We work hard to stay small.
Meet the team behind our small, boutique winery.
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.
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.
Graham Pierce, Winemaker
Graham has an extensive knowledge of the Okanagan wine region in addition to his experience in the winery operations. This works in tandem with his comprehensive viticulture and winemaking background. Pierce is British Columbia born and bred, growing up in Horseshoe Bay.
He joined the Okanagan wine industry in 1997 when he joined Summerhill Pyramid Winery as culinary director after several successful years spent in and around the Vancouver restaurant scene. At Summerhill he discovered a passion and interest in both winemaking and viticulture.
While studying winemaking at Okanagan University College he worked as assistant winemaker at Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery before progressing to head winemaker in 2003. A unique opportunity came up in 2008 as the Winemaker at Black Hills Estate Winery in Oliver, BC. He worked there for ten extraordinarily successful years before joining Time Winery as Director of Wine. This was followed by a two-year stint directing the winemaking and viticulture at Kitsch Wines in Kelowna.
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.
Ruby Blues, Tasting Room Staff
Pictured here are some of the hardworking tasting room staff who dedicate themselves to Ruby Blues.
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