Our Story

In 2017, J.C. Pennie and Marilyn Field, MSM, established Windrush Estate Winery in the emerging wine region of Hockley Hills, an hour northwest of Toronto.

J.C. and Marilyn’s vision for their winery came from their lifetime experiences as international visionaries. With time, they realized that life’s finest moments are borne of beauty, integrity, kindness and excellence. Windrush Estate Winery is built on their passion for sharing these experiences with you.

Inspired by world travel, the winery is named after the beautiful Windrush River valley in the Cotswolds. With its 68 acres of amazing views, unique chateau and state-of-the-art winery, Canada’s Windrush incorporates natural beauty, fine arts and great VQA wines to provide a unique winery experience. The VQA wines are created with a focus on quality by Chief Winemaker Jonathan Boyle, and legendary Vintner Jim Warren.

We warmly invite you to join us and experience for yourself all that Windrush Estate Winery has to offer.


Our Values

We believe that everyone has the right to live happily, with pride and purpose to be their best selves, free of fear and oppression: to be truly respected and heard, no matter their race, culture or identity.

We commit to actions that come from listening to the unheard: that foster kindness and inclusion for all people. Continuing our past 25 years’ work of empowering at-risk children, we will donate 10% of our profits to provide opportunities for marginalized youth to realize their dreams and build the future.

Together, we can be the wind of change.

Our Team Leaders

J.C. Pennie, General Partner and Co-Founder of Windrush Estate Winery founded Windrush Corporation (the Winery General Partner) in 1984. With a background of international business start-ups, including restaurants, advertising, computer imaging in Hollywood, oil and gas extraction, and wind energy, his companies achieved sales from $10 to $400 million and three became public companies.

Marilyn Field, MSM, General Partner and Co-Founder of Windrush has 30 years international executive experience as Founder of arts education charities, including DAREarts, LEAD and youthLEADarts, and conducting at the 100th anniversary concert of the Nobel Peace Prize. Awarded Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal and the Queen’s Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals, she is an inductee of the Caledon Walk of Fame. She acts as Windrush Corporate Secretary and is the Chateau Windrush land owner.

Jim Warren, legendary Ontario winemaker and Executive Advisor of Windrush Estate Winery. Co-founder of Stoney Ridge and Lenko Wineries, Jim established the acclaimed Niagara College’s winery and viticulture program and served for six years as Professor & Chief Winemaker. Jim advises Windrush on the creation of the vineyard and wines that has resulted in all five vintages receiving the VQA designation and international awards.

Jonathan Boyle, Chief Winemaker of Windrush Estate Winery. Raised in Niagara, Jon has broad national and international wine and viticulture experience, most recently at the Tarara Winery in Virginia and Cloudsley Cellars in Niagara. With a degree in winemaking from Niagara College where he was a student of Jim Warren, he has worked to create all five of our Windrush vintages winning the VQA appellation and international medals, from Bronze to Silver to Gold!

Kelly Robinson, Social Media. Kelly Robinson has over 13 years experience as a Graphics Designer. What once started as a passionate hobby in high school became a full fledged career after she completed an accelerated Graphic Design Diploma at Seneca College in early 2012, graduating with honours. Since then, she’s been working in the field and has delved into many facets of design and social media, including print, website, retail and display design, as well as social media creation and management.

Dion Rodrigues, Website Manager. Dion is a web and digital graphics designer and developer who has been serving the Greater Toronto Area and online community around the world since 2008. With a rare combination of backend development skills, marketing expertise, and a keen artistic sense, he is able to blend front-and-backend development together with proven marketing strategies, allowing him to craft comprehensive solutions for any clients’ needs.

Windrush Concert Hall

The Concert Hall at Windrush Estate

Make a Donation

100% of your donation goes to help underprivileged children LEAD.