First Leaf: Vineyard and Winery Planning and Design

First Leaf is a consulting firm passionate about the wine industry. Our purpose is to provide a comprehensive consulting service to vineyard owners, winemakers, winery owners and developers with an interest in the industry,  at each stage of their growth and evolution.

Our people

Grapes on the VineFirst Leaf is led by two people:

  • Tilman Hainle, one of Canada’s leading viticulturists and oenologists,
  • Marilyn Palmer, architect and master planner.

Tilman specializes in vineyard and winery design and operation. Marilyn’s  career as an architect and master planner has provided many opportunities to lead integrated teams of professionals in the development of master plans for a range of land uses and facility types.

Their combined skills, experience and knowledge provides a seamless, integrated service to the wine industry that is unique in Canada.