Our People


Ryan DeWitte  - Winemaker at Rust Wine Co. Oliver


Ryan de Witte | Ryan joined the Rust team prior to the 2019 harvest, during which he assumed full control of the winemaking program. A passion for single vineyard wines, an adept palate, and a spirit of experimentation made him a perfect fit for the vision of Rust Wine Co.

Ryan has enjoyed previous acclaim with single vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnays from Niagara's Leaning Post Wines, which won two consecutive Platinum awards at the National Wine Align Awards of Canada.

He is thrilled to be able to use the knowledge and experience he has gained over the course of his career to showcase our set of vineyards through the crafting of small-lot terroir driven wines.

“I love to experiment and try new things, but my guiding principle
is that the wines need to be delicious.”


Kaitlin Friesen | Born and raised in the flatlands of Saskatchewan, her life was far from vineyards and the smell of fermenting grapes. Passionate about the hospitality industry; in college Kaitlin completed her tourism and hospitality management diploma. Bringing her eventually to the Okanagan and Rust Wine Co.

  Kaitlin spent many years in the tasting room and managing all wine club efforts. Kaitlin now assumes the role of Hospitality Manager and can't wait to greet you for a splash!

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Kane Morgan - Hospitality Manager - Rust Wine Co.

Kane Morgan | 1986-2023

Kane was Rust Wine Co.'s employee number one, having been involved in the construction of the winery from the ground up. He created one of the most remarkable and hospitable environments in the entire Canadian wine industry, leaving an indelible professional and personal legacy. 

Anyone who had the privilege of knowing him would have experienced his unbounded hospitality, sincerity, and humour. They would have understood immediately that he was not a common man. Kane was a truly exceptional person in every facet of his life, from his superb intellect and way with words, to his dedication to his family both immediate and extended, to his voracious commitment to living a truly full and remarkable life that touched everyone around him in a deep and meaningful way.

We will forever do what we can to honour our beloved friend here at Rust Wine Co.