Donald Triggs | Culmina Estate Winery

Donald Triggs | Culmina Estate Winery

The readers of Okanagan Life are celebrating our 25th year of presenting the annual Best Restaurants Awards. On the cover, Canada's Top Chef Paul Moran. Writer Shannon Linden has delved…

Purchase

20130715-201525.jpg

Retirement is not an option for Donald Triggs, a key player in the blossoming of Canada’s modern wine industry and co-owner of soon-to-be launched Culmina Family Estate Winery.

A native of rural Manitoba, representing the sixth generation on the family farm, Don left the nest to complete a degree in agriculture from the University of Manitoba and an MBA at Western. He started his career in Ontario doing sales and marketing with Colgate Palmolive. In 1972 he moved to John Labatt’s wine division where his experience ranged from fixing troubled sectors of winery operations to running large wine producers in Canada and abroad.

In the hope of staying in Canada with his family, Don joined Fisions PLC based in Vancouver, taking their troubled North American horticultural division from money loser to industry leader. With the 1989 North American Free Trade Agreement around the corner, Don risked everything. He joined forces with Alan Jackson and former Labatt colleagues who pooled their life savings to buy the brewer’s wine division.

Renamed Vincor International with Don as CEO, it grew to become the biggest wine enterprise in Canada and seventh largest in the world. When Constellation Brands US acquired Vincor in 2006, Don resigned and set out to build Culmina with wife Elaine as partner and daughter Sara as sales and marketing manager.

Don has lured Bordeaux-trained Pascal Madevon (formerly winemaker at Osoyoos Larose) to the promising scenario at Culmina.

Read more of the original stories celebrated in our 30th-anniversary issue.

Condo Caution

Condo Caution

It’s pretty shocking to buy a unit in a strata complex only to find that the building or property needs major repairs — work you didn’t know about before you made your purchase. It could be extremely expensive and you don’t even know how much of the total bill you will have to pay.

read more
Vintage Style

Vintage Style

Classic, contemporary, witty and wild, inspired by Old World traditions and New World sustainability, winery architecture is transforming the Okanagan. See the stunning display of the Valley's vintage style captured by Okanagan Life photographers Laurie Carter and...

read more
Okanagan Music Live

Okanagan Music Live

<h3>As seen in</h3><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><div data-configid="1692517/2156170" style="width:100%;" class="issuuembed"></div><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><script...

read more
Gold Medal Plates 2013: Mark Filatow

Gold Medal Plates 2013: Mark Filatow

<h3>As seen in</h3><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><a href="https://okanaganlife.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Spring-2013.pdf"><img class="size-full wp-image-3132"...

read more
Addiction

Addiction

<H3>As seen in</h3> The clean-cut young man doesn’t look up from his seat in the waiting room at Crossroads Treatment Centre in...

read more

About The Author

Michael Botner

Wine columnist for Okanagan Life Magazine, Michael Botner authors our High Spirits feature. Trained as a chartered accountant, Michael now devotes his time and energy to Accounting for Taste, a company dedicated to demystifying wine. As a wine consultant, Michael has chaired a number of international wine competitions. More posts

Top Posts & Pages