Wineries of the Kootenays Region
Fort Berens Estate - Lillooet's first winery and vineyard
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
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
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
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
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
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
1218 - 27th Ave S
Creston, BC V0B 1G1
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
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
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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