Jackson Triggs Winery
As co-founder of Jackson-Triggs, Don Triggs has been a tireless promoter of Canadian wine both at home and abroad, a role for which he has received industry-wide recognition.
Allan Jackson, the other co-founder of Jackson-Triggs, has over 30 years of outstanding service to the Canadian wine industry and heads the research and development team at Jackson-Triggs.
Growing up on a farm in rural Manitoba, Don Triggs' passion for the land and its bounty started at an early age. That passion, combined with obvious business and marketing acumen, has come full circle as he now leads Canada's fastest growing wine company, Jackson-Triggs.
Don began his career at Colgate-Palmolive in product management and quickly rose through the ranks. Subsequently, he was responsible for managing John Labatt's wine businesses in Canada and the U.S. In the 1980s, he ran the North American and then global horticultural business of Fisons PLC. However, his most important career move came in 1989, when he joined forces with his friend, Allan Jackson, to negotiate the management buyout of Labatt's Canadian wine interests.
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A scientist by training and a wine lover by nature, Allan Jackson understands the taste characteristics of different grape and wine varietals as only a scholar can. His university research, which culminated in a Ph.D., was supported by the National Science and Engineering Research Council. Like his friend Don Triggs, Allan joined John Labatt to initiate a wine research program in association with the National Research Council to improve the quality of Canadian table wines. Soon he was responsible for research and quality control for the company's Canadian and American wine divisions.
During the 1980s, Allan managed production at Ridout Wines, Labatt's Canadian wine company, and worked both in the Niagara region and the Okanagan Valley. When Labatt decided to opt out of the wine business, Allan and Don Triggs undertook a buy-out of Labatt's Canadian wine interests, which created a new company where they developed Jackson-Triggs. At Jackson-Triggs, Allan has spearheaded the development of the award-winning VQA Proprietors' Reserve series of wines.
The Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate vineyards are situated in the south Okanagan Valley, a picturesque example of some of the most rugged beauty found in British Columbia.
In 1998, Jackson-Triggs leased a 410 acre site called the Osoyoos Lake Bench from the Osoyoos Indian Band. Located along striking mountain slopes that stretch above Osoyoos Lake, the vineyards enjoy plentiful sunlight thanks to its southwesterly exposure. The vineyards, planted on moderately sloping terraces, feature predominantly sand and gravel soils. High heat during the day is balanced by the night time cooling effect of the lake, providing optimum conditions for vine growth and grape ripening. Classified as the only desert found in Canada, the area's unique climate and soils combine to create an ideal "terroir" for growing a wide selection of premium quality varietals.
One 240 acre portion of the Osoyoos Lake Bench is named the Bull Pine Estate Vineyard, and a second, covering 186 acres, is the Bear Cub Estate Vineyard. Bull Pine is planted with grapes that create Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate's award-winning reds: Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as the white varieties: Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The Bear Cub site also provides the same award-winning varietals as Bull Pine, as well as the noted Shiraz grapes for the wine that was named Best Red Wine in Canada from the Wine Access Canadian Wine awards in 2002.