Wineries to Watch in 2015

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40 Knots

New owners Brenda Hetman-Craig and Layne Craig with a strong passion and high energy for success will make Comox's 40 Knots a winery to watch in 2015.

They want to build the winery into a tourist destination


50th Parallel Estate Winery

Its not their exciting new facilities thats makes 50th Parallel a choice for winery to watch in 2015. Its the wines!

The winery, located north of Carr’s Landing and on the east side of Okanagan Lake, made its first small vintage in 2011. Owned by Curtis Krouzel and Sheri-Lee Turner-Krouzel

Grant Stanley just keeps on producing great wines

Backyard Vineyards

The Fraser valley winery came on strong in 2014 with their new winemaker James Cambridge. James has worked for a number of great wineries, such as Henry of Pelham, Creekside Estate Winery, Summerhill Estate Winery, Le Vieux Pin, LaStella Estate Winery, and Fort Berens. He has the experience required to make Backyard an elite winery

The winery collected over 18 medal in just four competitions this year. Among them 2013 Gewürztraminer Its the way a Gewürztraminer should be made. Barbara Bell said its a perfect ten I scored it a 96


Bonamici Cellars

A virtual winery operating out of the Okanagan. It is owned by two very passionate wine enthusiasts, winemaker Philip Soo and Mario Rodi.

The experience of Philip Soo and his winemaking abilities will make this winery one to watch for in 2015.

CheckMate Artisanal Winery

Last year noted winery guru Anthony von Mandl purchased the highly regarded CedarCreek Winery

He also bought a vineyard and buildings south of Oliver renaming it CheckMate Artisanal Winery

How can this winery miss been one to watch for in 2015.

watch also for the Martin's Lane Winery

photo by Business Week

Corcelettes Estate Winery

Made a dramatic move at the end of 2014 purchasing Herder Winery & Vineyards. Corcelette will move its base of operation to the Keremos location. I have tasted a couple of their wines scoring them both over 90.

Cooper's Hawk Vineyards

located on 67 acres of land in the Lake Erie North Shore viticulture region. took home a silver medal earlier this month at the International Pinot Challenge against the worlds best. Winemaker is Rori McCaw

New facilites will be build in 2015. The aim is a destination winery, comfortable for foodies and families to visit, explore, sip and sample. The approach is a winery venture compatible with its surroundings, a picturesque setting with its wideopen vista of vines on a gentle slope .

The family run winery produces 20 varieties of wines, including chardonnay, riesling, rosé and cabernet-merlot, each reflect the potential for Cooper's Hawk to produce impressive vintages.


Daydreamer is a small family run winery based on the beautiful Naramata Bench in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada.
It was founded by Rachel and Marcus Ansems

It was a tasting event that convinced me that Daydreameers wines were ones to watch in 2015

Desert Hills Estate Winery

located on some of the most sought after terroir in the Okanagan, that of the Black Sage Bench, outside Oliver, BC

Desert Hills Estate Winery is a two time recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for excellence in winemaking and the winner of Canada’s Best Red.

Trophy, Best White Wine of the Year at All Canadian Championship


Forbidden Fruit Winery

Forbidden Fruit Winery is a family owned and operated boutique winery located on Ven’Amour Organic Farms, a certified organic tree fruit farm, vineyard and nature estate along the banks of the pristine Similkameen River in Cawston, British Columbia.

The winery is best known for its fruit wines but also produces some very good grape wines Caught”, an apricot mistelle, recently won a Gold Medal at the 2014 WineAlign National Wine Awards.

They become the first winery in the Pacific Northwest to win top medals in both the Grape wine and the Fruit Wine categories in the same wine competition!

Owners Steve Venables and Kim Brind’Amour generous donation of tasting fees helps Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship support land stewards and communities carry out important habitat conservation and improvement projects throughout the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys. 

