Director of Winemaking and Viticulture
While each winery has its own winemaking team, Jonathan Rodwell oversees winemaking and viticulture to ensure high-quality and consistency. The breadth and depth of his hands-on knowledge and his extensive experience working with different styles and varietals make him a powerful asset to the Devonian Coast family.
Jonathan was brought up in a family with roots in the 19th century London wine trade and has made the world of wine his lifelong pursuit. After initial studies in Food Science, he continued with further specialization in Fermentation Science/ Viticulture /Enology at the University of California at Davis. His subsequent career has taken him to grape growing regions around the world–with many years spent in France, California and Italy where he has made wine and managed wines estates. In addition he has consulted in countries as far apart as Kyrgyzstan and Chile.
The experience of working with many grape varieties, wine styles and cultural contexts makes him uniquely qualified to engage with the challenges of the growing wine industry in Nova Scotia where his knowledge of all things wine is matched in equal measure by his enthusiasm for learning and sense of discovery.
Winemaker and Sommelier
Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia-born Gina Haverstock’s lifelong ambition to become a doctor was side-lined by a summer job at Jost Vineyards. A 2000 Bachelor of Science graduate of the University of New Brunswick, Gina was studying for her medical school entrance exams when she took a job at the vineyard that sits across the road from her family’s summer cottage. Soon Gina discovered that learning about wine captivated her far more than studying for the MCATS.
Gina returned to Jost for the summer of 2001 and continued on into the fall where she worked in the cellar during harvest, starting to learn, hands on, how wine is made. She went on to take Sommelier training and then to the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree with an honours in Oenology and Viticulture.
Upon completion of her studies, Gina sought opportunities in cool climates where what she learned could be, at least partially, applied to Nova Scotia’s climate. She has worked at Georg Breuer Weingut, a winery in the Rheingau, Germany specializing in Riesling, at Weingut Emmerich Knoll in the Wachau, Austria, at Domaine de Simon Bize et Fils in Burgundy, France, as well as at New Zealand’s Hawkes Bay (Church Road Winery).
In 2006, Gina returned to Nova Scotia to become wine-maker at the newly established Gaspereau Vineyards.