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Bobby has lived all of his life in West Kelowna, learning all of the different aspects of orchard and vineyard operations from his father. At 15, he was managing the family’s cherry production.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration at Okanagan College with a specialty in Management, selecting courses that would help him learn to manage a winery. He received his Wine Sales and Winery Assistant certificates. He also took various accounting and equipment-operator courses to help him in the day-to-day operations. One course project was to design a functional winery, including the building with wine shop, tanks, press and pumps, as well as to outline a plan to plant the vineyards.
After receiving his BBA, Bobby, his father, and sister Christina created the design for Volcanic Hills, selecting the site of one of their apple orchards on Boucherie Road for their building, which has one of the largest wine shops in BC.
In 2009, Bobby went to India to marry Harpreet Gidda and returned with her to BC open the winery in 2010. A year later, they traveled to the Napa Valley to tour the local wineries and further develop their wine knowledge.
Winery Consultant/Chief Fermentation Officer
Growing up in BC, Daniel’s Italian heritage fostered a natural understanding of wine, nurtured by helping his father make wine as a hobby in his early years. He graduated in the top 5 of his class at Okanagan University College and immediately put his new-found knowledge into his passion for winemaking.
For four years, Daniel worked under the guidance of North America’s most awarded winemaker, Eric Von Krosigk, and at other BC wineries such as Tinhorn Creek, Hester Creek, Pentage, Domain Combret, Fairview Cellars and Hillside Estate.
In 2005, he established Wine Country Consulting. He also ventured back to Veneto in Northern Italy to further his studies at Cantina Montelliana in the town of Montebelluna. There, he learned the Biodynamic process and its effects on wine production.
Since returning to BC, he has been the founding winemaker and consultant for several notable wineries such as Quinta Ferriera, Le Vieux Pin and its sister winery, LaStella.
Daniel joined the Volcanic Hills team in 2010 as its hands-on consulting winemaker, producing flavourful, award-winning wines from their grapes grown in the unique volcanic soils of Mount Boucherie.
In his spare time he parents his own team of 7, reads many wine books and enjoys the outdoors.
Direct to Consumer Smile Administrator
Amit Gidda, the youngest of the Gidda siblings, can be found spending most of his days in the wine shop. He most often works in customer service and marketing. He also has evolved into being the winery’s go-to guy for any shipping and inventory questions the rest of the staff may have.
Amit brings youthful enthusiasm to the winery. He’s always quick with a smile for each and every customer and will even carry your case of wine to your vehicle for you.
Amit has gone to the University of British Columbia – Okanagan in the pre-Pharmacy program, and has dabbled in Wine Sales at Okanagan College, but hopes to study business to aid his brother, Bobby, in the office.
He enjoys hiking, computer games and has a great sense of humor. His favourite day of the year is the day he can start wearing shorts again in the spring... usually around January 2nd.
Jack of Retail Trades
Being the oldest to two younger brothers has proven to be a blessing and a challenge – as a kid Christina often found herself getting dirty in the orchards fixing irrigation lines with her father and two younger brother’s Amit and Bobby. Her love of retail therapy vs. farming lead her to curate one of the largest collections of winery nick knacks in the Okanagan.
Now a wife and mother two rambunctious boys – Christina is thankful for the joys family farming life brings while she is able to flex her managing muscles at the winery.
What’s her favourite hobby one might ask? Shopping! It’s a good thing she is able to put her retail skills to work as the main buyer for the winery and gift shop.
Assistant Winemaker/Cellar Steward
John has lived all across Canada, but is proud to call the Okanagan his home. He has always enjoyed wine, with all its complexities and nuances. When John discovered Okanagan wines, decided to reinvent himself. After all, he says, “Why not make what I enjoy?”
John studied winemaking online from 2012-14 at Washington State University. He then applied his skills for four vintages at Summerhill Estate Winery before moving on to Volcanic Hills.
John is a former elite triathlete, representing Canada at four World Championships and raced for more than 10 years. He also became a Level ll Ski Instructor at Big White Ski Resort and taught from 2003-08.
Now John is just a weekend warrior who competes against himself (and friends) so that he doesn’t feel guilty enjoying the fruits of his labour. He and his family live in the Okanagan.
Marketing Manager/Tasting Note Ninja
Raised on Vancouver Island, Kathryn later moved to Calgary to pursue a degree in Design. Like many in the wine Industry, Kathryn found her career in wine through an admiration for it. “I was working in New Home Construction in Calgary and found that many of my customers were building beautiful cellar spaces in their homes. In order to have better conversations with my clients I decided to educate myself on the subject.” That education quickly turned into a passion that lead her back home to BC to pursue a career promoting the BC Wine Industry. Most days you can find her living the Okanagan dream while analyzing vino and pursuing her WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wine.
“Never take yourself or your wine too seriously.” - K
Random Facts about Kathryn:
If you were a type of wine, what kind of wine would you be and why?
Franciacorta Riserva – bubbly, complex, and great for parties. It gets better with age but is still not as well known or seemingly stuck up as Champagne.
Favourite Part of your Job?
Blending days! I love tasting and analyzing our wines
What do you want to be when you grow up?