Julie and Lanny Martiniuk - Founders
Pursuing careers in Vancouver when they decided to leave the hustle and bustle of the lower mainland and move to the Okanagan Valley, where Julie was born and raised. Hoping to buy a vineyard with their savings, Julie and Lanny left Vancouver with a truck, a dog and some furniture. Because no vineyard land was for sale, they settled for a 15-acre orchard on the Black Sage and bought it on a handshake in 1979. Lanny left his career in nuclear medicine to farm it, while Julie continued practicing pharmacy.
During the formative years of the BC wine industry, Lanny served as director of the BC Grape Growers Association for a decade, chair of the Grape Marketing Board, and, as a founding director of the BC Wine Institute, was a pioneer in revitalizing the industry after free trade and the grape pullout of 1988. Lanny is also a successful grapevine propagator and has grown millions of vines for vineyards all over BC.