Wineries of Skaha Lake

View from Kra¯ze¯ Legz Vineyard and Winery

Birch Block Vineyards

Kaleden, British Columbia



Located in the small town of Kaleden on Skaha Lake west side. The winery is owned by Sarah and Murray Bancroft. In 2016 we planted 100 percent pinot noir vines from Dijon clones (115, 667, 777) on 3.5 acres of virgin land. They own a total of 5 acres. The winery is named for the large stand of white Birch trees along the top vineyard block.

They have both travelled to France extensively since their early 20s, and took their young daughters to Paris for a sabbatical year in 2016-2017. With a long-time interest in wine, Murray, or “the trained pallet” as he is call , has participated in both vendange (harvest) and winemaking in Champagne and Bordeaux, and continues to return every year. While working as an international culinary consultant, he spent evenings and weekends studying viticulture at California’s U.C. Davis. For her part, Sarah enjoys “researching” wine (especially rosé) with friends and family any day of the week.

Winemaking Philosophy:“less is more” philosophy, employing natural winemaking practices with minimal intervention 

Black Market Wine Co

198 Spruce Ave


A new winery owned by Rob Hammersley and his wife Michelle Shewchuk. To start their own venture, the couple teamed up with winemaker Mark Simpson, who makes superbly crafted wines under BC Wine Studio umbrella, his Okanagan Falls winery. They make about 1800 cases.

New tasting room opening spring 2020.

At Black Market Wine Co. we’re all about breaking the rules set up by the traditional wine making establishment. Small and nimble, we seek opportunities that others often don’t. We know the land, the climate, and the people. We explore the valley’s vineyards, we kick tractor tires while talking shop with local farmers, and we make wine because we love it – the art and perfection of it.

Winemaker: Mark Simpson BCWine Studios

Blasted Church Winery

378 Parsons Road
RR #1 S-32 C-67
Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R0

Perched high on a rolling hillside that cascades into Skaha Lake, this is undoubtedly one of the most majestic vineyard sites in the valley. Blasted Church is owned by Chris and Evelyn Campbell. The winery selected its name from the history of the land. the winery was built where there once stood a church. The citizens of Okanagan Falls wanted to dismantle the church and bring it closer to town to accomplish this the church was blasted with dynamite sticks inside in order to "loosen the nails".

The winery produces about 19,000 cases a year from its own 17 hectare (42 acre) vineyard) and local vineyards. The winery's label design concept is one of the most talked about.

The winery has won numerous awards including Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines, for its 2012 Holy Moly Petit Verdot. Cabernet Merlot 2008 took home the grand prize by winning the red wine of the year at the 2011 All Canadian Wine Champs

Signature wine: Hatsfield Fuse

Winemakers: Mark Wendenburg and Elaine Vickers

Crescent Hills Winery

205 Spruce Road
Penticton, British Columbia


Located at the north end of Skaha Lake . This places at the south end of Penticton. Owned by Teresa Murray Wiseman, whose father Glennallyn Murray bought the land and planted the vineyard in the 70s with all German clones. They were among the first the first vineyard in Penticton and among the very first in the Okanagan producing Gewürztraminer.

Glennallyn also had the first wine  tour bus which only went to his place and then later to Langs 

We are very small and humble but have big pride! The good Kind from tons of hard work ,minimal vineyard practices,hand picked and hand crafted wines.

signature wine is Glennallyn ( named after my father!) a Gewürztraminer.in

Winemaker: Russel Wiseman
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Kra¯ze¯ Legz Vineyard and Winery

141 Fir Avenue
Kaleden, BC V0H 1K0

Krāzē Legz Vineyard and Winery is a family owned and operated estate winery. Gerry and Susan Thygesen visually differentiated this winery from its peers by adopting a Roaring 1920s theme.  The winery’s whimsical name is meant to suggest the “legs” formed on the inside of a wine glass after the wine is swirled. It is the first winery to open in Kaleden. Susan and Gerry purchased the property in 1995 but did not plant the vineyard until 2007. They grow Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc

Winemakers: Gerry Thygesen

Lakeboat Vineyard and Winery

236 Linden St

Tara Widden was a traverler who loved to taste wines in the various regions she visited. Tara is a former lawyer who gave that carreer help to raise her three daughters. She became involved in renovating houses and bought one for that purpose in Kaleden. It just so happened to next to the former Topshelf winery.

