Stephen Cipes first visited the Okanagan in 1986, the New York developer believed he'd found unique conditions to produce "intensely flavoured small grapes"--the perfect base for sparkling wine. Cipes brought grape clones from France and "personally planted them on my hands and knees." They have been making unique and delicious wines ever since.
Stephen Cipes has been quotes as saying for his best accomplishment My four sons are accomplished, fun-loving, warm-hearted people. That's the best thing a dad could have." Perhaps his second best accomplishment might be the amazing cellar of wines he has produced along with winemaker Eric von Krosigk.
The winery is Biodynamic Certified
Three wines I recently had the pleasure of enjoying
2013 Organic Gewürztraminer
A really great summer wine. One I enjoyed during this years summer heat while relaxing on the backyard deck. On the nose this wine is bursting with stone fruit, lychee, rose petal, ruby red grapefruit and orange blossoms. On the palate is a full body and a long floral finish with subtle hints of baking spice. Clean, fruity, floral, and delicious
Now we are enjoying a second bottle with our left over turkey now thats living
2013 Organic Riesling
This award winning - double gold - we shared with friends. It was a major hit. The bottle emptied far too fast. This wine displays all the qualities you want in a outstanding Riesling we gave it a 95. Notes of green apple, white peach, lemon and lime with a long, clean finish.
Sadly we can't find another bottle Summerhill says its sold out.
Not every winery will do a Ehrenfelsen I have yet to find one that makes it better than Eric von Krosig. Gold Medal - A 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition and in our house too. Luxurious texture and wildly delicious layers of flavours and aromas. Notes of apricot, gooseberry, citrus, honeysuckle, orange blossom, cantalope, and peach, with undertones of tropical fruits.
This is one wine to but on your must try list.
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.
Biodynamic agriculture is a method of organic farming that treats farms as unified and individual organisms, emphasizing balancing the holistic development and interrelationship of soil, plants, and animals as a self-nourishing system without external inputs insofar as this is possible given the loss of nutrients due to the export of food. By creating a closed system, nothing is extra or wasted
L/R: Gabe Cipes, Ezra Cipes, Ari Cipes, Eric von Krosigk, Stephen Cipes