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Phantom Creek Estates Announces Winemaker Francis Hutt's Departure

Posted on March 15, 2021

OLIVER, British Columbia (March 4, 2021) – Phantom Creek Estates, a premier wine destination in the Okanagan Valley, announces winemaker Francis Hutt is returning to his native New Zealand for personal reasons.  During his two years of impactful contributions, Hutt executed the 2019 vintage at the new winery facility and obtained organic certification for the winery and its vineyards in 2020.  

“As a family-owned business, we respect the importance of being close to family members, especially given the current times,” said Santiago Cilley, CEO of Phantom Creek Estates.  “We appreciate Francis’ many contributions and he will be missed by all of us here.  Due to his departure, we will begin the immediate search for his replacement.” 

This is a rare and unique opportunity to join an international winemaking team and work in the stunning South Okanagan in British Columbia.  Qualified candidates are encouraged to visit the winery’s website for more details. 

About Phantom Creek Estates

Phantom Creek Estates is a destination winery located on the famed Black Sage Bench of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, specializing in single vineyard Bordeaux reds, Alsatian whites and the Okanagan’s benchmark varieties of Viognier and Syrah from storied vineyard sites. By farming its vineyards with care and precision, Phantom Creek produces wines that celebrate and speak to where they are grown, crafted by an influential international winemaking team – Olivier Humbrecht MW, Philippe Melka and Francis Hutt. The winery’s estate vineyards are certified organic and in the process of biodynamic certification. Phantom Creek Estates is located at 4315 Black Sage Road in Oliver, British Columbia.

Region: British Columbia
Job Function: Winemaking

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