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Wineries of Skaha Lake




Pentâge Winery


Blasted Church Winery

378 Parsons Road
RR #1 S-32 C-67
Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R0


Perched high on a rolling hillside that cascades into Skaha Lake, this is undoubtedly one of the most majestic vineyard sites in the valley. Blasted Church is owned by Chris and Evelyn Campbell. The winery selected its name from the history of the land. the winery was built where there once stood a church. The citizens of Okanagan Falls wanted to dismantle the church and bring it closer to town to accomplish this the church was blasted with dynamite sticks inside in order to "loosen the nails".

The winery produces about 19,000 cases a year from its own 17 hectare (42 acre) vineyard) and local vineyards. The winery's label design concept is one of the most talked about.

The winey has won numerous awards including Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines, for its 2012 Holy Moly Petit Verdot. Cabernet Merlot 2008 took home the grand prize by winning the red wine of the year at the 2011 All Canadian Wine Champs

Signature wine: Hatsfield Fuse

Winemakers: Mark Wendenburg and Elaine Vickers




Kra¯ze¯ Legz Vineyard and Winery


141 Fir Avenue
Kaleden, BC V0H 1K0


Krāzē Legz Vineyard and Winery is a family owned and operated estate winery. Gerry and Susan Thygesen visually differentiated this winery from its peers by adopting a Roaring 1920s theme.  The winery’s whimsical name is meant to suggest the “legs” formed on the inside of a wine glass after the wine is swirled. It is the first winery to open in Kaleden. Susan and Gerry purchased the property in 1995 but did not plant the vineyard until 2007. They grow Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc



Winemakers: Gerry Thygesen
Philosophy:



Lixiere Estate Winery

266 Highway 97
Kaleden, BC V0H 1K0



After 17 years growing grapes Lixiere has decided to produce their own premium wines. Lixiere Estates Winery is located in the small historic community of Kaleden just 8 miles south of Penticton, in the Okanagan Valley.

Balvir Grewal  is the owner. The Grewal family has been residing in the Okanagan since they immigrated to Canada almost 40 years ago.  The family has been growing grapes for Gray Monk winery for over 17 years. Balvir Grewal has been involved hands-on with the growing of the grapes from day one. He has bought numerous acres of land and turned the land into vineyards over the years.

They currently have planted over 20 acres Production is 600 plus with expansion coming soon.

signature wines a rosé which is made from 100% cab-franc grapes

Winemaker Phil Soo
Philosophy: Time, care, and diligence





Painted Rock Estate Winery

400 Smythe Road
Penticton, BC V2A 846

T: 250 493 6809

F: 604 926 5247

info@paintedrock.ca www.paintedrock.ca

 

The vineyard, growing about 50,000 vines, has been developed on property south of Penticton and east of Skaha Lake that old-timers still call Braeside Farms. 60-acre Blackhawk property is owned by John Skinner. It was decided to plant the primary red components of the classic Bordeaux blends, including a small planting each of Malbec and Petite Verdot to provide spice for their blend and to broaden blending options for their winemaker

The winery's initial release is about 750 cases each of Red Icon and Merlot, 800 cases of Syrah, 320 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon and 175 cases of Chardonnay. John's target for full production is about 5,000 cases a year.

Painted Rock refers to the ancient pictographs that were found painted on the rocks behind the vineyard bluffs. When John discovered the pictographs, he knew that they were significant not only for his family, but also for the community. John contacted the local First Nations band to understand their meaning, and when he learned that they were symbolic of a spirit walk, or a coming of age, he knew that he had found the name for his winery.

The tasting room was a winner at the 2014 Architecture Design Awards, in the smooth metal wall panels category!

John Skinner was named entrepreneur of the year in 2013 by Ernst and Young

The winery exports to Ontario, Alberta, Tokyo and China

Signature wines: Merlot Chardonnay, Syrah, Cab Sauv and a blend Red Icon

Consultant: Alain Sutre

Winemaker:
Philosophy: "This is a journey to discover what our terroir is capable of producing. I asked my Bordeaux consultant who does our blending to throw out the rule book when it came to Okanagan blends. Think outside the box. To that end our Red Icon has quite unheard of percentages like 20% Petite Verdot….it is a truly Okanagan wine Our Philosophy is rooted in the simple idea that wine should be made for friends and family to enjoy. With a dedication to quality and a respect for the terroir, Painted Rock ensures that each grape is of superior quality, proving that the best wines are made in the vineyard."



