Wineries We Would Like to Know Better

British Columbia - Part One

Osoyoos, BC

Overlooking Osoyoos from Adega on 45th

1st R.O.W. Estate Winery

Located in an Industrial park in Surrey. The winery has made a small splash with the quality of its wines

2016 All Canadian Wine Championships they won Gold for their 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon



Adega on 45th Estate Winery

The winery has a bell tower, set in a vineyard not far from Nk'Mip Winery over looking the town of Osoyoos. The 557-square-metre (6,000-square-foot) winery has thick concrete walls and a naturally cooled cellar, for 400 barrels, buried against the hillside. The interior’s public areas acquired the instant patina of age by having walls finished with Italian clay and tiles on the floor.

The winery’s European ambiance reflects the Portuguese heritage of the owners Fred and Pamala Farinha, and Alex and Maria Nunes


Alderlea Vineyards Ltd


Alderlea Vineyards

Zac and Julie Brown took over Alderlea Vineyards in April 2017 Roger & Nancy Dosman founded the winery over 25 years ago.

Alderlea Vineyards is perfectly situated on a south-facing ridge in the Cowichan Valley, overlooking Quamichan Lake.  The lake draws the cold air off the land, reducing spring frosts, assisting grape ripening, and moderating the August heat to ensure balanced acidity in the fruit.  The vineyard is sheltered from coastal Pacific winds by Mount Provost and is one of the warmest locations in the Cowichan Valley. 


Anarchist Mountain Vineyards

Andrew Stone and Terry Meyer Stone grow lovely Okanagan grapes and are proud to make small batch (450 cases) Anarchist Mountain Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Anarchist Mountain Vineyards sits at 1700 ft in a thin temperature inversion on the east side of the valley overlooking Osoyoos. The altitude provides a moderating effect that regulates acid balance in the ripe Southern valley fruit. Planted in 1985 the vineyard yields small volumes of high intensity fruit - less than 2 tons/acr


Aquaherb Winery House

Located in Kelowna, little is know about this winery it is a small experimental laboratory, continually working on developing new technologies to produce wines from herbs.

Specializing in the production of wines made from, or with, herbs such as Ginseng, Echinacea, Eldelberry, Rosehip and Seabuckthorn, and other herbs. The winery is owned by Stan Masciaszek

Artisan Sakemaker at Granville Island

Established in 2007 on Granville Island, Artisan SakeMaker is known as a unique commercial winery that produces award winning, hand-made, small batch and fresh sake.

Brand name "OSAKE" is widely recognized as "Canada's first locally produced fresh premium sake" and its popularity has reached across the country and beyond.



B/3 Three Bears Ranch Winery

The wineries name was inspired by the rollicking adventures of three wily bears that live near the vineyards. They produce only three red wines Merlot, Shiraz, and Pinot Noir.

The winery is located in the Osoyoos area, owned by Artisan Wine Co


Back Door Winery

Pieter Smits came out on a trip from Edmonton to visit his parents who own Sonoran Winery. He saw a property then sat abandoned for 7 years!  He bought it. His friends and family all said; “what are you thinking? The only good thing about that place is the back door!!”

However persistence and passion equals success

Beaufort Vineyard & Estate Winery

James Cameron & Suzy Amis Cameron purchased the Courtenay winery, on Vancouver Island in early 2014.

Mark and Freya Timmermans are the team running the winery.

They list 12 winning wines from the Canadian Nations.




Beaumont Family Estate Vineyard

Located in the Mt Boucherie region in West Kelowna. The owners are Alex and Louise Lubchynski. In 1995, five years after moving to the Okanagan, they acquired a lakeside cherry orchard and converted it to an organic vineyard.

They have three vineyards totalling 36 acres. They produce Pinot Noir Ice Wine among their wines.

 Scott, and Alana their children are involved in running the winery.

The wine labels each include a musical staff, along with musical reference on the back labels. “Everyone knows that music inspires wine.”


Black Cloud

Is the virtual Okanagan winery owned by winemaker Bradley Cooper and his wife Audralee Daum.

They specialize in Pinot Noir 

Bradley is currently the winemaker at Serendipity Winery in Naramata.



Black Dog Cellars

Located in Okanagan Falls was inspired by a passion for great wine and born from a vision and dream by Michael Haney after decades of wine travels.

Named after his beloved "Black Dogs" Boomer and Zoie, Black Dog Cellars released our very first wine in June 2010.

Focused on four main varietals. Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Chardonnay and Syrah. 

Black Market wine

Black Market Wine Co

Rob Hammersley and Michelle Shewchuk are the co-owners of this Okanagan Falls (virtual) Winery.

Fueled by passion, driven by perfection, unconstrained by tradition.

Black Swift vineyards.


Black Swift Vineyards

Black Swift Vineyards is a premium, single vineyard wine producer based on the rapidly evolving regions of the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys.

 Black Swift, is a name given to birds that are found from northern British Columbia in Canada through the United States and Mexico to Costa Rica and Brazil

Black Swift Vineyards is also part of Terrabella Wineries, Jesse Harnden is the main principle

Carbrea Vineyard

Located on Hornby Island

Owned and operated by Suzie and Stephen Bishop, it was a dream of Stephen to have a winery.

Stephen and Suzie grew up on the Island before leaving to pursue their careers. They returned in 1990
when the opportunity presented itself to purchase some agriculture land they could not resist.

The 4 acre vineyard was planted in 2002 and 2003. A selection of cool-climate varietals is grown here; Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Agria. The tasting room opened in 2006.

The wineries name comes from a combination of their daughter's names from my daughters’ names, Carlyn and Breanna

Castoro de Oro

Castoro de Oro

A small but unique winery in Oliver owned bu Bruno Kelle and Stella Schmidt. Their son is now part of the operation.

They produce award winning wines from vineyards along the Golden mile.

Chateau Beaufort

Yes there is a winery on Denman Island in BC's Gulf Islands. The principals at Chateau Beaufort - Noble are Max Campill de Wedges and his partner, Linda Elgert.

They grow Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zweigelt among others.

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This is part five in a series of Wineries We Would Like to Know Better. The series will take us through Ontario ( 1-4) then later into British Columbia.



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