Meet the Winemaker Alison Moyes
WITH EQUAL PARTS ARTISTRY AND SCIENCE, WINEMAKING IS A PERFECT FIT FOR ALISON. HER GOAL IS TO PRODUCE AUTHENTIC, EXPRESSIVE WINES OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY.
Originally from Southern Ontario, Alison moved to the east coast to attend Dalhousie University and pursue an interest in science, studying Microbiology. During this time, she had the opportunity to work at some of Halifax’s finest restaurants. After completing her degree, she began to explore her love of the food & beverage industry further, becoming a certified Sommelier responsible for the largest wine list in the Maritimes.
As her palate developed, she began to consider a career in winemaking and acquired a degree in Oenology & Viticulture from Brock University. Following several seasons working in the Niagara region, the Okanagan beckoned. Alison brings experience from two top wineries in the Okanagan, having worked under Pascal Madevon at Osoyoos Larose and as Winemaker for Stoneboat Vineyards for the past five years.
When not in the cellar or vineyards, you can find Alison enjoying food & wine with friends and spending time outdoors, exploring new hiking trails, at the beach and in the water.
IAN MACDONALD - Founder
Ian MacDonald is the hands-on manager and creative mind of Liquidity. Born in Montreal, Ian’s professional life had him work as vice-president of sportswear-maker Sunice at the 1988 Winter Olympics.
He fell in love with the Olympic games and formed his company Moving Products Inc., which has been involved in arranging non-athletic uniforms at every Olympics since then.
However his passion for wine and art drew him and his business partners to the Okanagan Valley. They wanted to create a place that showcases the natural beauty of the South Okanagan along with its world-class wines. Ian has been creating his vision of a culinary experience, designing the Liquidity brand from the ground up. His goal is to have Liquidity recognized as one of the premiere boutique wineries in Canada. When not pouring wine at the tasting room or chatting with customers on the patio, Ian can be found hunting for new art and design ideas.
RUTH HANBURY – President
Ruth, originally from Derbyshire in England, grew up being able to travel extensively across the European wine growing regions thanks to her food and wine loving family. Ruth developed this same love and finally sealed her passion for the wine industry whilst working in the vineyards of New Zealand in 2001. After receiving her MA in Management from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, Ruth went on to work as a consultant to English local authorities on the implementation of Government Policy. She spent 7 years working as Project Manager for a large-scale urban regeneration development company in the UK, working to rejuvenate some of the Country’s most deprived areas.
Ruth’s love for the wine industry finally brought her back in 2012 when she was given the opportunity to move to the Okanagan Valley to follow her dream. Since then Ruth has immersed herself into the Okanagan wine industry and has enjoyed being given the opportunity to be part of all aspects of the winery business. She still enjoys the opportunity to get involved in the vineyard and can be found helping (and enjoying the views) whenever she can. When not ‘living her dream’ Ruth enjoys continuing her travel to the world’s wine regions, particularly if there is a patio with wine and cheese.
STEPHEN JUDGE - Wine Club Manager
Stephen was born and raised in Montreal and prior to moving to the Okanagan he worked for a precious metals dealer there. In 2013, he and his partner Catherine moved to the Okanagan so that she could help her parents start their new winery in Oliver, VinAmité Cellars. Stephen also jumped into the wine industry at that time, beginning with the tasting room at Inniskillin and then working at Black Hills Estate Winery for a few years, where he gained experience with wine clubs and the Direct-to-Consumer market. He continues to help out in the wine cellar at his partner's family winery.
Stephen joined the Liquidity team in the spring of 2017 to look after the tasting room and to grow our new Liquidity Wine Club. When Stephen is not in our tasting room or out at wine club member events, he loves to play golf. Also, as a diehard Habs fan, so his social schedule is often planned around game nights.