Our Story

Play Estate Winery has been a passion project for the Pechet Family (Stagewest Hospitality brand) and friend and Sommelier Mohamed Awad. For years the group of business partners discussed opening a winery in the picturesque Okanagan region. The ideal location had not been determined until Mohamed came across the Skaha Hills Lake location and immediately put in a call to his partners. This was the moment Play Estate Winery was born!

Play Estate Winery features an iconic modern architectural construction which houses a wine shop, tasting bar, bistro with Penticton’s finest view. Beautifully accenting around the facility, Play features a 14 acre vineyard consisting of wine varietals such as Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat, and Viognier.

Stage West Hospitality and our Team are proud to present the Winery and look forward to showcasing our crafted varietals. We welcome all visitors to browse our website or join us on site to enjoy a true Okanagan experience!

Our Team


David Pechet

VICE PRESIDENT

David is a third generation hotelier, with extensive hands-on and theoretical experience in the hospitality and entertainment industries.

Graduating with a Bachelors of Science, from Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration in 2002, David has developed an intimate understanding of all aspects of hotel and casino operations. David began his casino education began as a Dealer at casino by Vanshaw. With graduate studies at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in casino management, he returned to Vanshaw to complete his practical experience. David worked as a Dealer, Pit Boss, Pit Boss Supervisor and Games Manager, for both Vanshaw and Mayfield Hospitality. As Mayfield Hospitalities’ Director of Casino Development, David played a pivotal role in the opening of the Camrose Resort Casino and Stoney Nakoda Entertainment Resort.

As a serial entrepreneur, David Pechet continues to open properties like Play Estate Winery, while continuing to further future projects for Stagewest Hospitality, Mayfield Homes, and its other subsidiaries.


Sonya Patrick

GENERAL MANAGER

Home for Sonya is N.Ireland, where she grew up and worked as a Human Resource Consultant for a large UK Employment Agency.

Working across the globe in France and Canada, in the role of both employee and business owner she fell in love with the Okanagan.

With a passion for wine she developed her knowledge and skill set in all areas of winery production and operations, making her the ideal person for the role of General Manager.


John Stratton

EXECUTIVE CHEF

John is a classically trained chef from Oakville, Ontario; attended George Brown College in Toronto. Moved to Australia in 2012 for five years and worked his way around the country, training with some of the great chefs down under.

After a long stint in Australia, he hopped over to Asia traveled and worked in China, Japan, Vietnam and Nepal. Coming back to Canada with an outstanding knowledge of using fresh local and seasonal produce, he decided to seek out a new culinary center that has some of the country’s best produce and wine.

Here he is in the beautiful Okanagan.


Marina Zarrillo

WINE MAKER

Marina believes that wine tells the story of who we are, where we come from, the land we live on and the grapes we love.

Marina started pursuing her interest in growing and making good wine with the International Sommelier Guild. Next, after leaving a successful career as an IT Professional and Project Manager, she relocated to the Okanagan with her husband and their dog Remy, purchased a three acre property and planted a vineyard with Barbera, Dolcetto, Sangiovese and Moscato grapes.

She obtained the Viticulture Certificate from Okanagan College, then worked in the industry in a variety of capacities before obtaining the Winemaking Certificate from the University of California, Davis Extension. She is proud of the 2017 vintage, her first vintage as the Winemaker for Play.


Christine Leroux

WINE CONSULTANT

After her bachelor degree in Biology from the University of Québec in Montréal in the late 80’, Christine decided to pursue her dreams of working in the wine industry. She went to study oenology at the University of Bordeaux in France. While studying, she was given the chance to do her practicums at some of the most renown Châteaux like Château La Fleur Petrus in Pommerol and Château Margaux in the Médoc but as well work at the Laboratory of Oenology of Grézillac in the Entre-Deux-Mers appellation.

Once graduated from Bordeaux and looking for more knowledge, Christine worked in Australia at Cassegrain Winery, in California at J. Lohr and then in Canada at Inniskillin in Ontario. The latter gave her to opportunity to become the winemaker for Inniskillin Okanagan located in the Okanagan Valley in British-Colombia. Two years later, she left Inniskillin Okanagan to start her own winemaking consulting business for small and medium size wineries like Oliver Twist Winery, Hidden Chapel winery, Ancient Hills Vineyards, Thornheaven Winery and many more. Also, she teaches oenology at the Okanagan College for the past 16 years, which is part of their Assistant Winemaker program.