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Monday 8 August 2022

Aussie winemaker takes over Canadian business

Australian winemaker Ben Bryant, once of Jacobs Creek and St Hugo, has purchased one of Canada's best boutique wineries.

Mudgee-born Bryant and his partner Katie Truscott, have taken control of taken over 1 Mill Road in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia.

The producer was operated by Cynthia and David Enns, and focuses primarily on pinot noir.

Before moving to the Okanagan Valley in 2018, Bryant was chief winemaker in Australia for Pernod Ricard Winemakers, in charge of labels including Jacobs Creek and St Hugo.

He moved to Canada to join Mission Hill but now seeks to create a collection of wines from farm to bottle.

His partner, Katie Truscott, is originally from the Okanagan but spent a decade working in South Africa.

"It’s official!! Katie and I have taken over the reins of one of Canada's most coveted, niche, pinot-focused wineries, 1 Mill Road Winery," Bryant told his Instagram followers.

"From the moment we met, we shared a goal to contribute to this exciting wine region and produce our own wines that expressed place and time. Now it's all happening and we couldn't be more excited to carry 1 Mill Road into its next chapter.

"Our focus will be on pinot noir and chardonnay and we will be making our wines in the exciting village of Naramata, BC. Huge thanks to David and Cynthia Enns for allowing us this opportunity to carry on their brand.

“Our intention is to produce wines that share a distinct story of place and potential. We believe in the future of the Okanagan Valley, a budding and exciting wine region with nothing but potential.”

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