Winemaker Tom DiBello is one of Canada’s most celebrated winemakers and a true pioneer within the Okanagan Valley’s acclaimed wine region. The hallmark of his career was twice winning Canada’s “Winery of The Year” award at CedarCreek Estate Winery. The list of wine-awards garnered during Tom’s long tenure at CedarCreek is extensive but of all of these, he most fondly remembers the honour of meeting and being awarded Lieutenant Governor’s Award of Excellence.
Tom’s modesty precedes him. Instead he chooses to let the wines tell his story and speak to his winemaking skill which is a blend of art, passion and expertise. And failing this, his lovely and devoted wife Tari is always very proud to tout his fame.
As a master of wine-making and after many years of establishing the wine brand of one of Canada’s foremost wineries, Tom now enjoys doing what he does best – handcrafting the very best “DiBello style” small lot wines with finesse and elegance.
Tom came on board after a stint with Burrowing Owl and is now responsible for all wines made at Saxon Winery from the 2015 vintage onwards.
General Manager & Business Owner
Jayne married Paul in 1982 and commenced an illustrious home making career with three wonderful children, Richard, Emily and Oliver. Jayne early wine career in England saw her selling the most Piper Heidseick Champagne in her first year and being jetted off to Rheims to visit Piper HQ by way of a reward. She was eight months pregnant at the time and had to be flown in by private jet ! Since emigrating with the family in 2003 Jayne has established herself as an astute manager of the sales and marketing team at Saxon and specalizes in selecting the wine styles so loved by our loyal customer base.She is also a director of Bottleneck Drive which is the cornerstone of the wine trail in Summerland.
Paul is married to Jayne and have three children. They moved to Summerland BC in 2012 from Alberta to purchase a winery. In 2003 they emigrated from the UK where they had grown up and established their lives in the Kent area.
They became Canadian Citizens in 2010.
They called themselves ‘Saxon Winery’ after their English heritage from centuries past and this has served them well over the period since January 2012.
Their lives have been transformed since starting the winery and their passion for wine has been given an outlet. They both love the sales and marketing side of the business and employ a famous winemaker and vineyard staff to run production. Their youngest son Oliver is a key employee and our older children have careers in Calgary.