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Maan Farms Estate Winery

Maan Farms has enjoyed a long and proud history in the Fraser Valley. They opened their first roadside stand on their farm at 1136 McKenzie Road, Abbotsford 1n 1982. It was in 1977 that Jawahar and Gurbachan (Grandpa and Grandma) Maan with the help of their three children, started farming in the valley. Their reputation for producing quality delicious strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.

Today, Grandpa and Grandma Maan are retired, but their son Kris and his wife Devinder continue the proud tradition of Maan Farms, helped by their own children, Preena, Gurleen, Gaurav and Amir. Many things have changed since the farm opened almost 35 years ago. From one small berry stand, Maan Farms has grown into a place with something for everyone. It is a place to take the entire family, to enjoy a petting zoo, snack bar, fun-filled events, purchase fruits, vegetables and enjoyed their newest adventure wine.

The family first introduced their fruit wines in 2013. In 2014 a fire destroyed the barn. However, the family came back stronger than ever to re-establish the barn and with improved winemaking facilities. Besides, the fruit wines they produce three grape wines.

Barbara and I were invited to their VIP Members Club event (Feb 2016) this month and were very excited as we had had not visited the farm since the fire. It was a wonderful event with the Maan family, marketing manager Harmony Poisson  and other guest. There was wine and food including dessert and chocolate. Each member of the family was introduced and most spoke about their role in the winery. Winemaker and consultant Laurent Lafuente was also in attendance and spoke about his French influence on the Maan wines.

The Maan's believe their wines make amazing Sangrias.

The Best Sangria

Ingredients:
1 bottle of Maan Farms Blackberry Table wine
1 lemon, sliced
1 orange, sliced
2-4 tablespoons of sugar
3 oz white rum
2 cups of club soda or ginger ale
Fresh fruit add ins: Sliced strawberries, kiwis, blueberries, fresh/frozen grapes

Directions Combine all ingredients expect the club soda or ginger ale in a large pitcher then use a wooden spoon to muddle the fruit. Refrigerate for several hours (overnight). When ready to serve, add club soda or ginger ale, still and serve over ice.

Raspberry Mango Sangria

Ingredients:
1 mango, thinly sliced
1 cup raspberries
3 tablespoons raspberry dessert wine
1 bottle of Maan Farms Strawberry Raspberry blend table wine
4 cups chilled lemon-lime soda

Directions

In a pitcher combine mango, raspberries and wine. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Add soda and ice. Serve.

Both Barbara and I felt their Merlot was their best wine. We will be returning to due a full tasting experience shortly.

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