None of what is happening at Phantom Creek Estates would be possible without the incredible team behind it. With our Meet the Team Series, we will be introducing the individuals who are working hard to make all of this possible.
Where were you born and raised, Ben?
I was born and raised right here in the Okanagan Valley, though a bit more Northward than Oliver. I grew up in Coldstream, a small town beside Vernon.
What do you love most about the Okanagan?
The abundance and variation of everything. Our mountains, lakes, orchards, forests, vineyards, and cities are so different from each other. It is beautiful and exciting to explore everything. I have only been away from the valley for a year at the longest and I can’t seem to stay away, it is too nice here.
How did you first hear about Phantom Creek?
I was vaguely aware of the project when Phantom Creek and Becker Vineyards were purchased, and construction started on the new winery. I mainly found out about it as I was looking for a new jump in my viticulture career.
What is your position at Phantom Creek?
Vineyard Manager of our Kobau property on the Golden Mile Bench.
What inspired you to get into this line of work?
I have always loved working outdoors and grew up working with my father in the woodlands in the Okanagan/Thompson as he worked for the forestry company, Tolko, for the last 30 years. After completing my degree in 2015, I found agriculture to be especially interesting, focused on it for my graduation project, and chose to move into viticulture as an exciting new industry to explore.
After a hard day of work, what’s your drink of choice?
Bourbon in the winter, wine in the spring and fall, and a craft beer in the summer.
Rolling Stones or Beatles?
Tough Choice, overall likely the Rolling Stones, but there are some killer Beatles classics.
What inspired your haircut?
I wanted a new look soon after moving to the South Okanagan and I owe my haircut completely to Okannogin Barbers in Penticton. It is a joint creation of the owner, Peter, and myself.
If you were trapped on a desert island and you could only bring 3 films, what would they be?
The Fifth Element, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Bad Boys 2.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
My wife and I have been together since we were in high school.
How do you define success?
I define success through finding joy in your work and being able to take care of those you love.
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