Cynthia and David Enns

Laughing Stock Vineyards

imgCynthia and David Enns gave up their lucrative investment careers to follow a passion for making wine. They got their humble start in a friend’s Vancouver garage.

“I thought I would be the laughing stock of the neighbourhood if I spent $25,000 on equipment and didn’t come up with a good wine.”

Enns didn’t disappoint and after a stint in wine making school and a world wide search for the perfect place to start their winery they settled in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley. Nine years later they are turning a profit and their “Laughing Stock” wines are winning numerous awards.

Their humour and love of life are obvious when you talk to the couple. They are also a good team with David making the wine and Cynthia watching the bottom line.

“I’m pretty good with a spreadsheet,” Cynthia laughs, “but I’m also not afraid to get my hands dirty in the vineyard.”

Although they call the winery their “vow of poverty” they would never go back to the corporate world.

“I’m never putting on a suit again,” David says with a laugh. “Besides, I’ve burnt all my ties.”

 

Planting Success
Have a business plan learn how to sell.

Do what you do best and be passionate about what you’re doing.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. We hired consultants because we’re not going to pretend that we know it all.

Be well capitalized.  The power of leverage is amazing if you can match your borrowing with the outcome of your business.

If life was all about being sensible, then great things in this world such as fabulous wine just wouldn’t come to be.