoos Larose Jody lead teams who were planting vineyards from the ground up – clearing the land, installing irrigation, installing trellising systems, planting the vines and everything else vine related. Among the projects he managed were a 60 acre vineyard in Cawston and a 280 acre site at Covert Farms. During the planting of a 16 acre vineyard in Fruitvale, near Grand Forks he practiced Bio-Dynamic agriculture.
We are very excited have Jody leading our vineyard teams and know that he will take Le Vieux Pin to the next level.