Wineries of the Kootenays Region

Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery

1140 27th Avenue South
Creston, BC V0B 1G1




Bob Johnson and Petra Flaa from Calgary spent numerous vacations in the valley before purchasing a Cherry farm. They soon discovered that wines last longer and in 2006 purchased property next to Skimmerhorn Winery. Their first vintage was 2009.

The winery name celebrates William Baillie-Grohman, a pioneer who arrived in the Creston Valley in 1882 to hunt mountain goats (there is one on the wine labels), and spent the next 30 years diverting rivers, reclaim land and bringing in settlers before retiring in his native Britain.

The vineyards main grape is Pinot Noir. They also produce Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Schönburger and Kerner for icewine.

Winemaker Dan Barker



 

Columbia Gardens Vineyard and Winery

9340 Station Road
Trail, BC V1R 4W6

1-250 367-7493  

 

Columbia Gardens Vineyard and Winery


The first winery located in Kootenays opened in the fall of 2001. The winery is owned and operated by the Bryden and Wallace families. Currently there are 7 acres of vines. The winery selectively produces few wines seeking quality over quantity. Pinot Noir, Marechal Foch, Gewürztraminer and unoaked Chardonnay are the wines produced.

The tasting room along with a gift shop are located in a log cabin. Author John Schreiner writes; the charm of the Columbia wine shop surprises first time visitors who do not expect a tasting room with sophisticated decor this far off the beaten path. Signature wine – Garden Gold blended white wine

  Winemaker: Lawrence Wallace
  Philosophy: Produce VQA quality wines and to remain a family winery producing limited quantities of fine wines

 


 

Fort Berens Estate Winery Ltd

1881 Highway 99 North
PO Box 758
Lillooet , BC V0K 1V0

 

 

Fort Berens Estate Winery Ltd


One hundred and fifty years ago the Hudson Bay Company began construction of Fort Berens on the east side of the Fraser River, at Lillooet, British Columbia . The trading fort was never completed and the fertile river bench was used instead for the growing of melons, tomatoes and alfalfa.

Now the historic site is home to Lillooet's first commercial winery and vineyard. Is Fort Berens Estate Winery the harbinger of BC's newest wine region? The winery is owned by Heleen Pannekoek and Rolf de Bruin

In the Spring of 2009 they put 20 acres of river bench under vine with 36,000 plants, consisting of six varietals; Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Three years from now, the vineyard will hang ripe with grapes, ready to be turned into carefully crafted wines.

Fort Berens Estate Winery is located at the junction of Highway 99 North and the Gold Nugget Arterial, just east of the Bridge of the 23 Camels, across the Fraser River from downtown Lillooet.

Fort Berens Estate Winery is less than two hours north of Whistler, three and a half hours from Vancouver and two hours south-west of Kamloops, on the scenic Highway 99 route from the west coast to the interior and is included in the the circle tour from Vancouver


Winemaker : Bill Pierson

 

 

Heron Ridge Estates Winery

1682 Thrums Road,
Thrums, BC V1N 4N4

heron ridge


A small family owned and operated winery, located in the beautiful Kootenay River Valley of south-central British Columbia. Paul Koodrin runs the blueberry farm and winery. The rich, unique flavours of Heron Ridge wines are achieved through careful, measured blending of two varieties of blueberry - the sweet Northland and the small ultra-sweet Stanley

Winemaker: Paul Koodrin




 

Skimmerhorn

1218 - 27th Ave S
Creston, BC  V0B 1G1

1-250-428-4911

Skimmerhorn


After 20 years of successfully running a family orchard, Al and Marleen Hoag  took the plunge and opened a winery. The winery is named after the Skimmerhorn Mountains, part of the Purcell Mountain Range, which borders the eastern edge of the Creston Valley.*

Their 14 acres produces a varietal range which includes Pinot Gris, Ortega, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir and Marechal Foch. For a relaxing, intimate lunch or small group gathering the Bistro at the Vineyards provides an idyllic setting; it is open from mid May until mid October, reservations are recommended.

Since the New Zealand South Island and Creston have similar climates the Hoags visited in 2006 and while there found and hired winemaker Mark Rattray to help get them get started in their new adventure.

Winemaker: Mark Rattray
Philosophy:  Our wines reflect our terroir



 

Wynnwood Cellars

5566 Highway 3A
Wynndel, BC V0B 2N2 

 

 


Michael Wigen became interested in wines back in the 5o's It was not untill 2007 the Planted 4 of his 10 hectares with vines with 70% of the vines been his favourite Pinot Noir. The idea of a winery came about when Dave Basaraba asked about growing vines on Wigen's property. DAve had grown some vines of his own and was happy with the results however he felt Michael had the best location and soil
(by the lake, Limestone) to produced grapes for making wine.

By 2008 they were happy enough with the grapes to start the winery. The big step came in 2010 They hired Tom DiBello at a custom crush facility in the Okanagan to make their wines. A winery is been build.

  Winemaker: Tom DiBello
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