Painted Rock Estate Winery
400 Smythe Drive
Penticton, BC, Canada, V2A 8W6
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
It would be very hard to name another winery that has devolved as quickly as Painted rock the credit must go to a well designed business plant by John Skinner and of course to his wines.
The wines of Painted Rock have already become classic.
This month August 2013 the winery opened their new tasting room
As a child, John remembers digging for artifacts with his father near their home on Vancouver Island. John's father had a passion for archeology and when he passed away, John wanted to find a way to honour his memory. Recently, John came across an article from 1972 that featured his father after finding Indian artifacts buried in the Comox Valley. For John, this symbolized the relevance of history and the importance of place, and it has played a significant role in the philosophy, as well as the naming, of Painted Rock. 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.
John Skinner was named entrepreneur of the year in 2013 by Ernst and Young
Photo by John Schreiner
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