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Painted Rock Estate Winery

400 Smythe Rd.
Penticton, BC V2A 846

Owners Trish and John Skinner


Painted Rock is more than a winery; it is an extension of a family. The Skinner's dream of having their own vineyard was born after spending time exploring wineries in the South of France with their family.

John Skinner retired from the brokerage business dedicate himself entirely to running his Painted Rock Estate Winery near Okanagan Falls. Turned out to be a wise and wonderful decision for him, his family and wine lovers.
Painted Rocks first vintage was 2007

I haven't seen a winery achieve cult status this quickly since Black Hills & Burrowing Owl. The word is getting out fast.” John Schreiner

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.

Painted Rock sits on a spectacular bench overlooking the eastern shore of Skaha Lake in Penticton, B.C. This 60-acre property has a unique microclimate that is particularly suited to the production of premium wines. Since the early 1900's, this orchard harvested apricots until the orchard was felled due to a gypsy moth infestation in the late 1980's. The property, known locally as “The Blackhawk”, laid fallow while under the ownership of another winery until John Skinner and his family acquired and contoured it in 2004, and then began planting in 2005. This family-owned estate winery aspires toward a single vision of excellence that maintains the integrity of the wine and never homogenizes the brand

The Skinner's 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

What distinguishes Painted Rock from other wineries is as simple as the dirt. The estate property where the wines are grown is unparalleled. We have the right combination of the lake, the elevation and the rock bluffs, as well as the quality of the soil.” Lauren Skinner

I believe that our site has the perfect combination of proximity to the lake, slope, air movement, soil, heat units, sun exposure that support my contention that the finest wines in the valley can come from this sight. I am trying to do our opportunity justice, by bringing in the best talent, equipment and protocol - John Skinner

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 - John Skinner

The winemaking team is headed by proprietor John Skinner in close collaboration with Bordeaux-based consultant Alain Sutre, who defines winemaking protocol, advises on viticulture, integrates vineyard and winery, blends, and teaches. Okanagan's Michael Bartier, himself a award winning winemaker with a long and stellar reputation, is on site to implement Alain's instructions and along with cellar master Gabe Reis


Two of the debut wines. (1)

Painted Rock 2007 Red Icon ($55). Alain Sutre started to build this blend on a base of Petit Verdot. The final blend is 33% Cabernet Franc, 20% Petit Verdot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 15% Malbec. This is a radical blend among Okanagan Meritage wines, most of which are built on Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon. However, thinking out of the box produced a delicious wine. It begins with spectacularly lifted aromas of black currants, plums, blackberry, vanilla, mocha. All of these elements follow through to the taste. The long, ripe tannins contribute to the wine's elegance and power and ageability. 92-94.

Painted Rock 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon ($40). Svelte and polished in texture, this wine has aromas of spicy berries and red liquorice. On the palate, there are flavours of black currants, black cherries, and chocolate. The ripe tannins give the wine a good backbone for aging. 90.

Painted Rock Estate Winery's 2007 Red Icon and 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon won 2010 Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence In BC Wines

Painted Rock Estate Winery was just ranked #1 Winery in BC and #3 Winery in Canada at the 2011 Wine Access Canadian Wine Awards. The producer of ultra-premium Okanagan wines received 13 medals, including 3 Gold, as well as 4 Silver and 6 Bronze

Painted Rock's mission : The sky is the limit. I have begun what I hope is a generational family business. I look to all the wine regions of the world for context and don't limit our scope to competing regionally. I want to produce wines to the highest international standards.


4 Wines Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon,Chardonnay, Red Icon


“The Painted Rock Red Icon 2009, is one of the best Canadian reds I have ever tasted.”
~ David Lawrason, National Post

I don't give these scores (Red Icon 95) or accolades lightly. Your reds, in particular, blew me away.”
Natalie MacLean

You will not find a better cellar of wines nor more passionate owners - anywhere
~ Robert Bell

The winery will open a new tasting room Summer 2013

(1) tasting notes provided by John Schreiner

Painted Rock tasting Lounge



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