Our Team

Costa Gavaris DipWSET
Co-Founder, General Manager & Winemaker

Costa's obsessive interest in wine is the reason we started this wacky adventure in the first place. His first exposure to the world of fine wine occurred while working a summer job in college as a server at the Windsor House in his hometown of St. Andrews, New Brunswick. His interest in wine was shelved through his early career days until he arrived in Kelowna, BC in 2008, and began exploring and experiencing the wine country of the Okanagan Valley. After moving to Vancouver, he spent 5 years studying wine in night school and working part-time jobs at wine shops off the side of his primary career in health care. In 2016, Costa finally allowed himself to realize that he truly, madly, deeply wanted to make wine, and the concept and first vintage of Rigour & Whimsy was born.

Past lives: small-town kid, hockey player, raver, health care professional, urbanite, sartorialist.

Alter-ego: Darth Vader