Greata Ranch Estate Winery

Greata Ranch Vineyards, situated between Peachland and Summerland is owned by Ross Fitzpatrick . Who founded CedarCreek Estate Winery and recently sold it to Anthony von Mandl

The winery is now been transform into a Sparkling Wine House. Renovations will last into 2016 but the wines will be available

Happy Knight Winery

A winery located in Hatfield New Brunswick. Matt and Angela Guptill established the winery in 2010

They make fruit wines and mead.

Since their launch they have won a total of 12 national and Atlantic Canadian awards including Wine Align gold medal two years in a row for our Creme de cassis liqueur.  

They plan on building new facilities in 2015


Hinterland. Vicky Samaras and Jonas Newman decided to focus on sparkling wine from the start in 2007, and today make an excellent range of traditional (Les Etoiles; Rosé), charmat (Whitecap; Riesling) and ancestral (Gamay Ancestral) method bubbly. Quantities are always limited and wines sell out quickly

Among the many wineries that populate Prince Edward County, Hinterland is a hidden gem that I'm delighted to have stumbled upon. Their "Les Etoiles" sparkling brut wine is nothing short of remarkable, and I look forward to becoming acquainted with the rest of their offerings. Hinterland's wines add a sparkle to the PEC wine industry like no other

Rebecca LeHeup
Executive Director Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance


Le Clos Jordanne

Clos Jordanne was inspired by an original initiative by Inniskillin cofounders Donald Ziraldo and Karl Kaiser. In 1993, Inniskillin entered into a joint venture with Burgundian producer Jaffelin. Together they created limited edition VQA wines called "Alliance" made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes grown in Niagara. This reinforced Canada's ability to grow cool climate varieties in the Niagara region that are well known and respected in Burgundy, France

Two gold at 2014 All Canadian Wine Championships

Leaning Post Wines,

Niagara Peninsula: Owners Ilya and Nadia Senchuk have a great, family-run winery in the Stoney Creek region, one of the first wineries you hit as you enter the region. It started with a dream to take unique, interesting single vineyard blocks in Niagara and turn them into distinctive, terroir-driven wines. quit his “other” job as winemaker at Foreign Affair to devote his entire life to making his own good juice in Niagara.

Ilya has produced top notch varieties such as Syrah, Gamay, and Merlot, with an expanding portfolio that includes Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot, etc. The focus is on high-quality, low quantity wines.

Les Vergers de la Colline

5, Route 137 
St. Cecilia Milton 
Quebec J0E 2C

A closely knitted family operation since 1927 producing some of Canada's best ciders. All made under the skills of master cidermaker Marc Anthony

Lighthall Vineyards
Prince Edward County

Lighthall Vineyards is a low volume, high quality, family owned and operated winery opened in 2009

Traditional old-world techniques are used in the winemaking procedures. They are the only winery in the County using a concrete fermentation vessel for their reds – this allows both for typically healthier fermentations as a result of the oxygen penetration into the tank through the porous concrete, as well as temperature moderation by preventing sudden spikes in temperatures as a result of fermentation. Lighthouse wines are aged in French oak barrels exclusively.

Shawn McCormick writes owner Glenn Symons has quickly established himself as a force in the region, with stellar Pinot Noir & Chardonnay & Gewurztraminer. Always experimenting, he's turned Vidal from boring to fun in his Progression sparkling wine, and delighted fans with Muté, a fortified wine. With some new varieties planted, you can expect something new from Glenn almost every year!

Maverick Estate Winery,

A family winery, which just opened a tasting room this summer in Oliver.. Owner Bertus Albertyn’s wines are outstanding and deserve a much higher profile according to wine author John Schreiner.

Bertus is a very experience winemaker with agreat reputation for producing quality wines.

Muse Winery

11195 Chalet Road,
North Saanich, BC

It is amazing what Jane & Peter Ellmann have done with Saanich Peninsula since they purchased it in 2008. It is THE place to be. The tasting room is a very busy place due to thee quality of the wines and the Bistro Muse THE place to dine.

The ortega is the best I have tasted in years

Look out world the Muse Winery is puttting Saanich on the map


Okanagan Crush Pad

What can you say about Okanagan Crush Pad. It seems to make the News daily.

