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Charlie Baessler- Partner, Viticulturalist, Winemaker, General Manager
Charlie has deep family roots in sustainable farming in Switzerland. Generations of progressive agricultre left an imprint on his DNA which led to his pursuit of a degree in environmental science, now applied to viticulture and winemaking. While science and precision are at the foundation of Charlie's craft, it takes more to create something really special. Charlie's experience and hands-on approach gives him deeper perspectives of terroir which are revealed in site-selection, an appreciation of the unique characteristics of each vineyard and the ability to coax the best from each varietal to create wines that reflect that specific terroir. The magic is in carefully balancing terroir-driven viticulture practices, environmental sustainability and progressive winemaking techniques.
Jesce Baessler- Partner, Sales & Marketing, Wine Club & Wine Shop Manager
Jesce has roots in Canada's far north- roots that foster independent thinking, an equally strong love of land, and a desire to share the bounty and beauty of their hard work. Jesce comes from an aviation background, where she was put to work for the family business in her youth, learning customer service and logistics management as a third generation northerner. Jesce's enthusiasm and commitment to create a remarkable experience in the tasting room and in your glass is infectious.
Gord & Diane Peters- Partners, Sales & Hype Team
Gord and Diane, long term personal friends of the Baessler family, became partners with Charlie and Jesce in 2014. Sharing a passion for wine, agriculture and community, they bring a world of business experience and entrepreneurial spirit to the team. Gord and Diane are more well known in the railroad industry for spearheading Cando Rail, a highly successful and skilled company that specializes in rail safety across the country. They can be found at the winery at any given time, assisting with planting, harvesting, or tasting!
Lisa Zbinden- Head of Hospitality & Wine Experience
Lisa, also originally from Switzerland, has been with Corcelettes since 2015 and is extremely hands on in all aspects of our farm. With a diverse background in hosting as well as mixed agriculture, Lisa brings a unique skill set to our team and offers a professional and informative tasting experience- all of the wines she pours she has helped to grow, harvest, crush, ferment, press, and bottle. She is our right hand, and she knows her stuff!
Brett joined us in 2019 as a key player in our cellar and vitculture program. He brings forth several years of experience in the wine industry. If you happen to visit us on the right day of the week, you may get the chance to be guided through our wine portfolio by Brett himself, who offers a wealth of hands on knowledge of our wines.
Jennifer Roe- Wine Experience Hostess
Jennifer joined our team early in 2019, however she also joined Jesce and Charlie in matrimony in 2015, as she is also the local marriage commissioner! Jennifer comes from a background of geo technology, and has a passion for the more technical, or rather, more "geeky" side of everything wine- from terroir to the winemaking process, to the art of selling the finished product. Her cheery personality brightens your wine experience that much more!
Vineyard Operations aka "The Dream Team"
Meet Martin, his son Joel, Balthazar and Josue. These fine gentlemen are from Mexico spend 8 months a year here at Corcelettes, working with us to meticulously manage our vines and vineyard health. These guys make it happen and we are grateful to have such a skilled team in the vineyard. Be sure to wave at them when you visit us!