Nick Vranckx
President
Born and raised in Norfolk County, Nick was mentored in his teenage years by Norfolk County’s first winery’s winemaker George Benko and he proceeded to add onto that education by studying Enology and Viticulture at Brock University. After working in various wine regions around the world, Nick returned to his family’s farm of Blueberry Hill Estates and Norfolk County to help the emerging wine region recognition grow through making award winning wines and promoting whenever possible.
John Kelly
Vice-President
Ron Barr
Treasurer
Kim Ludwig
Secretary
Rob Gill
Director
Norfolk County native who calls the area home again, studied at Niagara College in the Viticulture and Winery Technology program and graduated in 2007, including a practicum in Washington State. A trained Sommelier (I.S.G.), Rob also has worked at wineries abroad in South Africa, Argentina and California. Rob has a diploma in Hospitality Administration and has worked in and with the food and beverage industry for 25 years. Rob is very excited to be on the Board of the Association during the critical early stages of our region.
Anita Buehner
Director

Anita and her husband Steve were both born and raised on tobacco farms in Norfolk County. As part of a farm diversification plan, they added 10 acres of wine grapes, and 12,000 lavender plants to the farm’s existing apple production. Additionally, through the Norfolk Alternative Land Use Services they planted tallgrass prairie, native wildflowers, and created a wetland. Together, these land-uses provide raw resources for Bonnieheath Estate Lavender & Winery’s products ranging from wines and ciders to lavender and tourism.

Anita is the vice-chair of the Ontario Lavender Association, and serves on the boards of the Ontario South Coast Wineries and Growers Association, the Norfolk Agricultural Advisory Board, and the Norfolk Fruit Growers Association.

Karen Matthews
Director
Lydia Tomek
Director
Shantel Bosgoed
Director
Richard Czerlau
Director
Mat Vaughan
Director
Mat Vaughan is a partner, vineyard manager and winemaker at the Hounds of Erie Winery, a virtual winery based in Norfolk County. Mat and wife Melissa moved to the County in 2012 and are in the process of building a vineyard and winery from the ground up in Clear Creek. Mat believes that great wine starts in the vineyard, and thus spends most of his time on the farm with family.

 

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