Gray Monk Estate Winery
We were proud to feature Gray Monk in March 2020.
A true expression of BC wine. Built upon tradition and generations of commitment, Gray Monk stands proudly overlooking Okanagan Lake, with stunning panoramic views of mountains and vineyards, it offers a true taste of Okanagan living. They offer one-of-a-kind, award-winning BC VQA wines – including their number one selling Pinot Gris.
Gray Monk was established in 1972 by George and Trudy Heiss. Today, they have over fifty acres of lush vineyards overlooking Lake Okanagan, which produce some of the world’s finest wines.See Tasting Notes for Gray Monk Estate Winery
Two Sisters Vineyards
We were proud to feature Two Sisters in February 2020.
Two Sisters Vineyards is located in the warm, Niagara River VQA sub-appellation adjacent to historic Old Town Niagara-on-the-Lake. The magnificent landmark winery includes some 130 acres of expertly managed vines and offers engaging tours and tastings, superb dining at Kitchen76 and a concierge wine club with exceptional services and experiences.
Committed to a philosophy of low yields and dedicated sustainable farming practices, they are devoted to producing premium Ontario wines recognized alongside the best not only in Canada, but on the world stage. When combined with meticulous attention by respected winemaker Adam Pearce, the estate produces wines of remarkable power, finesse and elegance. It is especially recognized for its complex, age-worthy reds. In 2018 the winery was awarded ‘Best Performing Small Winery of the Year’ at the National Wine Awards of Canada.See Tasting Notes for Two Sisters Vineyards
Rosewood Estates Winery
We were proud to feature Rosewood in January 2020.
Rosewood Estates Winery & Meadery is an award winning boutique winery located on the Beamsville Bench. Family owned and operated, Rosewood is proud to produce 100% VQA Ontario wines and the first honey wines in Niagara.
Our focus is simple. Craft honest low-intervention wine, innovative mead, and local honey that reflect their individuality as artifacts of the Niagara Region. By capturing the expression of each vintage, we allow the wine to tell its own story. Welcome to the journey.See Tasting Notes for Rosewood Estates Winery
Malivoire Wine Company
We were proud to feature Malivoire in December 2019.
Since planting its first vineyard in 1996, Malivoire has pioneered an innovative, eco-centric approach to wine growing on the Beamsville Bench in the Niagara Peninsula. Malivoire considers itself more a grower than a maker of wines – our philosophy is that the vineyard is where wine is given its life and soul.
Expert winemaker Shiraz Mottiar personifies Malivoire’s founding philosophy: that excellence as a winery begins with healthy soil and vines, and depends on minimal human manipulation of the fruit and its wine. Shiraz and the Malivoire winemaking team craft a spectacular portfolio of wines that include Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir, Gamay, Old Vines Foch, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot, among many others.See Tasting Notes for Malivoire Wine Company
Moraine Estate Winery
We were proud to feature Moraine Estate Winery in November 2019.
Moraine is a family-owned winery and vineyard overlooking Okanagan Lake, located just minutes from the city of Penticton. From its shelf-like location above striking clay bluffs, Moraine peers over the landscape and water. These iconic glaciated white clay cliffs comprise the breathtaking Naramata Bench and inspire the winery’s land-formed name. The western exposure of the vineyards permits the vines to capture every ray of sunlight from mid-morning to nightfall, and this, combined with a cooling breeze, delivers beautifully ripe and flavourful grapes. Moraine’s winemaker Dwight Sick produces a superb lineup of fresh, elegant, fruit-driven wines of distinction.See Tasting Notes for Moraine Estate Winery
Trail Estate Winery
We were proud to feature Trail Estate Winery in October 2019.
