Meet the Team

Laura Hayes

Head of Administration & Operations

After years of working in the Toronto restaurant scene, Laura has developed a reputation for impeccable service and outstanding wine knowledge. In 2015 she left behind her established city life for the County's burgeoning wine industry and has never looked back. With an Advanced Certificate from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust and a taste for the County's terroir-driven style, Laura easily found her place in a community of people passionate about what they do. She's developed a deep love for the region, and wines that are distinctly unique to the area. Laura now oversees the expansion of Redtail in her role as Head of Administration & Operations. She brings a multitude of expertise to this challenging project, fueled by her genuine desire to help create and sell beautiful wine.

Brad Smith


Brad first met Thomas nearly twenty-five years ago when they worked together in the insurance industry in Holland. Since then, the two have become lifelong friends, collaborating on ideas and sharing in adventures. When Thomas asked him to oversee the expansion of Redtail, Brad had never set foot in the County before. He was immediately taken by the laid back way of life and the people that chose to call the County home. He saw the chance to build a business that emphasized the bigger things — a sustainable lifestyle that balances work with family, and innovation with environmental responsibility. Brad brings his vast experience in strategy and marketing to his role as President at Redtail Vineyards.

Thomas Stallinga


Thomas purchased Redtail Vineyards in 2018 after scouting wineries around the world for the perfect site. An accomplished actuary from Holland, he developed and eventually sold a financial services company before focusing on his growing passion for wine. Thomas quickly fell in love with the County and purchased an additional plot of land in Hillier overlooking Pleasant Bay, the site of a soon-to-be-planted 25 acre vineyard and new winemaking facility. He enlisted longtime friend and former colleague Brad Smith to oversee the project while Thomas travels the globe for actuary work, and winemaker Lee Baker to rehabilitate the Redtail site and take charge of the new winery expansion. Their vision is to maintain Redtail's minimal intervention winemaking practices and produce natural wines that are pure expressions of County terroir.