Tara took over the vineyard hiring professional to reestablish the vineyard. The 3.5 acre vineyard has Pinot Gris, Merlot and Chardonnay. Tara expects to open her winery in 2022.

The name comes from her love of the longboat history on the lake.


Lixiere Estate Winery

266 Highway 97
Kaleden, BC V0H 1K0

After 17 years growing grapes Lixiere has decided to produce their own premium wines. Lixiere Estates Winery is located in the small historic community of Kaleden just 8 miles south of Penticton, in the Okanagan Valley.

Balvir Grewal  is the owner. The Grewal family has been residing in the Okanagan since they immigrated to Canada almost 40 years ago.  The family has been growing grapes for Gray Monk winery for over 17 years. Balvir Grewal has been involved hands-on with the growing of the grapes from day one. He has bought numerous acres of land and turned the land into vineyards over the years.

They currently have planted over 20 acres Production is 600 plus with expansion coming soon.

signature wines a rosé which is made from 100% cab-franc grapes

Winemaker Phil Soo
Philosophy: Time, care, and diligence

Painted Rock Estate Winery

400 Smythe Road
Penticton, BC V2A 846




The vineyard, growing about 50,000 vines, has been developed on property south of Penticton and east of Skaha Lake that old-timers still call Braeside Farms. 60-acre Blackhawk property is owned by John Skinner. It was decided to plant the primary red components of the classic Bordeaux blends, including a small planting each of Malbec and Petite Verdot to provide spice for their blend and to broaden blending options for their winemaker

The winery's initial release is about 750 cases each of Red Icon and Merlot, 800 cases of Syrah, 320 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon and 175 cases of Chardonnay. John's target for full production is about 5,000 cases a year.

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.

The tasting room was a winner at the 2014 Architecture Design Awards, in the smooth metal wall panels category!

John Skinner was named entrepreneur of the year in 2013 by Ernst and Young

The winery exports to Ontario, Alberta, Tokyo and China

Signature wines: Merlot Chardonnay, Syrah, Cab Sauv and a blend Red Icon

Consultant: Alain Sutre

Philosophy: "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 Our 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."

Pentâge Winery

4551 Valleyview Road, 
Penticton, BC  V2A 8V8


Located on the Skaha Lake bench that runs along the lakes east side. Owned and operated by Paul Gardner & Julie Rennie.  It all began in 1996, already a home winemaker, Paul’s dream was to one day open a winery in the Okanagan Valley. They have 23acres Vistaridge vineyard and a 12 acre Dirty Dozen” Vineyard .

The first vineyard, the site of our winery, was purchased in 1996. This 23 acre property located on Skaha Bench (overlooking Skaha Lake) in Penticton, BC was planted in 1997 with 6 acres of vines consisting of the following varietals: Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Gamay.

Affectionately called the “Dirty Dozen” Vineyard – the 12 acre property was purchased in the Fall of 2006. Located on Skaha Bench, just a minute away from our winery, 8 acres of this property was planted in the Spring of 2007 with the following varieties: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Grenache Noir, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier, and last but not least Tempranillo (hence the name with the dozen different varieties we planted). 