We let nature guide the winemaking process at our Prince Edward County winery. Winemaker Mackenzie Brisbois aims for honesty inside the bottle—whether it be our Skin-Ferment Riesling, Orange Wine, Pét Nat Sparkling, soulfully complex Unfiltered Chardonnay, or barrel-aged varietals. We use wild ferments (indigenous yeasts) and leave many of our artisanal wines whole and unfiltered without the use of additional enzymes or tannins. Each wine tells the story of site and vintage with unabashed honesty and is never the same year-to-year (nor should it be). Each wine should be surprising, textural and soulful; not predictable. We take this credo to heart and hold back a large ratio of past vintages in our library. As each wine ages, the artisanal nature of each wine becomes apparent.See Tasting Notes for Trail Estate Winery
We were proud to feature The Hatch in September 2019.
The Hatch is a place where many forms of art come together in celebration. Through our rustic shack, we embrace the eccentricities of grape growing, wine making, living, and drinking with our unconventional, yet extraordinary endeavors. The wines are a liquid art collaboration with unique growers and the singularity of their land. The home of hatch, Black Swift, Screaming Frenzy, Crown + Thieves, and Gobsmacked.See Tasting Notes for The Hatch
Closson Chase Vineyards
We were proud to feature Closson Chase Vineyards in August 2019.
Closson Chase is a quality-driven winery that helped spearhead the birth of the Prince Edward County wine industry, using centuries-old European traditions & sustainable, innovative techniques to create world-class wines using only the finest Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris grapes.
An early advocate for sustainable practices, Closson Chase crafts fine wines that reflect each individual vintage, capturing the distinct qualities imparted by the soil and climatic variations of the year.See Tasting Notes for Closson Chase Vineyards
Black Hills Estate Winery
We were proud to feature Black Hills Estate Winery in July 2019.
Black Hills Estate Winery was established in 1996 and is an ultra-premium winery located on the acclaimed Black Sage Bench. The site on which our vineyard sits has been recognized as one of the most exceptional in Canada.
Black Hills Winery proudly presents wines that have been carefully hand-crafted from vineyard to bottle. Their terroir-centric Rhone and Bordeaux varietal wines are given meticulous attention through each step of the process from barrel aging to blending and bottling. The winemaking team is deliberate in their selection of the best blocks for their premier wines, constantly monitoring and tasting throughout the aging process.
Read more about Black Hills and the wines included in this month’s packages on our Blog.See Tasting Notes for Black Hills Estate Winery
We were proud to feature Orofino Vineyards in June 2019.
We are in love with the Similkameen Valley. The diverse terroir within the steep mountain walls range from rich sandy loam soils on top of endless gravel to blistering hot sites full of angular granite rocks. This diversity makes for interesting wines that tell a story of where they are born.
Our wines stand out because of the seasoned farmers who are dedicated to producing the best grapes possible from their special vineyard sites. We work closely with each grower and have chosen to partner with them because of their mad skills and their particular terroir. Their work is acknowledged on the many single vineyard designated wines that we produce.See Tasting Notes for Orofino Vineyards
We were proud to feature Sperling Vineyards in May 2019.
Ann Sperling brings 25 years of international winemaking experience home to the vineyard she grew up on. Combining love and labour with the blessing of Okanagan sunshine, Ann takes pride in crafting elegant wines of character from the Sperling family estate and continues a cherished tradition begun by her great grandparents over 150 years ago.
Working with family members to steward the nurture of the land and energy of the sun, Ann sculpts the grapes to bring you unique wines of great distinction – a crowning complement to a career that has spanned coast-to-coast and as far afield as South Africa and Argentina in pursuit of winemaking excellence. Combining Love and Labour Since 1925.See Tasting Notes for Sperling Vineyards
Summerhill Pyramid Winery
We were proud to feature Summerhill Pyramid Winery in April 2019.
Organic practices have been an integral part of Summerhill since the Kelowna vineyard was purchased by the Cipes family in 1986. Producing wine organically has a very meaningful benefit to the environment, and some scientists suggest that eating organic foods greatly benefits our health as well. Aside from these benefits, we believe that organic practices allow for the grapes in our vineyards to honestly express their surroundings, providing deep, terroir-driven qualities that are a true articulation of Okanagan terroir.
