Our family grew up appreciating the spirit and neighbourly hospitality from the people of the Okanagan Valley; we want to instill that spirit in everything we do.
– Ron mayert
TIME is an observed phenomenon that allows us to honour key moments in our shared journey through life. With 50 vintages of experience in the South Okanagan, the team knows that our unique terroir can offer the right wine to celebrate any occasion. TIME Family of Wines in Penticton is committed to creating wines that express the unique flavours of the Okanagan.
Built within a revitalized historic theatre in downtown, the TIME Family of Wines has grown as a team and as a family, to reflect the quality and attention to retail that is found in our wines and dishes.
Harry McWatters, In Memorium
Considered the grandfather of the modern BC wine industry, Harry had celebrated his 51st BC vintage in 2018. The former CEO and president of Evolve Cellars, TIME Winery, and McWatters Collection, passed away in July 2019.
His legacy is now upheld by his grown children Christa-Lee and Darrien McWatters. Harry’s rich career had taken him through the start-up and ownership of several successful BC wineries.
He was the founding chair of many landmark organizations including the BC Wine Institute, VQA Canada, the BC Wine Information Society, Okanagan Wine Festivals Society, and the BC Hospitality Foundation.
We all #raiseaglassto Harry and all he has done for the industry.
Ron & Shelley Mayert, Owners
As newcomers to the British Columbia wine industry, owners Ron and Shelley Mayert are thrilled to enter the industry and to grow the legacy that the McWatters family has created. They bring fresh eyes and are keen to build relationships with industry partners, valued winery customers, and a family of talented employees.
“The McWatters’ longstanding reputation is irreplaceable, and we will always honour the legacy that Harry, Christa-Lee, and Darrien have brought to the Canadian wine industry,” remarks Ron.
British Columbians through and through, Ron Mayert was born and raised in Summerland. Shelley Mayert grew up on a farm in the Fraser Valley, and the couple now lives in Abbotsford with their family. These BC-born roots are why the Mayerts are so passionate about the sustainability of this beautiful region.
Christa-Lee McWatters, General Manager
Daughter of BC Wine legend Harry McWatters, Christa-Lee, as a result of being born into one of the most pioneering wine families in the British Columbia wine industry, has amassed a breadth of experience that covers nearly all aspects of wine sales and marketing.
As an active voice within the Canadian wine industry, Christa-Lee has been involved in many influential organizations. She is chair of Wine Growers BC (formerly the BC Wine Institute) and is a director of the Canadian Vintner’s Association. In addition, she carries on her family legacy by embracing new business opportunities and supporting many charitable causes throughout the Okanagan and beyond.
Known for her love of bubbles and ready smile, Christa-Lee can often be found drinking a glass of something effervescent.
Darrien McWatters, Operations Manager
As production manager for TIME Winery, McWatters Collection, and Evolve Cellars, Darrien oversees packaging, warehousing, shipping, distribution, and bottling for the three labels.
Darrien’s experience in the wine industry began in 1980 with her father on the Black Sage Bench, expanding to management positions in successful wineries across Western Canada. As a side duty, she also serves as an on-call firefighter.
Lynzee Schatz, Winemaker
Lynzee joined the team in 2019 and is the winemaker for TIME Winery, McWatters Collection, and Evolve Cellars.
Schatz has a Bachelor of Wine Science from Charles Sturt University and has completed vintages at several wineries in California, Australia, and Ontario.
After gathering precious experience in other wine regions, she decided to return home to the Okanagan to pursue her winemaking career.
Becky Marte, Controller
Becky began her role as Controller in October 2020. She oversees financial reporting, budgeting, and human resources for Time Family of Wines.
Becky is a driven accounting professional with a strong passion for the local wine industry. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with an Accounting specialty. She has worked in accounting for the past decade with 5 years in the wine industry.
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