Play Estates

507 Skaha Hills Dr.
Penticton, BC
V2A 0A9



 

Play Estate Winery is a passion project for Jason Pechet (CEO of the iconic Stagewest Hospitality brand) and long time collaborator and sommelier Mohamed Awad (General Manager, and Wine Maker). For years the two business partners talked about opening a winery in the picturesque Okanagan region. They could never find the perfect vineyard site until Mohamed stumbled upon the Skaha Lake location and immediately put in a call to Jason. The location is at the north end of the lake.

Play Estate will feature an iconic modern architectural building that will house a wine shop and tasting lounge, indoor/outdoor bistro with function space, and a 14 acre vineyard. Wine varietals will be Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat, and Viognier. Play Estate Winery is projected to produce approximately 4,000 cases in 2016.

Stage West Hospitality is building and will operate Play Winery; and are honored to have Mohamed Awad as general manager of the property. Awad is well known in the Okanagan as he managed the Spirit Ridge Resort and Vineyards in Osoyoos and is a former manager of the Black Hills Estate Winery.


 

Consulting Winemaker:




Topshelf Winery

236 Linden Avenue
Kaleden, BC V0H 1K0



The name comes from a hockey term ( the shooter put the puck topshelf on the goalie) owner Leonard and Myra Kwiatkowski come from Saskatchewan and were hockey parents.

Myra, who cooked professionally in Saskatchewan hospitals, took the Okanagan College winemaking course and with the help of a consultant, made her first vintage in 2010

When Leonard retired for the first time in 2000, the couple bought a fishing lodge on a secluded inlet near Sechelt, BC. They enjoy boating and fishing but, in time, they found the lodge too remote. They sold it in 2008, buying a property in Kaleden where a previous owner had once pastured horses. Leonard considered the agricultural potential of the sandy loam soil. After deciding against cherries – he preferred not to climb ladders to harvest fruit – he planted vines in 2010.

Signature wines: Slap Shot Chardonnay, Point Shot Pinot Gris and Over the Top Merlot

Winemaker: Myra Kwiaowski



Vindicated Cellars


Skahal Lake



The winery is owned by Jeff Del Nin. The Winery's name is Vindication Cellars and is located near Skahal Lake. Thw winery is not open to the public.

I was a Canadian living and making wine in Australia. I came to BC on a vacation with my wife and we toured through the Okanagan Valley.  We were so impressed by the potential of this region that we uprooted our life in Australia, sold everything, and moved here to make wine. I have invested everything I have, and all of my energy in making wine in this spectacular part of the world. I believe the wines I am producing truly Vindicate my decision to move here. - Jeff Del Nin

It was in In 2007, Jeff started making wine under his own label, Vindication Cellars. The power and concentration of my red wines has become legendary in select circles. He planted 3 acre vineyard on the east side of Skaha lake just south of Penticton.  This was done so that Jeff could plant the varietals that he believe are the future of BC wine: Pinot Nero (made from Italian clones of Pinot Noir) and Teroldego. I also wanted to pioneer new clones and grape varietals from Italy, which is part of my family heritage.

Signature wines: Pinot Nero, Teroldego.


Winemaker: Jeff Del Nin
Philosophy: My goal is to produce intensely flavoured, authentic wines that capture the essence and unique characteristics of the vineyard site. It is my vision that these wines should stand amongst the best wines in the world.  I farm a modest parcel of land and I have divided it up into a very high number of smaller zones. I harvest each zone separately and make the wine into small lots. Everything is done by hand, or using only the most basic equipment.  This affords a closeness and intimacy with the wines and the soil that is only possible in a small, artisanal operation. When you drink my wine, you are sampling my vision, my passion, my struggles, and most importantly, you are connecting with the land through the wine.

photo credit John Schreiner

 

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