Who We Are


Jan NelsonJan Nelson

senior brand manager

what I do: plan how we tell the world about our wines

“I need to grab a bottle of the unreleased The Creek. Andrew, is it bottled yet?”


In 1998 I finished university in Montreal and moved to Tokyo for a few years to build a career in the food and wine import industry. A few years turned into seventeen, eventually calling Japan, Italy and South Korea home. But I'm originally from Oliver - I grew up on a farm at Road 9 within eyesight of the winery and went to high school here. So when I saw a job posting for Tinhorn Creek it was like a sign saying come home. Some things are meant to be.

The facts: I went to business school in Italy to get my MBA in marketing and so I could drink the local wine; I worked in Japan's wine industry for more than a decade; I speak fluent Japanese, poor French, and laughable Italian.


Andrew MoonAndrew Moon

viticulturist/ vineyard manager

what I do: determine what the vines need, lead the farming team


“Pardon me Jan, but that meeting is during the hockey game…”

I moved from Australia to British Columbia in June 2009. That was an interesting harvest for BC vineyards – the one with three days of sub-zero temperatures in October when many grapes were still on the vines. But not our vines. I’d say I caught on pretty quickly.

The facts: I have a Diploma in Viticulture from Melbourne University, a Trade Certificate from Brit Bendigo, and I studied Geography at the University of Newcastle; I worked at Ormonhill Vineyards, Colbinabbin Estate, and Freeman’s Bridge; I’ve been known to make a really good stout beer.



Andrew Windsor

Andrew Windsor - Winemakerwinemaker

what I do: make amazing wine (and have an awesome time doing it)


"I might have kept some wine aside from that block. You know, just in case."


I moved to the Okanagan (the second time) early in 2014. Working at Tinhorn, I have been given the opportunity to make the country’s best wines and learn from a very experienced team. I’m originally from Ontario, and after spending the past 8 years in 4 countries it feels like I’ve finally come home.

The facts: I have a Bachelor of Science from Guelph and a Master of Science in Oenology from Adelaide; I made wine in McLaren Vale, Northern Rhone, Marlborough, Niagara, and the Okanagan/Similkameen; as a teen I saw Nirvana perform at Maple Leaf Gardens (so sweet!).


Korol Kuklo

Korel Kukla

assistant winemaker

what I do: lead the harvest, oversee fermentation, blend, barrel, bottle


“I think we need to taste this again. Or maybe a few more times.”


I started working at Tinhorn Creek in 1998, in the cellar with Sandra Oldfield. It was just after my move from the Lower Mainland and a pretty big career change. At first, I worked in the lab as the lead for quality control. The move to Stelvin twist-offs? That was partly me.

The facts: I have a Diploma in Food Service from Langara College; before winemaking, I worked as a food service technician in hospitals and healthcare institutions; there’s a good chance I have the most Boston Terriers in the Okanagan.


Kate Collins 

marketing manager

Jan Nelson

what I do:  create social media, print and PR for the winery and restaurant.

“Can I tweet that?”


In 2012 I moved to the Okanagan Valley. Best decision ever. But I'm originally from England - I moved to British Columbia with my husband in 2008 having explored and fallen in love with BC some years before. I joined the Tinhorn team in 2015 as Marketing Coordinator and in April 2018 became Manager.

The facts: I originally studied design in London, UK, and have a background in project management. As a student one summer, I took part in a 3 month horse expedition across the Pacific North West.




Muriel Allen

retail & experiences manager

Muriel Allen

what I do:  develop and execute events and guest experiences and lead the hospitality team.

“I think we might need more glasses”


I’ve worked at Tinhorn Creek since 2001. Like many other people who make BC their home, I’m originally from ‘somewhere else’; in my case, it was Saskatchewan, then Banff and Saltspring Island before finally calling the Okanagan ‘home’ in 1999. My job at Tinhorn fits perfectly with my love of wine and food.

The facts: I completed the Winery Assistant Program at Okanagan College (formerly OUC); I have a background in retail and the restaurant industry; on my days off I can be found scouring local flea markets in search of art project materials.


Goldie Strate

Goldie Strate

alberta sales manager 

what I do: get Tinhorn wines into your favourite Alberta restaurants and stores

“Tell the Andrews I need more Pinot Gris. And Merlot. Just make more wine, please. These Alberta folks are thirsty.”


I began working with Tinhorn in the summer of 2015. I’m an Alberta original, so it’s wonderful to bring delicious BC wine onto my home turf. After decades in this business I’ve learned that wine is about sharing a sense of place; I love having one foot in these two beautiful provinces and spending time with each. It’s the best.

The facts:  I’m a wine geek, holding WSET Level 3 Advanced (with merit) and International Sommeliers Guild Level 2; I studied Business Administration & Management at UBC and U of A; when I was 14 I hitchhiked across Canada one summer to sell balloons at a circus. (thanks, mom, for wiring cash when funds got low).


Mark Butschler

Mark Butschler

bc sales manager

what I do: Provide wine education and get Tinhorn wines into your favourite BC restaurants and stores


“I rode 80km before breakfast. Hey – are you going to eat those almonds?”


I started working with Tinhorn Creek in 2008, after spending over a decade representing some big name international wines. In that time I’ve realized it’s who you’re working with – and for – that makes all the difference. Meeting such amazing people is the best part of my job.

The facts: I currently am a WSET Diploma Candidate and have WSET Level 3 Advanced and Court of Master Sommeliers Level 2; before Tinhorn, I sold wine for people like Jackson Estates Wines and Pernod Ricard Canada; I am Ironman – seriously, I’m on my 5th Ironman triathlon, a mountain bike stage racer, cyclist and all round bike junky.