After graduating from George Elliott Senior Secondary in Winfield, BC, George Heiss Jr. went to Germany for four years of training in the art of wine making.
He had a two year viticulture and enology apprenticeship - first year with Guntrums on the Rhine, and the seond year at Gotramsteing in the Pfalz.
George Jr. then took two years in Weinsberg, Germany, at the Technical Institute of Weinsberg.
When George arrived home from Germany, he had full responsibility for the 1984 harvest.
Wine has been a passion for Roger since the early 1980’s. When the opportunity came to join the B.C. wine industry in 1995 Roger totally immersed himself in all aspects of grape growing and winemaking. Training as a VQA judge along with chemistry, viticulture and wine appreciation supplemented his practical winemaking experience and extensive wine touring.
Roger brought his passion to Gray Monk in 2005 to help develop the sparkling wine program and to build on the existing red wine portfolio.