Wineries of the Mount Boucherie Slopes
Mission Hill Family Estate
Beaumont Family Estate
2775 Boucherie Road
West Kelowna, BC V1X7R8
Located in Westbank's Lakeside neighbourhood (near Quails' Gate and Mission Hill).
The owners are former Albertans 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. In 1999 they received their Similkameen
Okanagan Organic Certification and in 2006 obtained a winery license. Today
they have 46,00 vines planted including Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir, Gewürztraminer
Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. Their daughter Alana is the winemaker.
The winery's labels each include a musical staff, along with
a musical reference on the back labels .There is a musical history within the family.
Long before Alex Lubchynski grew
grapes for a living, he played and sang with weekend bands in Alberta,
one of which was called The Twilighters. An excellent singer and
guitar player, Alex often turns Beaumont’s tasting room into a lively
Signature wines include Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir and Gewürztraminer
Winemaker: Alana Lubchynski
Ciao Bella Winery
3252 Glencoe Road
BC V4T 1M2
Ciao Bella Winery is a family owned and operated vineyard and winery in West Kelowna, BC. We are proudly producing Okanagan wines with Italian flair The Fiume family
originated from Italy where they had grown grapes for generation. They moved to Yellowknife operating a restaurant before moving to the Okanagan.
They have one of the oldest vineyards on the west bank
Signature wines : Focus on Pinot Noir Estate grown grapes, also planting Pinot Grigio in spring 2016
They have 3 wines, Pinot Grigio 2014, Pinot Rose 2014( won a SILVER for the Rose at the B.C Fall wine Festival when we were less than 2 months old) and Pinot Nero 2014 ( won Best Varietal- Best Pinot Nero(Noir) in British Columbia this Spring 2016. We also just got in the mail, a Silver medal for the Pinot Nero at the All Canadian Wine Championships
Winemaker: Jim Faulkner and Roberto Fiume
Philosophy: to make Italian style wines by growing the highest quality grapes grown in our own on site vineyard
2550 Boucherie Rd,
West Kelowna, BC,
The winery is owned by John Chang founder of Lulu Island Winery in Richmond BC. the 60,000 square ft (approx. 5575 square meter), Tuscany-style winery will provide an old-world Italian feel on the scenic Boucherie Road in West Kelowna’s famous wine country.
The facilities will feature 4 large open and spacious wine tasting rooms, a retail store, picture perfect outdoor gardens, picnic areas, easy access and ample parking for motor coaches plus 150 seat restaurant offering indoor and outdoor seating.
Mr Chang is a leading exporter of wines to China especially icewine.
His father was a farmer, and Mr.Chang decided to focus his entrepreneurial efforts in Canada on farming and winemaking. He had, in fact, first learned winemaking and fermentation techniques from his grandmother. Chang started to master his brewing skills humbly, combining those Chinese traditional wine methods he learned with modern Western technology and equipment.
He opened his winery as Blossom Winery in 2000, he moved it location and renamed it Lulu Island Winery in 2007. The winery makes up 15 acres, and features a wine shop and tasting rooms.
Indigenous World Winery
2218 Horizon Dr,
Kelowna, BC V1Z 3L4
Robert Louie is the Chief of the Westbank First Nation and he and his wife Bernice are the originators of the Indigenous World concept.
The Indigenous World Winery, which began releasing its wines fall 2015, is the second Okanagan winery with aboriginal ownership
Winemaker: Jason Parkes
Kalala Organic Vineyards
3361 Glencoe Rd
West Kelowna, BC
Founder and President Karnail Singh Sidhu left his native
India in 1993 with an Electrical Engineering degree and 25 years of experience in agriculture. Upon his
arrival in Canada,
Karnail moved to the pristine Okanagan Valley and started a family. He learned
his trade at Summer Hill Pyramid Winery developing organic techniques. The winery overlooks the lake, opening
5th of July 2008. The vineyards were deemed certified organic in September 2010.
