Who We Are


Sandra OldfieldSandra Oldfield


what I do: make wine,

be sustainable, chair health & safety programs


“I have 40 or 50 opportunities to make

the best Merlot – overall, it’s really not many.”

In 1995 I experienced my first “crush” at Tinhorn Creek. That was the year I moved to Oliver from Santa Rosa, California. I packed my ‘66 Mustang and drove across the border to a new life, full of excitement and hope – including the hope that my car wouldn’t break down somewhere in Washington.

The facts: I studied winemaking and Canadian history at the University of California at Davis (affectionately known as UC Davis); I worked at Rodney Strong Vineyards in Sonoma; I’m part owner at Tinhorn Creek; I have a vintage purse addiction.

Sandra Oldfield Twitter @SandraOldfield

Andrew MoonAndrew Moon

viticulturist/ vineyard manager

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


“Pardon me Sandra, 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 Moon Twitter @Andrew_Tinhorn


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. 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.


Kenn Oldfield  


Kenn Oldfield

what I do:  special projects, loaf

“Andrew, where do we keep the welder…”

In 1993, I started Tinhorn Creek with my friend Bob. Not many people know this, but we’ve been friends since we went to university together in Ontario; so long that we’re like family.

The facts: I hold a BA Sc in chemical engineering and completed the coursework for a master’s degree in viticulture through UC Davis; a lifetime ago, I worked as a consultant in the process control industry; I have more than one old Volkswagen mid-restoration.



Louise Lalor

finance & administration manager

Louise Lalor

what I

do:  Manage two of our resources – finances and people – both close to my heart.

“Did you budget for that? Do we have people in place? I like this wine!”


I'm a bit of a free spirit, which might not seem typical for a CPA (I know). I was born in England and worked in a few countries before choosing Canada as home.  Even while raising our family in Alberta I kept an eye on BC, and eventually it just made sense to move here because the tourism and hospitality industries and so strong - plus the stunning location and wonderful warm weather. And there's the wine, of couse.

The facts: I graduated school in the UK but got my CPA designation in Canada; years ago I worked at the United Nations in Rome, Italy; our family is quite outdoorsy and always exploring new fun things; I’ll cook almost anything – except dessert.


Jan Nelson

sales & marketing director 

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

“Can I take a bottle of the unreleased 2Bench? You know, like a sneak peek.”


I lived in Japan for the most of the time since 1996. I finished university in Montreal and moved to Tokyo to build a career in the food and wine import industry.  It's where I fell in love with the woman I'd eventually marry. But I'm originally from Oliver - I grew up on a farm at Road 9, and went to high school here. So when I saw this 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 so I could drink the local wine; I worked in Japan's wine industry for more than 15 years; I speak fluent Japanese, poor French, and laughable Italian.


Mark Butschler Mark Butschler

bc sales manager

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


“I ran 10km 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 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 and I coach other triathletes to help them reach their goals.


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).


Terry Meyer Stone

dtc /wineclub manager

what I do: put tasty Tinhorn

wines into the hands of happy 

wine drinkers


“Can I have that wine for the next Crush Club shipment, pretty please?”

In 2009 I moved from the windswept Canadian prairies to the beautiful Okanagan, and joined Tinhorn Creek in 2012 to manage the wine club – or as we call it, the “Crush Club”. In working with our club members I have the best job because it’s an ideal blend of people, wine, and fun. Who wouldn’t want to do this?

The facts: I hold a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Calgary; I’ve worked as an advertising executive, TV show host, I once owned a modeling agency, and I’m a former Miss Canada (no, I won’t tell you what year); in my spare time I help my husband grow grapes and chase chickens.


Muriel Allen

hospitality manager 

what I do: pour wine, talk wine, sell wine

“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.