Our Management Team
The team at ENCORE Vineyards consists of top professionals from a variety of industries. The collective knowledge of our team spans decades, and their accomplishments are noted throughout their respective business sectors. We're fortunate to have acquired such a skilled management team and Board of Directors to guide ENCORE through this growth period and into our future endeavors.
Harry McWatters • President & Chief Executive Officer
Harry is a 49 year veteran of the thriving British Columbia wine industry. In 1980 he founded Sumac Ridge Estate Winery, the first estate winery in the province; subsequently, he founded See Ya Later Ranch Estate winery in 1995. When Harry sold both operations to Vincor Canada in 2000, he remained President of Sumac Ridge and See Ya Later Ranch and was a Vice President of Vincor Canada until he “retired” in 2008 and established the Vintage Consulting Group. Since, Harry has launched TIME Estate Winery and the McWatters Collection. He co-developed the ENCORE Vineyards Ltd. business model.
Instrumental in founding VQA Canada and serving as its first chairman, Harry is also the founding chair of the BC Wine Information Society, the BC Hospitality Foundation, and numerous festivals and events
focused on the BC wine industry. Harry received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Okanagan
University College and in 2003 received the prestigious Order of British Columbia for his services to the
BC wine industry.
Christa-Lee McWatters Bond • Marketing Director
Christa-Lee has been part of the BC wine industry since birth. Growing up as the daughter of BC wine ambassador Harry McWatters included an upbringing that instilled in her a true appreciation and love of wine. She worked in the family business throughout her school years and in 1995 became a sales representative for Sumac Ridge Estate Winery and Hawthorne Mountain Vineyards. In 2000 both operations were acquired by Vincor International and Christa-Lee was named BC Sales Manager for the newly formed Sumac Ridge Estates Wine Group. Later, she was promoted to Marketing Manager for Sumac Ridge Estate Winery, See Ya Later Ranch, Nk’Mip Cellars, Osoyoos Larose, Okanagan Vineyards and the Great Estates of the Okanagan, where she was responsible for all marketing initiatives and on-site hospitality programs. Christa-Lee worked with the Vintage Consulting group in 2010 to provide management consulting services on sales and marketing aspects of the wine business.
She joined ENCORE at the start of 2015.
Lawrence Buhler • Director of Winemaking
In his role as director of winemaking for the ENCORE Vineyards wine brands, Lawrence is responsible for setting the winemaking direction of TIME Estate Winery as well as for McWatters Collection and Evolve Cellars. He brings with him more than 15 years experience in the wine industry, most recently from Ontario where he worked in wineries large and small.
Born in Kingston, Ontario, Lawrence spent much of his childhood overseas. Like many in the industry, what began as a hobby soon turned into his avocation. Lawrence graduated from the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture program at Brock University, a favourite school among grape growers and winemakers. After completing his education, a thirst for knowledge took Lawrence around the globe in search of practical winemaking experience - including Ontario, British Columbia, Chile, Argentina, and
We're thrilled Lawrence and his family have chosen us and the Okanagan Valley to call home. Lawrence
joined ENCORE just before what was the start of a very early harvest in 2015.