In was back in 1918 that Great Grandad Ward, George Ward, emigrated from England to Canada in the early 1900’s. In 1918 he moved the famly and movedto their new home an orchard on the out skirts of Kelowna. In 1922 Wards Packinghouse was built and became the main packing facility for neighbouring Southeast Kelowna orchardists.
In the 1970’s, grandsons Ted and Chris Turton took over ownership and management of the property and continued growing premium pears, cherries and dessert apples as well as vitis vinifera grapes.
They started to produce cider.
Today Wards Cider along with The View winery is run by his great Grandaughter Jennifer Turton-Molgat. Jennifer leads Wards daily operations and teams, including orchards, cellars, sales, marketing and guest services.
Kristy French, cider maker and winemaker, is a graduate of Western Australia’s Curtin University Wine Excellence Centre in Margaret River, with a Bachelor of Science in Viticulture and Oenology. Her winery career started at a historic winery on Swan River – located in the heart of Swan Valley, Australia. Since her move to Canada in 2006, Kristy has enjoyed working in both the wine and brewing industry. The Okanagan is the perfect home for Kristy as she pursues her passions for wine, food and the outdoors – including hiking, camping, fishing and snowboarding.
Gerry Drolet, has been the Orchard manger for over 35years. His passion and experience help make Ward's one of British Columbia's leading cider companies,
Wards Ciders are now distributed throughout the Pacific Northwest and feature an all-natural, farm crafted approach to cidermaking.