Summerhill is committed to producing 100% organic wine, and has received Demeter Biodynamic certification for our Kelowna vineyard in 2012. Certified organic status was achieved in our cellar in 2007, allowing us to display the Canadian certified organic logo on our bottles, ensuring that a level of quality and purity can be expected by the consumer.See Tasting Notes for Summerhill Pyramid Winery
Red Rooster Winery
We were proud to feature Red Rooster Winery in March 2019.
Perched high above Okanagan Lake, our winery is located among the rolling hills of Naramata Bench Road. Our engaging and, at times, offbeat approach gives a certain proud flair to everything we do. Not surprisingly, our wines consistently receive top honours at major wine competitions around the world. Not to mention, the 6 Lieutenant Governor’s Award of Excellence under our belts.
Our wines are crafted with a gentle approach and minimal intervention during the winemaking process. While specific processes vary from varietal to varietal, all of our wines are fruit forward, intending to bring out the best features of the Okanagan. All are ready to drink now.
Our reserve wines, however, have fuller-bodies and more structure, which makes them suitable for putting away.See Tasting Notes for Red Rooster Winery
We were proud to feature Southbrook Vineyards in February 2019.
Southbrook Vineyards is the epitome and evolution of Bill Redelmeier’s love story with wine, the land, and all things “local.” The winery is situated on a 150-acre vineyard in the heart of the Niagara Peninsula wine region of Ontario, Canada. We produce organic and biodynamic wines that earn recognition, from critics and consumers alike, year after year.
From their purchase of the Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyard in 2005, the Redelmeiers committed their energies to sustainable viticulture. By 2008, they had created the first wine estate in Canada to earn both organic and biodynamic certification for its vineyard and winery.
At Southbrook we make every effort to live in harmony with the land. From our biodynamic, organic vineyard we produce fine age-worthy wines, most notably Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, classic Bordeaux blends and Chardonnays.See Tasting Notes for Southbrook Vineyards
Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery
We were proud to feature Ravine Vineyard in January 2019.
Although we’re sure that every farm family feels the same about their 34 acre organic winery, at Ravine, we believe that ours is truly unique. Perhaps it’s because of our approach to family. Our goal was to create a sustainable way to maintain our 100+ year old farm and continue to foster the legacy of our family upon it. To do this we had to create interest, follow dreams and finds ways to continue to fall in love — with the land and each other.
Ravine is a paradise within a fabric of tastes, experiences, scenes and sounds across 34 acres of beautiful rolling vineyard. Using biodynamics and sustainability as a philosophy to farming, the enhanced quality and flavours in both our small batch premium wines and fresh food products is something we are proud of and very eager to share.See Tasting Notes for Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery
Henry of Pelham Estate Winery
We were proud to feature Henry of Pelham in December 2018.
Henry of Pelham Winery is family owned and located in the Short Hills Bench of the Niagara Peninsula. Henry Smith, son of our original Canadian ancestor (Nicholas Smith ca.1778, fifer in the Revolutionary War) took his name from the toll-road which ran across his property. He built an inn, tavern and planted our first vineyards. As children we restored his vineyards to match artisanal grape growing to artisanal wine making.
They produce both still and sparkling wines and their most famous regional specialty, Icewine. Varietal, Reserve and Speck Family Reserve are the three tiers of still wines they produce centered on Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Baco Noir and Cabernet-Merlot. Smaller production Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Gamay and assemblage style rose at the Varietal level.See Tasting Notes for Henry of Pelham Estate Winery
Bench 1775 Winery
We were proud to feature Bench 1775 Winery in November 2018.
There’s something very special about life on the Bench.
Found in the heart of wine country in beautiful British Columbia, Bench 1775 is located on the southern shore of Lake Okanagan. Named after the address of our winery, 1775 Naramata Road, along the beautiful Naramata Bench, Bench 1775 Winery is a celebration of land and place. Wines from Bench 1775 are produced with the unique expression of fruit grown in the Okanagan Valley from three vineyard locations: Oxbow Vineyard, on the original Golden Mile in Osoyoos, South Okanagan, and at Paradise Ranch Vineyard and Soaring Eagle Vineyard in the Central Okanagan.See Tasting Notes for Bench 1775 Winery
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards
We were proud to feature Tinhorn Creek Vineyards in October 2018.
