Our Team

We work hard to stay small.

Meet the team behind our small, boutique winery.

Prudence Mahrer+

Prudence Mahrer, Owner/Operator

Beat Mahrer+

Beat Mahrer, Vineyard Manager

Blair Gillingham+

Blair Gillingham, Winemaker

Nova and BIG Blue+

Nova and BIG Blue, Winery Pups

Ruby Blues+

Ruby Blues, Crew

Prudence Mahrer

Prudence Mahrer, Owner/Operator

In 2007 we built  Ruby Blues Winery, after selling Red Rooster Winery. I enjoy running a small boutique-style winery, with the goal to produce and sell locally. We work hard to not become big.

I enjoy working in the vineyards. In early summer you will see me selecting and tucking shoots. And in all these 25 years I have never missed one harvest day! So wave to the vineyard workers when you drive in to our place, it might be me.

You also can meet me at the farmer’s market selling wine out of our 1968 VW bus, or especially on Saturdays at the winery – I love to entertain customers alongside our fantastic wine shop crew.

 

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Beat Mahrer

Beat Mahrer, Vineyard Manager

Along with Prudence, Beat is the co-owner of Ruby Blues Winery. He is our Vineyard Manager but in reality, he is the Ruby Blues MacGyver. Otherwise known as the winery Swiss Army Knife. He takes care of what needs to be done, he is our fixer.

 

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Blair Gillingham

Blair Gillingham, Winemaker

Blair grew up in Victoria, BC, but spent many summers in the Thompson region. In 2001 he decided to make Penticton home when his sister invited him to work a harvest in Summerland. After this, he knew being a winemaker and traveling the world was in his future.

Since then, Blair’s experience has covered the Okanagan Valley, Australia, New Zealand, and two years in Kamptal, Austria. His biggest challenges were to work 3 harvests in one calendar year in two different continents, and learning different languages in Europe for work and enjoyment. Now he’s happy to continue learning and working close to home at Ruby Blues Winery.

 

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Nova and BIG Blue

Nova and BIG Blue, Winery Pups

Nova and BIG Blue are a VERY important part of the Ruby Blues team. They keep us laughing and happy while fully embracing our life of peace and love.

 

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Ruby Blues

Ruby Blues, Crew

Pictured here are some of the hardworking crew who dedicate themselves to Ruby Blues.

 

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