Kalala is the name of the town where Karnail was born.
Kalala Organic Estate Winery won top spot in the Chardonnay du Monde competition in 2016 for its 2013 Chardonnay Icewine
Consultant Dr. Alan Marks Ph.D.
Philosophy: Let the terroir and varietal characteristics to be fully expressed by adhering to minimal
handling and gentle processing from growing to harvesting and to final vinification
Little Straw Vineyards Winery
2815 Ourtoland Road
West Kelowna, BC V1Z 2H7
This family-owned winery first opened in 1996 as Slamka Cellars, in 2004 it adopted the English translation of the family surname and continued to operate as Little Straw Vineyards.
The Slamka family farms approximately 15 acres of vines on a land base of 23 acres, with the most planted white variety being Sauvignon Blanc and the main reds being Pinot Noir and Marechal Foch. Other varieties grown include Auxerrois, Riesling, Viognier, Lemberger, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, and several aromatic whites used in the popular white blend Tapestry. Total production currently stands at about four thousand cases per year, with a preponderance of whites over reds
The wine shop is open year round, while the on-site bistro, The Barrel Top Grill, operates from late spring until early October
Signature wine: Tapestry
Winemaker: Peter Slamka
Philosophy: Good wines start in the vineyard.
Mission Hill Family Estate Winery
1730 Mission Hill Road
West Kelowna, BC V4T 2E4
One of the largest and fastest growing wineries in Canada,
the winery was founded in 1980 by Anthony von Mandl. Today it produces
over 200,000 cases of wine, with a world wide reputation. The Winery
was recently rebuilt and features an underground cellar. It sits at
the top of Boucherie Mountain with a magnificent view of the lake.
Mission Hill was named winery of the year in BC by Wine Press Northwest
The winery has numerous vineyards throughout the Okanagan.
Proprietor Anthony von Mandl and winemaker John Simes are very proud that
their 1999 Estate Chardonnay won the only gold medal awarded to a Canadian winery as part of the year's
Chardonnay du Monde competition in France.
The tour guides at Mission Hill tell an interesting story:
In an international wine competition Mission Hill was awarded the GOLD
but when the judges saw that the winner was a Canadian wine they
redid the contest. Guess who won again?
In 1984 they won the coveted Avery Trophy for 'Best Chardonnay in the World' at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) in the United Kingdom. Their list of achievements has continued to grow
In 1994 Mission Hill Family Estate put the Okanagan Valley on the map by winning the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London for 'Best Chardonnay in the World' and at the time the Master of Wine Judges were in such disbelief they re-tasted all of the wines and Mission Hill won a second time.
Mission Hill Family Estate Stuns the Wine World by Winning 'World's Best Pinot Noir' at Decanter World Wine Awards 2013
Mission Hill exports wine to the US, Europe, the UK and Asia.
Mission Hill owns Artisan Wine Company Rigmarole Wines,
and Wild Horse Canyon Wines are made by
Mission Hill produces the label Martin's Lane.
Martin's Lane was named in honour of Martin von Mandl, the late father of Mission Hill proprietor Anthony von Mandl.
CedarCreek Estate Winery is being purchased by von Mandl Family Estates, the new holding company of Anthony von Mandl, the owner of Mission Hill Family Estates.
Mission Hill’s Naramata Ranch. is a vineyard owned by Mission Hill on the Naramata Bench. Anthony von Mandl also owns the newly established CheckMate winery south of Oliver
WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada
Chief Winemaker: Darryl Brooker
The belief that balance is the most important
element in wine. John also strives to produce wines with New World ripeness
but Old World elegance. This is achieved in the vineyard by moderating yields
to suit the vintage's weather, and harvesting at optimum ripeness. In the winery,
oak is used with discretion, in a supporting role, in order to add complexity and
only on wines suited to barrique fermentation and maturation.
Their signature wine is a Bordeaux inspired blend, called Oculus. It is crafted from
only the highest quality grape clusters from designated blocks that are set aside and nurtured to maturity.
