Sandhill

Howard Soon, Our Winemaker

Over 30 years of winemaking excellence

Born and raised in Vancouver, Howard Soon is one of the true pioneers in the BC wine industry. In 1997, he became head winemaker at Sandhill. Since then, his collaborative relationships with our growers and non-interventionist approach have consistently led to award-winning single vineyard wines.

The first winemaker in BC to release a series of single vineyard wines, Howard’s contribution to our wine industry was recognized in 1998 when he received the Founder’s Award from the Okanagan Wine Festival.

Howard was also the first BC winemaker to receive a Gold Medal at the Chardonnay du Monde in France and produce a Super Tuscan blend — Sandhill Small Lots three. 
 
Recently, Howard became the first winemaker in history to receive all 3 top honours at the 2009 Wine Access Canadian Wine Awards when Sandhill won for Best Red Wine of the Year, Best White Wine of the Year and Winery of the Year.