A hostess gift of a bottle of fruit wine to an Armstrong family Christmas party in 1998 led to the opening of the Winery in British Columbia's interior gold country. Five years earlier, JoAnn Armstrong and husband, Gary, a veterinarian, acquired the Bonaparte Ranch just north of Cache Creek. Entrepreneurial JoAnn was looking for a business to develop on the Ranch and launched the Winery in 1999. The Armstrong's successfully mastered the art of producing fruit wines.
Using fruit grown on the Ranch, they make at least a dozen different wines, available primarily through the wine shop and the busy bistro.
The Winery takes its name from the Bonaparte River, which runs through the property. French fur traders named the river after Napoleon Bonaparte, who died in 1821.
The Winery's logo features the famous Uffington White Horse. The Armstrong family decided, with the logo, to represent JoAnn's ancestors who originated from the English countryside below the prehistoric hill figure.
The Bonaparte Ranch was originally founded in 1862 by a young Irishman, Philip Parke. The Ranch remained in the Parke family for four generations until it was sold by Alan Parke in 1993 to Dr. Gary and JoAnn Armstrong.
signature dark wine is our Blueberry Black Currant and our signature light wine is Rhubarb
Winemakers: JoAnn and Gary Armstrong
Philosophy: We seek to produce wine we enjoy drinking, made from clean fresh local fruit, with as few additives as possible