The Senhora do Convento brand was recently purchased by Colt Resources from Canada. Colt will continue to operate the facilities in the tradition of the past and produce both high quality Port and table wines from the surrounding vineyards.


Managing Director of Senhora Do Convento

Donald Ziraldo is the managing director of Senhora do Convento. He is known globally as the co-founder of Inniskillin Wines. For Ziraldo’s relentless pursuit in establishing Canadian icewine as a internationally recognized luxury brand and establishing the Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) he was awarded the Order of Canada and was voted Top CEO of the Century by Financial Post Magazine. In 2008, he was awarded the Premio Masi and in 2010, the Folio d’Oro in Italy. Ziraldo recently launched two new icewines: Equifera and Ziraldo icewine. As recently appointed managing director of Senhora do Convento, Ziraldo hopes to bring this unique and beautiful winery to the world stage.


Winemaker of Senhora Do Convento |

Jean-Hugues Gros has an enology degree from Burgundy and fine-tuned his winemaking skills in France under Domaine Jacques Prieur and Antonin Rodet. Gros has worked making high quality wines in some of the best wine regions of the world including: Bordeaux, Dijon, Burgundy, Champagne, Morocco and Sonoma before falling in love with Portugal and Portuguese wines. He has been crafting award-winning table wines and Ports in the Douro Valley for more than a decade and has been the winemaker at Senhora Do Convento since 1999.


Marketing Director of Senhora do Convento |

Victoria Gilbert is a journalist, film-maker and marketing professional. She has been representing SDC port wines and the Monastery of Sao Pedro Das Aquias in Tabuaco, Portugal since 2011. She grew up in the wine and food industry and has brought her wine, marketing, video production and writing background to Senhora Do Convento Wines & Monastery.


General Manager of Senhora do Convento USA

As Executive VP of Marketing at Vincor International, Gordon Munroe reorganized and created focus for an evolving portfolio of 75 brands. While there, he collaborated with Donald Ziraldo in the early stages of a bold export strategy for Inniskillin Icewine that would eventually lead to 100,000 cases and $65.0 million in worldwide sales. He was also one of the executives who participated in the IPO road show when the company went public.

Additional industry assignments include: EVP General Manager of Mission Hill Estate, Okanagan, Canada, President of Bounty Hunter, Napa, COO of Lynmar Estate, General Manager of Bonny Doon  and consulting for many other California wineries and investment groups. He has also been President of two of the most well-known and creative advertising agencies in the world, BBDO’s Vancouver office and J. Walter Thompson in San Francisco. Munroe joined Senhora do Convento in the spring of 2013, reconnecting with former colleague Donald Ziraldo to spearhead an ambitious North American growth strategy.


President of Colt Resources |

Mr. Nikolas Perrault is a Chartered Financial Analyst who has spent the first 15 years of his career working as an investment executive with some of Canada’s largest institutions, He is President, CEO and Director of Colt Resources Inc., a Canadian-based junior exploration company engaged in the acquiring, exploring and developing mineral properties with an emphasis on gold and tungsten. His focus throughout his career has been on small cap resource companies. His work has focused on small companies in the energy and resource sectors in Canada and abroad, which has allowed him to develop an extensive international network. Mr. Perrault holds a Bachelor of Commerce and obtained his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1997.


General Counsel of Senhora Do Convento | | 

David A. Johnson is an attorney and a trade-mark agent, specializing in corporate law, commercial law and intellectual property. He is a certified corporate director (ICD.D) and a certified corporate counsel (CIC.C). Prior to a career in law, he practised for several years as a geographer and an urban planner. He advises both public and private businesses all over the world at the level of the board of directors and senior management. He also works with registered Canadian charities. He is the Chief Legal Officer of Colt Resources Inc. and a Non Executive Director of Sphinx Resources Ltd.