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Our Wine maker Aleksander

Aleksandar Kolundzic

Aleksandar our wine maker joined the Pillitteri team at the beginning of the 2010 harvest and brings with him 20 years of experience and expertise in wine making. Previously, he has worked with Vincor Canada as a VQA Winemaker since June 2004 and previous to that with Hillebrand Winery as a Winemaker and Lab and Cellar Technician commencing in 1996. Aleksandar received his Bachelor of Science at the University of Zagreb, Croatia and his Honours Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology at Brock University. Aleksandar’s proficiency in HACCP and his ISO program knowledge is also valuable for Pillitteri to continue with the production of secure and quality VQA wine making.

Winemaking Philosophy

Alex has instituted an austere and meticulous policy for monitoring and classifying wine produced at Pillitteri. In combination with his talents to sample and blend wine, Alex and his team utilized a set of strict criteria to classify wines to designations. Alex and his team adhere to these criteria based on three key influencers of wine quality. The key criteria consists of; the growth of the grape in the vineyard, the pressing and fermentation of the wine in the press house and the ageing and blending of the wine in the cellar.


Alex has garnered a reputation for quality winemaking as proven with a lengthy list of awards and recognition. Some of the most recent include:

It’s about family, teamwork and ultimately making award-winning wines and Icewines that can be enjoyed by everyone. I feel proud to craft wines that are shared and appreciated throughout the world. Cheers,
Alex Kolundzic

Winemaker, Pillitteri Winery

2016 Decanter World Wine Awards, UK
Gold – 2014 Reserve Vidal Icewine

2016 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, United States
Gold – 2013 Reserve Riesling Icewine

2015 Intervin, Canada
Top 5 Wineries of the Year

2015 Citadelles du Vin, France
Special Canada Prize and Gold – 2013 Reserve Vidal Icewine

2015 Decanter, UK
Gold – 2013 Reserve Riesling Icewine

2015 Ontario Wine Awards, Canada
Red Wine of the Year and Gold – 2010 Riserva Famiglia Cabernet Franc

2014 Decanter, United Kingdom
Regional Trophy and Gold (Canada, Sweet Under £15) – 2012 Vidal Reserve Icewine

Winemaker, Pillitteri Winery