John Schreiner says "very creative winery with a rising number of good concrete aged wines. "

The Summerland winery, owned by Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie, is located on the 10-acre Switch­back Vine­yard site overlooking Lake Okanagan. In addition to their flagship wine, Haywire, Okanagan Crush Pad makes wines for people who are seeking to start their own winery.

Watch for a new line of wines called Narrative. Crafted by Michael Bartier and Matt Dumayne

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Oxley Estate Wines

Lake Erie North Shore: Owners Murray and Ann Wilson have recently opened and one of their first vintages of Chardonnay took a Gold Medal at the Shores of Erie International Wine Festival competition. Lovely wines and a lovely winery to visit. Great restaurant on site

Uncork Ontario 's Shawn McCormick likes this winery I think they will be a powerhouse in this region in the future.

Red Stone


Redstone Winery® is the latest venture by Moray Tawse and his award-winning winemaking team. Located in Beamsville.

With the Tawse reputation you know this is a winery to watch in 2015.


Their time has come. The Vineyard for the Riverview Cellars is located adjacent to the Lower Niagara River, it is a 25 acre property with approximately 900 vine/acre. The main focus of the vineyard is French and German cool-climate white varietals such as Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewurtramier, as well as other vines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Locals know this family run winery produces GOOD wines.

This is a winery to watch in 2015


Rosewood Estate Winery

This Beamsville, Ontario winery has risen through the ranks to be rate on of Canada's best wineries. Rosewood has set a new personal best, winning 16 medals at the competition with 1 Gold, 3 Silver and 12 Bronze awarded at the 2012 Canadian Wine awards This year a Trophy for , Best Red Wine of the Year all Canadian Championship 2012 Lock, Stock, & Barrel

Ross Wise is the winemaker.

Sea Star Estate Farm and Vineyards

Can hard work and determination make you successful! Owner David Goudge and his winemaker Ian Baker have proven it with their Pender Island winery

The fact that they have sold out of every wine in their cellar hightlights the quality of their wines.



Terravista Vineyards was started in 2008 by Bob and Senka Tennant. Bob and Senka have been in the BC grape/wine industry for the past 16 years. Senka as winemaker and Bob as vineyard and business operator. They were principals at Black Hills before it was sold.

Their Fandango 2014 was a Gold medal winner at the All Canadian Championships

The Figaro a blend of the three white Rhone grape varieties Roussanne, Viognier, and Marsanne demands mor attension han it recieves

Tightrope Winery

After years of studying and working for other wineries Lyndsay and Graham O'Rourke decided to open their own winery. It is on the Naramata Bench.

In a very short time they have already colledted a number of prestigous awards. Lyndsay is also the winemaker at Ruby Blues. In 2012 they won the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for their 2011 Viognier. Viognier is a signature wine at Tightrope

Time Estate Winery

This Okanagan winery is located on on of the best vineyards in the Okanage add the name of these three principals Bob Wareham, Richard Cleaves and Harry McWatters and it spells sucesss. The winery will open its grand new facility and tasting room next summer

The wines have already gained noted acclaim. I like their white Meritage

Vignoble Les Pervenches

A small three acre vineyard located in the Eastern Townships. Heart desire and perseverance makes for sucess

Véronique Hupin et Michael Marler believed they could produce good wines in Quebec including Chardonnay. Sorry they are all sold out.


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Emerging Stars - Honourable mention

Vignoble Coteau Rougemont - Quebec
Robin Ridge Winery - Keremeos BC
Montakarn Estate Winery - Oliver BC
Orofino -Cawston BC
Benjamin Bridge - Nova Scotia
Norman Hardie Winery Ontario
Two Sisters Vineyards Niagara-on-the-Lake
Back 10 Cellars - Ontario
Culmina Family Estate -Oliver
Five Rows Craft Wine- Niagaraís St. Davidís Bench

Special thanks to Fred Couch, Shawn McCormick and John Schreiner

Yes we may have missed some great wineries, if you wish to tell us about them we would love to hear from you

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