Our Winemakers

Our Winemakers

World-class Craftsmanship

Our winemakers are proud to lead the way in a young and vibrant wine industry where innovation and unique varieties are permitted and embraced.

Our passion for wine and our Atlantic Canadian roots are the heart of our commitment to excellence and innovation. Each of our award-winning wineries: Gaspereau Vineyards, Mercator Vineyards and Jost Vineyards—Nova Scotia’s largest winery—finds distinction through the expertise of our winemakers who celebrate our unique coastal terroir and embrace the wide range and nuances of our local resources

Meet our winemaker

Jonathan Rodwell

While each of our wineries has its own winemaking team, Jonathan Rodwell, Director of Winemaking and Viticulture, oversees winemaking and viticulture of all our wineries to ensure high-quality and consistency. 

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 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 winery estates. In addition he has consulted in countries as diverse as Ukraine and Chile.

The experience of working with many grape varieties, wine styles and cultural contexts makes him uniquely qualified to take the wine industry in Nova Scotia to a new level. Jonathan’s knowledge of all things wine and vine is matched in equal measure by his enthusiasm for learning and sense of discovery.

Meet our winemaker

Gina Haverstock

Nova Scotia-born Gina Haverstock’s lifelong ambition to become a doctor was side-lined by a summer job at Jost Vineyards. 

A Bachelor of Science graduate of the University of New Brunswick, in 2000 Gina took a job at our vineyard and soon discovered that learning about wine captivated her.

Gina returned to Jost in 2001 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 at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario, receiving a Bachelor of Science with honours in Oenology and Viticulture.

Upon completion of her studies, Gina worked at wineries in Germany, Austria, France, and New Zealand. She returned to Nova Scotia in 2006 to become the winemaker at, what was then, the newly established Gaspereau Vineyards. 

Her wines, especially Riesling and aromatic whites, have received international awards and accolades.