Allan Schmidt, Treasurer & Partner of FreshTAP Ontario
is third generation in his
family in the Canadian wine industry with roots that reach back to his
, a well-respected grape and wine pioneer in British Columbia.
A family commitment to innovative viticulture plus an unwavering dedication to a growing wine industry is the background of Allan's earliest memories and remains his
driving force today.
In 1980, when Allan
was 17, the Schmidt family became co-founders of Sumac Ridge Winery
in the Okanagan Valley.
This leading move was spearheaded by his
parents Noreen and Lloyd, who have since played a significant role in shaping viticultural practices in Canada and the Eastern US.
After oenological training in California at Heitz Cellars and viticulture training in the Nahe
region of Germany, Allan
moved to Ontario in 1987 to take up the position of Winemaker and General Manager at Vineland Estates Winery.
The family connection remains strong as Allan
holds the position of President and works alongside his brother Brian, who has been Vineland Estates' Winemaker for over 22 years.
Allan holds many political positions in the wine industry including being Chair of the Wine Council of Ontario, and Director on the Canadian Vitners Association as well as the Ontario Grape and Wine Research Inc., and CCOVI at Brock University.
is also Chair of the board for Niagara College
, home of Canada's first teaching winery.
In addition to these roles Allan
has continued to carry his
family's commitment to innovative viticulture by bringing wine-on-tap to the Ontario market.
has the expertise and knowledge to grow the wine-on-tap category in Eastern Canada.