Jen Oishi was born and raised in the Okanagan, immersed in the Okanagan way of life. Growing up surrounded by orchards and vineyards peaked her interested in the wine industry. After completing her degree in Microbiology from the University of British Columbia, Jen joined the Gray Monk team as a laboratory technician in 2011. It was here that she was able to pair her love of science with the artistic side of winemaking.
Jen worked closely with long time winemaker, Roger Wong. Under his mentorship she learned many aspects of winemaking from the vineyard to the glass, helping her transition from laboratory technician to assistant winemaker in 2015 and now to winemaker in 2020.
Over the years, Jen has developed strong relationships with the Gray Monk Vineyard team and the long-established Gray Monk growers. She is excited to continue working with these vineyards and growers to carry on Gray Monk’s legacy.
Jen believes that each glass of wine tells a story about the place it came from - influenced by the vineyard, the winery, and the history. She hopes to share a bit of Gray Monk’s story with you.