Bill Pierson

Winemaker

Bill was lucky enough to have grown up in a family that enjoyed sharing great wine from all over the world. Bill was born and raised in Montreal, and after studying engineering, job opportunities took him across Canada – from Northern Ontario, through Saskatchewan and Alberta, before ending up in BC in 1988. He spent 14 years living on Bowen Island, working in the construction industry before recognizing that he needed a change of direction.

His love for wine took him to Okanagan University College (OUC) in Penticton, where he took the Wine Studies program. His first winery role was on the harvest team at Tinhorn Creek in 2001, followed by a harvest at Red Rooster, and then taking the role as a full-time cellar hand at Township Seven. After completing studies in Viticulture at OUC in 2005, he worked for a season at Laughing Stock as an assistant winemaker before leaving to assist Tom Di Bello at CedarCreek from 2006-2010.

Next, Bill was the consulting winemaker for the first vintage of wines from Fort Berens in Lillooet in 2011, before joining the SpierHead team as winemaker in August 2012.

As a lover of BC wine, Bill appreciates the pure fruit expressions of Okanagan grapes, and works to showcase the tree-fruit characteristics that are exhibited, in Spierhead's varietals; full of great natural acidity and full fruit flavours. He believes that Okanagan reds truly reflect exciting terroir-driven wines made in cool climates.

 

Dan French

Sales & Marketing

Dan French was born and raised in Vancouver and has had a lifelong passion for sales and working with people. Dan has been with SpierHead since 2011. He is responsible for sales in the tasting room, as well as sales to restaurants, hotels, and private liquor stores across BC, excluding the Lower Mainland, Whistler, and Vancouver Island. His background makes him the perfect choice to be the sales and marketing ambassador for SpierHead. His love for sales and consumer interaction began in Burnaby with the respected Woodward’s department store chain, and continued until he moved to Kelowna in 1997. An avid outdoor enthusiast, who counts mountain biking, water sports, and crosscountry & downhill skiing as some of his favourite activities, Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley was the perfect fit. Upon arrival, he assisted for a harvest at wineries including Summerhill, St. Hubertus, and Gray Monk. Dan then started a successful company that sold specialized medical equipment, and operated it until it was bought out by a larger organization.

His love for fine wine has taken him to the great wine regions of the world, including Tuscany and Piedmont in Italy, Margaret River and the Barossa Valley in Australia, Marlborough in New Zealand, Provence and the Rhone Valley in France, and Napa and Sonoma in California, among many others.

He values the fact that Spierhead's wines are hand-harvested, by a small, dedicated team. While his personal tastes gravitate towards nuanced and well-balanced reds, he also believes that there is the right wine, for the right person, and for the right occasion. As he continues to grow and refine the tasting room experience, he is proud to be working alongside the other Fab Five wineries in the region.


Lisa Janzen

Vineyard/Winery Assistant

Lisa completed the Viticulture Certificate Program at the Penticton Okanagan College in 2013.  In February 2013, she spent a week at SpierHead on a practicum and we thought so highly of Lisa's abilities and work ethic that we asked her to stay on to help out with the vineyard and crush. Lisa is involved with all aspects of our viticulture and she plays an important role in the winery assisting Bill Pierson, especially during the hectic harvest season.