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Haywire Winery

Haywire Winery is the well tended wine project brought to us from marketing consultant Christine Coletta her husband, Steve Lornie, a well-known construction manager.  David Scholefield is the winery’s consultant and, as anyone in the BC wine industry knows, he comes with a bank full of applicable knowledge and industry connections.

On the winemaking side, the first vintage (2009) was made by Michael Bartier (previously at Road 13).  In August 2010 the winery added some international flair as Alberto Antonini joined the team as the oenologist.  Antonini studied in Bordeaux and at UC Davis and has names such as Antinori, Frescobaldi and Mondavi on his resume.  Antonini and Mark Wendenburg combined forces to make the 2010 vintage and for 2011 Bartier will be back in the wine cellar with Antonini.

In 2005 Haywire purchased an old orchard in Summerland with the mindset to plant vineyards and produce quality vino in the area, a region which had already proven to yield quality grapes and produce wines of distinction.

In 2010 a 2009 Pinot Gris was released and there will be more of this varietal in 2010, along with some Pinot Noir made from grapes grown in the Skaha region, close to Penticton.

Coletta and Lornie named the vineyard Switchback to celebrate the switch from losing money as apple growers to losing money as grape growers. This mixed up logic is why they have called the winery “Haywire”, referring to the mangled manner in which hay is bailed.

Let’s hope they at least have fun doing this, and while they may jest about financial loss, the pair are planners and I can’t imagine this couple randomly stepping out into anything other than a venture that looked profitable in some manner – perhaps even financial.

Coletta Consultants, Christine’s company, has successful and more importantly, creatively, marketed many other BC Wineries.  With some descent growing seasons and care in the vineyards, this up-and-coming winery will be one to watch, and the chance for Coletta to directly apply the knowledge she previously only shared with others.

Haywire Winery Pinot Gris 2009

A light-bodied and fresh number, the first from this Okanagan Winery.  Floral, green apple and peach aromas with flavours of lemon, lime, apple, peach.  A somewhat tart finish, this is a typical Gris from younger vines.  With another year to develop, these plants should produce wines of more depth, but there’s nothing preventing you from enjoying the inaugural vintage with some fresh oysters – accompany with a granny smith mignonette and you’re set for patio weather.

Technical Information:

Vintage: 2009
Status: VQA
Vineyard: Switchback
Variety: 100% Pinot Gris
Clone: 52
Fermentation: 100% Stainless Steel

Alcohol: 13.0
pH: 3.29
RS: 1.3
T.A.: 7.60

INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED WINEMAKER ALBERTO ANTONINI JOINS THE HAYWIRE WINERY TEAM

The Haywire Winery team is pleased to announce that Alberto Antonini has agreed to act as consulting oenologist for British Columbia’s newest winery.

Antonini toured the Okanagan Valley for the first time this past weekend, visiting vineyards (including the Switchback Vineyard and Hollenbach Vineyard) and working with owners Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie, and advisor David Scholefield to finalize winery construction plans and wine making protocols. Antonini was lured to the region by Scholefield, a long-time colleague and friend who has dreamed for years of finding the right place for Antonini to make wine in Canada.

“We are both delighted and humbled to have a person of Alberto’s global stature working with us here in the Okanagan,” Coletta said. “We were overawed at first. But hearing Alberto say ‘it’s essential to make wines that talk of the land, that have a sense of place and are more related to the people and their stories’ was very reassuring and validating after decades of hearing David Scholefield talk about ‘place not grape!’ and ‘wine is narrative!’ We know that the Okanagan has a great story to tell, and we know that Alberto is the perfect person to help us tell it.”

Alberto Antonini was born near Florence, Italy, and earned a doctorate degree in agricultural studies from the University of Florence. He later studied oenology at the Université de Bordeaux and UC Davis. His experience includes working as senior winemaker at Antinori and Frescobaldi in Tuscany, and at Robert Mondavi, Au Bon Climat and Qupé in California. He and partner Attilio Pagli founded the hugely influential consulting agency Gruppo Matura in 1996. Today, Antonini consults in many wine regions in Italy, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, California, South Africa, Portugal, Spain and Australia. At home in Tuscany, he lives at Poggiotondo, his 50-hectare estate in the western hills of Chianti, with his wife and three children.

Haywire Winery is located in Summerland, BC, where owners Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie established Switchback Vineyard in 2006. Their inaugural release, a 2009 Pinot Gris, hits the Vancouver market in August 2010. David Scholefield is a key member of the Haywire team, acting as wine advisor and industry liaison. His vast experience and invaluable relationships in the international wine community bring a fresh perspective to wine making in the Okanagan Valley. For more information visit www.haywirewinery.com.

To learn more about Haywire Winery, visit www.haywirewinery.com

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