The fruit undergoes extended fermentation and maceration the wine is then aged in new and old French
barrels for a minimum of 14 months. A rich and deeply concentrated and powerful artisanal wine. It will
develop additional complexity over three to five years. It is so named Oculus, as it encapsulates the
vision Anthony von Mandl has for Canadian wines.
Artisan Wine Company
1730 Mission Hill Road
West Kelowna, BC V4T 2E4
Artisan has the same owner and operates from the same winery in West Kelowna as Mission Hill Family Estate.
Brands include Mission Ridge, Sonora Desert Ranch, Painted Turtle, Wild Horse Canyon, White Bear, 49 North,
B3, Fork in the Road, Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery and Rigamarole
In 2012 they added a new winery Stoney Slopes in Oliver
Mt. Boucherie Estate
829 Douglas Road
West Kelowna, BC V1Z 1N9
Located on the western slope overlooking Okanagan Lake. The Gidda family has grown wine
grapes in the Okanagan since 1968. They have a 20,000-square-foot facility for processing, fermentation and bottling overlooking the lake. Vineyard sites now include 80 acres near Cawston in the Similkameen
Valley, 40 acres in Okanagan Falls and 55 acres in the Westbank area.
winemaker Jim Faulkner and his team, produce 25,000 cases of wine annually featuring a total of 21 reds, whites and Icewines
2012 Un-Oaked Chardonnay won The Good Life Vancouver 's 2014 Canadian Oyster Wine Pairing Competition!
Sarwan Gidda left the winery to venture out on his own opening Volcanic Hills Vineyard & Cellars, next door to Mt. Boucherie. In the spring of 2016 the winery sold .
A group headed by Vancouver businessman Sonny Huang, took over Mt. Boucherie on March 30, 2016.
Winemaker Jim Faulkner
Off the Grid Organic Winery
3623 Glencoe Road
In the back hill of Historic Westbank not far from the local attractions the Paynters family established Paynters Fruit Market, and the Corner Fruit Stall. And now a winery. Their story and love of the land goes back 4 generations. the Paynters emigrated to Canada in 1909. The patriarch, Edwin Paynter, had trained as a lawyer in England but came to Canada with farming intentions.
Nigel and Travis Paynter and their wifes Sheri Paynter and Hayley Paynter own the winery.
Our decision to grow our grapes following certified organic guidelines stemmed from this devotion. Originally a fruit orchard, the family decided to be done with the many pesticides and move forward in a new, and more green, direction. The first vines were planted in 2007 in conjunction with two other family properties. Together we grow Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Zweigelt, Riesling, and Pinot Noir.
Winemaker: Sheri Paynter
: We believe in organic growing and sustainable growing practices
Quails' Gate Vineyard Estate Winery
3303 Boucherie Rd
West Kelowna, BC V1Z 2H3
Dick Stewart and his son Ben opened Quails' Gate Estate Winery in Kelowna, in 1989.
Their passion was Pinot Noir and the desire to prove red wines could flourish on the south-facing slope of
Mount Boucherie, the soil been a mixture of volcanic rock and clay.
In 1997 they rebuilt their winery incorporating modern technology with its heritage theme.
The Wine shop is situated in a carefully restored log cabin which was the original home
of Okanagan Valley pioneers John and Susan Allison who arrived in the area circa 1873.
The shop is open daily from 10am until 5pm and carries a full range of wine related products and
Quails' Gate is known as an industry leader in the area of viticulture and places
a huge emphasis on the development of exceptional wines through the research
of new experimental varietal clones and canopy management techniques with high-density plantings.
Since 1996 more than 60 acres have been planted with 75,000 new vines.
The Old Vines Patio Restaurant is now opened year-round under
Executive Chef Judith Knight.
Winemaker: Nikki Callaway
Philosophy:"Through careful management of our vineyard and the use of both old and new world techniques, we aim
to make varietal wines distinctly different to each other with the emphasis on producing
world class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay."