It started out as a mini-weekend get-away to the Okanagan and the weekend turned into a real estate quest when we happened to stumble upon 4400 Lakeside Road.  At that time the property was an abandoned orchard – “it had everything right wrong with it” said Paul. With his vision and immense passion…..the dream started to unfold.  The land was contoured in 1996 and Spring of 1997 our Vista Ridge Vineyard was planted.  Our first vintage was a small lot of 1999 Syrah and the rest is history…

Play Estates

507 Skaha Hills Dr.
Penticton, BC
V2A 0A9


Play Estate Winery is a passion project for Jason Pechet (CEO of the iconic Stagewest Hospitality brand) and long time collaborator and sommelier Mohamed Awad (General Manager, and Wine Maker). For years the two business partners talked about opening a winery in the picturesque Okanagan region. They could never find the perfect vineyard site until Mohamed stumbled upon the Skaha Lake location and immediately put in a call to Jason. The location is at the north end of the lake.

Play Estate will feature an iconic modern architectural building that will house a wine shop and tasting lounge, indoor/outdoor bistro with function space, and a 14 acre vineyard. Wine varietals will be Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat, and Viognier. Play Estate Winery is projected to produce approximately 4,000 cases in 2016.

Stage West Hospitality is building and will operate Play Winery; and are honoured to have Mohamed Awad as general manager of the property. Awad is well known in the Okanagan as he managed the Spirit Ridge Resort and Vineyards in Osoyoos and is a former manager of the Black Hills Estate Winery.


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They make icewine. Their wines are made at the Pentage Winery. REBEL pi is owned by British Entrepreneur  and author Jackie Fast best known for founding agency Slingshot Sponsorship.

REBEL Pi is about the journey and forging new experiences for those who are fatigued with the average

They have produced a Roussanne Icewine a rather grape in BC even rarer icewine.

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Topshelf Winery

236 Linden Avenue
Kaleden, BC V0H 1K0

Sold renamed Longboat Vineyard and Winery

The name comes from a hockey term ( the shooter put the puck topshelf on the goalie) owner Leonard and Myra Kwiatkowski come from Saskatchewan and were hockey parents.

Myra, who cooked professionally in Saskatchewan hospitals, took the Okanagan College winemaking course and with the help of a consultant, made her first vintage in 2010

When Leonard retired for the first time in 2000, the couple bought a fishing lodge on a secluded inlet near Sechelt, BC. They enjoy boating and fishing but, in time, they found the lodge too remote. They sold it in 2008, buying a property in Kaleden where a previous owner had once pastured horses. Leonard considered the agricultural potential of the sandy loam soil. After deciding against cherries – he preferred not to climb ladders to harvest fruit – he planted vines in 2010.


Vindicated Cellars

Skahal Lake

The winery is owned by Jeff Del Nin. The Winery's name is Vindication Cellars and is located near Skahal Lake. The winery is not open to the public.

I was a Canadian living and making wine in Australia. I came to BC on a vacation with my wife and we toured through the Okanagan Valley.  We were so impressed by the potential of this region that we uprooted our life in Australia, sold everything, and moved here to make wine. I have invested everything I have, and all of my energy in making wine in this spectacular part of the world. I believe the wines I am producing truly Vindicate my decision to move here. - Jeff Del Nin

It was in In 2007, Jeff started making wine under his own label, Vindication Cellars. The power and concentration of my red wines has become legendary in select circles. He planted 3 acre vineyard on the east side of Skaha lake just south of Penticton.  This was done so that Jeff could plant the varietals that he believe are the future of BC wine: Pinot Nero (made from Italian clones of Pinot Noir) and Teroldego. I also wanted to pioneer new clones and grape varietals from Italy, which is part of my family heritage.

Signature wines: Pinot Nero, Teroldego.

Winemaker: Jeff Del Nin
Philosophy: My goal is to produce intensely flavoured, authentic wines that capture the essence and unique characteristics of the vineyard site. It is my vision that these wines should stand amongst the best wines in the world.  I farm a modest parcel of land and I have divided it up into a very high number of smaller zones. I harvest each zone separately and make the wine into small lots. Everything is done by hand, or using only the most basic equipment.  This affords a closeness and intimacy with the wines and the soil that is only possible in a small, artisanal operation. When you drink my wine, you are sampling my vision, my passion, my struggles, and most importantly, you are connecting with the land through the wine.

photo credit John Schreiner


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