Tilman Hainle, First Leaf Principal, has been involved in the estate winery industry in Canada from its beginnings, He has pioneered products, concepts and practices that are now standard throughout the industry.

Ice-wine, organic wine, and multipurpose winery/culinary complexes; each of these was done first in Canada by Hainle Vineyards Estate Winery; one of the country’s first estate vineyards. Each of these concepts were further developed at his second winery, Working Horse.

First Leaf provides a full range of management services to the wine industry.

Services offered include:

  • Vineyard site scouting and assessment
  • Pre-purchase due diligence on wineries & vineyards
  • Vineyard staging
  • Launching wineries
  • Vineyard design
  • Varietal selection
  • Winery design
  • Development of winery complexes
  • Vintage development
  • Product development
  • Organic viticulture and enology
  • Small-lot hands on winemaking
  • Staff recruitment
  • Business planning and execution
  • Jurisdictional authorities review
  • 3-D winery modeling
  • Branding & marketing