With the 2015 harvest, Darryl Brooker assumed the role of Chief Winemaker at Mission Hill Family Estate. Both Darryl Brooker and Proprietor, Anthony von Mandl share the same winemaking philosophy and commitment to excellence and continuous improvement that is key to success for the Okanagan to reach new levels of international acclaim.
Darryl came to Mission Hill Family Estate after joining CedarCreek Estate Winery in 2010 where he worked tirelessly to take the winery to the next level over five years. Prior to that, Darryl was the Senior Winemaker - Ontario at Hillebrand and Thirty Bench Wineries. With over 18 years of experience making premium wines in Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, Darryl's prior experience also includes winemaking at Flat Rock Cellars in Ontario, Villa Maria Estate in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, and Mountadam Vineyards in Barossa Valley, Australia. Darryl is a graduate of Charles Sturt University in Australia (Bachelor of Applied Science - Wine Science) and also has a graduate diploma from Adelaide University in Wine Business.
After studying and making wine in Australia, his passion led him to New Zealand and more recently to Canada in 2003. He has a clear vision and passion for cool-climate wines, making him the perfect fit for the Okanagan Valley and its distinctive climate. As Chief Winemaker at Mission Hill Family Estate, Darryl is able to focus his efforts on making fine wines that reflect the terroir of unique estate vineyard sites located in the northern and southern portions of the Okanagan Valley. Microclimates within the valley provide challenging opportunities to achieve single vineyard wines that truly represent their terroir, intensified by Darryl Brooker's passion.