Eric von Krosigk was born in Vernon, British Columbia, into a farming family. His grandfather was an orchardist and his father, Buko, a dairy farmer and brewer who founded Okanagan Spring Brewery.
Spending his summers working on the farms, Eric developed a sense of the land. While still a teenager, he knew that he wanted to grow grapes and make wine, so he wrote to Germany seeking an apprenticeship opportunity.
In 1983, at age 21, Eric left for Germany where he worked for the next three years at a grape research station and at two well known family wineries on the Mosel. Finishing his apprenticeship as a vintner, Eric enrolled in Beverage Engineering at the University of Geisenheim and began six years on the AP Commission (the official German quality tasting panel). It was during this time in Germany that he developed a special interest in sparkling wine.
In 1991, he founded Summerhill Estate Winery in partnership with Stephen and Wendy Cipes. After successfully building the winery and producing many award winning wines, Eric left to pursue new challenges and achieve success in building and rebuilding numerous wineries and vineyards. Along the way he has helped to create many thriving wineries such as Red Rooster, Adora Estate Winery, and Victoria Estate Winery (now Church and State) before returning home to Summerhill in 2006, where he successfully transitioned the cellar to achieve certified organic status, and where he is considered one of the Cipes brothers.
With a medal total surpassing 300, Eric is recognized as one of the most-awarded winemakers in the history of the British Columbia wine industry. Eric’s singularly incredible wines, his bold vision, enthusiasm and drive, and his abiding love and talent for sparkling wine are an integral part of Summerhill.