WE HAD A DREAM

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

J.C.Pennie, founded Windrush Corporation in 1984, which is the Winery General Partner with a background of international business start-ups from: restaurants, advertising, computer imaging, and wind energy which achieved sales of from $10.0 to $400.0 million, three of which became public companies.

Marilyn Field, MSM, has 25 years international executive experience as Founder of DAREarts, 2020 World and LEAD.  Awarded Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal in 2001 and inducted into the Caledon Walk of Fame in 2013, she acts as Corporate Secretary of Windrush and Zast-Foods and is the Chateau Windrush land owner.

Legendary Ontario winemaker, Jim Warren, co-founder of Stoney Ridge and Lenko Wineries, plans for a quality vineyard to create blends for a VQA designation.  After selling his winery, established the Niagara College winery and viticulture program and served for six years as Professor & Chief Winemaker. 

Jonathan Boyle, Chief Winemaker raised in Niagara, Jon has broad wine and viticulture experience at various wineries, most recently the Tarara Winery in Virginia and Cloudsley Cellars in Niagara. With a degree in winemaking from Niagara College, he won the Silver medal for a Riesling in the 2013 Ontario Wine Awards.

Ryan R. Pennie, President & CEO of the Zast-Foods Companies and is a marketing expert in food service which provides the gateway to establish Windrush Estate Wines within the restaurant trade in the GTA. Before developing Zast-Foods, Ryan was an executive with Unilever for 15 years.  www.zastfoods.com

 

Jayne Hughes, Executive Vice-President & COO of Zast-Foods, was a senior executive with Unilever in both the UK and Canada before becoming a partner.  Together they represent 50 years of food marketing expertise and will direct Zast-Foods positioning of Windrush Estate Wines in restaurants and the LCBO.    www.zastfoods.com