Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Thursday, April 30 2020

Maverick Has Some New Sheriffs

By: Anthony Gismondi
Bertus and Elzaan Albertyn sell Maverick, but will remain in the region.

OLIVER, British Columbia – April 29, 2020 – Partners Jan Nelson and winemaker Andrew Windsor are thrilled to announce their purchase of award-winning Maverick Estate Winery from owners Bertus and Elzaan Albertyn.

Celebrating their first vintage in 2011, Maverick Estate Winery is a boutique ultra-premium winery located south of Oliver, BC. Family-owned and operated, Maverick chooses a patient approach using minimal intervention, allowing nature to do its work to express the beautiful flavours driven by the winery’s four distinct vineyard sites in the south Okanagan.“

I grew up on an orchard in Oliver and left the valley for school in the early 1990s, just as the Okanagan wine industry was seeking to reestablish itself after pull out in the late 1980s. After over 20 years abroad, I returned to the area to raise my family and join the vibrant, premium wine-producing industry that has flourished around us,” said Jan Nelson, Maverick Estate Winery’s new co-owner. “I met winemaker Andrew (Windsor) at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, and we are excited to bring our passion and experience to build upon the amazing wines and winery experience that Bertus and his team have created.”

“We would like to thank everybody for their enthusiasm and support for Maverick over the past almost decade. Without them, Maverick would not be possible. We believe that Jan and Andrew will continue to build on our success,” says Bertus Albertyn, Maverick’s founder. Bertus and his family plan to stay in the Oliver area and will remain engaged in the wine industry.

“I have long since admired Maverick and respect the amazing brand Bertus and his team created. I am looking forward to building upon the winery’s success and continuing to craft ultra-premium wines that Maverick’s fans and customers have come to love,” said Andrew Windsor, winemaker and co-owner. “Maverick Estate Winery will continue to make delicious wines with attention to sustainability and run our business with our employees, our customers and our community as a top priority.

Andrew and Jan believe Maverick is a perfect fit for their philosophy and approach to winemaking. Both owners are looking forward to returning to a smaller, owner-operated, boutique environment. About Maverick Estate Winery:

Celebrating its first vintage in 2011, family-owned and operated Maverick Estate Winery is located south of Oliver B.C., in the famed southern Okanagan wine-growing district. Maverick sustainably grows grapes on four distinct vineyards in the south Okanagan and uses low intervention, natural techniques to produce a portfolio of delicious Okanagan wines. Maverick Estate Winery offers a warm and welcoming visitor experience, along with wines that rank among the best in the world.

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Anthony Gismondi
Anthony Gismondi

Anthony Gismondi is a Canadian wine journalist and one of North America's most influential voices in wine. For over 30 years, he has been the wine columnist for The Vancouver Sun. The twice-weekly column is distributed across Canada through Postmedia Network to millions of readers. In addition, Anthony co-hosts the BC Food & Wine Radio Show, broadcast in 18 markets across B.C. and available as a podcast on Spotify, Apple and iHeart Radio and more. He launched Gismondionwine.com in 1997, attracting one million users a month from 114 countries. It continues to be a valuable resource of full tasting notes and intelligent wine stories and videos for the trade and consumers.