2306 Hayman Road
West Kelowna, BC V1Z 1Z5,
A small farm gate winery located in Lakeview Heights. Owned and
operated by Steve and Kirsty Dale. They selected the property for it's proximity to Kelowna, stunning view,
and great site for icewine production. The wineries name comes from the rolling hills and the name Dale.
The winery plans on specializing in icewines and to become a day resort for visitors and residents of Kelowna.
In 2013 Rollingdale announced it had become the first winery in North
America to accept Bitcoin, the controversial digital currency that was
launched in 2009
Signature wines: Pinot Blanc, Sweet Tooth Series Icewine and
Pinot Gris Sweet Tooth Series Icewine.
2010 International Organic Winery of the Year!
Winemaker: Steve Dale
Philosophy:Organic grapes taste best! Preserve the fruit.
Seven Directions Wine
2845 Boucherie Rd
West Kelowna, BC V1Z 2G6
Seven Directions Wine is virtual winery, owned and operated by Kristine Witkowski with Winemaking Consultant Daniel Bontorin, of Wine Country Consulting. Kristine and Daniel are a couple. They have a blended family of seven, it was a natural start of our name. When we thought of how we became the "Seven" of us, "Directions" was for sure the right answer. As with no 'directions' in life, we would never have met, so "Directions" was a perfect fit . The first vintage was 2012 to be release spring of 2013.
Seven Directions Wine is a Rose exclusive label. This makes Seven Directions
the only Rose exclusive winery in the Okanagan and BC
second wine label Bottega Wines™!
Bottega Wine Studiowas formed to be our new parent wine company for both Seven Directions Wine alongside our new wine brand Bottega Wines™ .
Winemaker Daniel Bontorin
Single vineyard designated rose` wines that showcase the many diverse micro climates that are found throughout the valley.
3225 Boucherie Road West
Kelowna, BC V1Z 2G9
The Hatch is part of Terrabella Wineries Ltd. which started in 2010. In 2011 they purchased Perseus Winery. Black Swift Vineyards in the Similkameen is also part of Terrabella Wineries, Jesse Harnden is the main principle.
How the name was chosen:
Through the hatch, we’re proud to showcase the diversity of the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys, and we do so by partnering with growers to showcase their land through our wines. In that sense, we will always be hatching new wines, new ideas, new labels, new sorts of fun all the time.
Winemaker: Jason Parkes
Philosophy: I just want the wines to taste like the grapes that they came from’ – Jason Parkes, Winemaker
Volcanic Hills Vineyards and Cellar
2845 Boucherie Rd
West Kelowna, BC V1Z 2G6
The winery is owned by Sarwan Gidda who helped co-found Mt.
Boucherie Estate. When Sarwan decided it was time to go out on his own his son Bobby designed the building. Bobby, who also previously worked
in the Mt. Boucherie cellar, designed Volcanic Hills, a $2.3 million
winery with geothermal heating and cooling. The expansive wine shop
is above the processing cellars, with a view of Okanagan Lake. He designed the winery's tasting room to be large
and accommodating for visitors.
Bobby Gidda, Christina Tumber, Sarwan Gidda, Harpreet Gidda, Amit Gidda are all part owners
The vineyard located on the slope has 30.3 hectares (75 acres).
The wines include Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and
icewine. The vineyard also has Zweigelt, Michurinetz and Marechal Foch
The winery’s 2010
rosé garnered a Lieutenant Governor’s
Award of Excellence. The rosé style is a
particular interest of Daniel Bontorin,
the Volcanic Hills winemaker. He has his
own label, Seven Directions Wine, making only rosé
Winemaker Daniel Bontorin
Philosophy: We believe in making wine with minimal interference and low impact techniques, to show case varietal characteristics, through our sustainable grape growing practices. It is also very creative when it comes to making "very unique and unusual blends".
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