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Black Hills Estate


Pauline Gagnon

Estate Manager




Where did you grow up

 In the suburbs of Montreal

Where did you go to school

Went to the biggest English emersion school in Quebec

Graduated in 1999 with a degree in Tourism Management

Wine Bursary Program

Dale Carnegie Leadership program

W.S.E.T. Level 2 completed

What do you do at Black Hills?

Anything that has to do with direct to consumer and event.

What did you do before?

I worked at the VQA store and managed other wineries!

How long have you been here?

Since 2009.

What’s the best Black Hills event you have been to and why?

I really like the end of harvest party that we have for the industry and the reason I like it is that it is a great networking opportunity. We get to sabre hundreds of bottles of sparkling BC wine.

Stelvin or cork?


Red, white, bubbles or rose?

Yes please.

What’s your favourite grape?


When you are not at Black Hills working, what are you doing?

Whatever my dog tells me to do. Hiking on the KVR or at the beach or in my garden.

If you could acquire a skill or talent with the snap of a finger, what would it be? 

Mind reader

Secret talent or achievement or skill people might not know you have?

I have been an organic farmer for the past 15 years

Favourite dish to eat?

Raw fish - sashimi

Favourite pairing ever?

Bubbles and popcorn

Favourite Black Hills wine other than NB?

The Alibi. It’s a breakfast wine. It’s a palate cleansing wine. It’s super refreshing.

Guilty pleasure?

Old Fashioned