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards was founded by Kenn and Sandra Oldfield and Bob and Barb Shaunessy in 1993 with a focus on growing the best grapes, making great wine, and having fun whenever we can.
Located just south of Oliver B.C., in the famed Golden Mile wine-growing district. As the number one winery destination evoking classic south Okanagan terroir, Tinhorn Creek proudly offers estate grown wines, growing grapes on both the Black Sage and Golden Mile benches. As the first winery in Canada to support carbon neutral measures, Tinhorn Creek continues their commitment to land stewardship, conservation and environmentally sustainable practices. Tinhorn Creek offers an unrivaled visitor experience along with wines that rank among the best in the world.See Tasting Notes for Tinhorn Creek Vineyards
London Born Wine Co.
We were proud to feature London Born Wine Co in September 2018.
When you think London, you might not think wine…but we do! Our family has come a long way to make the wine we love, right here in Canada. Wine that people love to drink and wine we love to share!
London Born is owned and operated by the Hoare family who are originally from London, England. Our historic 1800’s 50-acre estate, “Highland Vineyard” was purchased in 2007 and at that time the farm’s principal crop was Concord grapes used for making juice. Since then we have removed these vines, keeping two rows for prosperity and have installed drainage and irrigation to the north of the farm where we have planted vinifera vines with our first vintages released in 2010. Our varieties are Gamay, Cabernet Franc and Riesling. We have kept the existing 50+ year old Marechal Foch vines with their small crop of grapes; the care given these produces an intensely flavoured, satisfying full-bodied wine.See Tasting Notes for London Born Wine Co.
Play Estate Winery
We were proud to feature Play Estate Winery in August 2018.
For years the Pechet Family and Sommelier, Mohamed Awad dreamt of establishing a beautiful winery offering high-quality wines and gorgeous views of the Okanagan. In the summer of 2016 that dream became a reality and the winery marks the starting point of the South Okanagan wine region.
Play Estate Winery puts a modern twist and adds a touch of drama to elegant and diverse wines. Play Estate also boasts iconic architecture, a 14-acre vineyard, and a unique portfolio. Their varietals include Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Muscat, Viognier, and more.See Tasting Notes for Play Estate Winery
St. Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery
We were proud to feature St. Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery in July 2018.
The St Hubertus & Oak Bay Vineyards were originally planted in 1928 By J.W. Hughes during a time when agricultural land was plentiful. Since 1984 the Gebert Family has used sustainable farming practices to produce 100% estate grown wines that reflect the terroir of the North Okanagan Valley, to show off the complexity associated with the old world, but with the clean fresh fruit flavours of the new world.
The result is a collection of authentic and memorable wines under the St Hubertus and Oak Bay labels.See Tasting Notes for St. Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery
We were proud to feature Huff Estates in June 2018.
Huff Estates was founded in 2002 and officially opened it’s doors in 2004. Huff Estates Winery was constructed with one thing in mind – producing high quality wines. The state-of-the-art facility has its crush pad and fermentation tanks sitting on top of a hill allowing for a natural gravity flow into the barrels below.
Huff will continue to share its family passion and history of the land by producing exceptional wines sourced from well-maintained vines complemented with the finest of winemaking expertise.See Tasting Notes for Huff Estates
We were proud to feature Perseus Winery in May 2018.
Perseus takes their name from the Perseus constellation which hovers over their estate vineyard during harvest. This collection of stars overlooks their region, much in the way the winery covers the Okanagan Valley searching for the finest grapes.
Located in Penticton BC at the foot of the Naramata Bench, they are passionate about showcasing the diversity of the land through honest and delectable wines.
Most notably, Perseus produces their flagship red, ‘Invictus’. Recipient of a 2017 Lieutenant Governor’s award as well as several international Platinum wine awards, this Bordeaux style blend is indicative of the potential Okanagan wines can achieve.See Tasting Notes for Perseus Winery