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More than two dozen wineries in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys are included on the growing itinerary of stops available on a unique new Heli-Wine Tour service offered by West Kelowna-based Valhalla Helicopters.

Up to four people at a time can charter a Bell-206 chopper from Valhalla, leaving Kelowna International Airport for a total of six hours for their own private excursion – including two hours of scenic flying time over the valleys and lakes.

The wine lovers select whichever wineries they want to visit, from Valhalla’s list of 27 wineries which have agreed to receive the tours.  The wineries are located in Kelowna, Winfield, Summerland, Naramata, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Osoyoos and Cawston.  Cost of a tour, including taxes, is $2,500.

Teshia Venables, Forbidden Fruit’s Media & Marketing Manager, told the Keremeos Review that one recent heli-wine tour group at her winery “was having the time of their lives and were literally blown away by our scenic valley.  In terms of people numbers, it may not be big, but their word-of-mouth about what they’ve seen in the valley will be huge.”

For more information see: www.valhallahelicopters.com.


Ten wines have been named winners of 2011 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in BC Wines.  They were chosen from among this year’s total entries of 309 wines from 83 wineries across the province.

This is the ninth year of the Awards program, begun in 2003 by then Lieutenant Governor Iona Campagnolo.  It honours excellence in wines made 100 per cent from grapes grown and processed in the province.

Any BC winery can enter.  A tasting panel of wine critics and journalists is held in the middle of June.  The panel selects wines they feel have achieved “excellence”.   Winners are announced in early July.  His Honour, The Honourable Steven Point visited the winning wineries at the end of July to present the Awards.  Winning wines are entitled to use the Lieutenant Governor’s Award logo for advertising.

This year’s winners are:

  • Howling Bluff Estate Winery – 2009 Pinot Noir
  • Laughing Stock Vineyards – 2010 Pinot Gris
  • Mt. Lehman Winery – 2010 Viognier Reserve
  • Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery – 2008 Syrah
  • Red Rooster Winery – 2008 Meritage
  • Sandhill – 2009 Small Lots Syrah
  • St. Hubertus Estate Winery & Oak Bay Vineyard – 2009 Dry Riesling
  • Stoneboat Vineyards – 2009 Pinot Noir
  • Sumac Ridge Estate Winery – 2006 Steller’s Jay Brut
  • Volcanic Hills Estate Winery – 2010 Rosé
  • Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery – 2010 Mystic River Pinot Blanc

Poplar Grove Winery opens new doors

Poplar Grove Winery has just opened a brand new, 9500 square foot, state-of-the-art winery on top of Munson Mountain at the gateway to the Naramata Bench.  The new winery space is home to a working winery, showcase barrel hall and an expansive tasting room.

Location:             425 Middle Bench Road North, Naramata Bench, Penticton, BC

Vineyards:           110 estate acres (60% Naramata Bench; 40% East Bank Osoyoos)

Owners:               Tony Holler, Ian Sutherland and Barrie Sali

Winemakers:       Ian Sutherland, Stefan Arnason and Nadine Allander

Viticulturist:        Valeria Tait

Visitors can tour the barrel hall, sample Poplar Grove’s award- winning wines and enjoy a picnic on the viewing deck overlooking Penticton’s scenic waterfront.  Artisanal cheeses, meats & breads are available.  The restaurant and professional kitchen are part of the phase two opening and are expected to be ready early spring 2012.

The winery was designed to intertwine with the natural landscape and topography.  Poplar trees, lavender, iris and Russian sage are being planted on the property in order to incorporate the local flora into the winery landscaping. Within the new estate vineyards, Poplar Grove planted foundation plants to harmonize with biodynamic principals, including hard fescue, red clover and bluegrass.  The vineyard edges are lined with crested wheatgrass, wild mustard and annual rye.  The decision to move towards a biodynamic estate vineyard stemmed from evidence that quality could be increased through the use of biodynamic principles that add an extra dimension to a natural farming process.

“Tony Holler said, “We are thrilled with our new winery!  The whole team at Poplar Grove has been involved in every aspect of the design and function of this exciting project. Our goal has been to build an iconic winery on our new location on Munson Mountain. The new property looks over both the Okanagan and Skaha lakes; from the viewing deck we can see the waterfront from Penticton to Peachland. This building is the legacy to our journey to produce world class wines from our estate vineyards in the Okanagan Valley.”

Ian Sutherland recently stated, “The best part of my day is showing people around our new winery.  I couldn’t be more pleased with how it has turned out.  I love it when people drop in for a glass of Merlot.”

About Poplar Grove Winery

One of the original 5 wineries on the Naramata Bench, Poplar Grove began in 1993 as a boutique winery. Quite literally a “garagiste”, Ian Sutherland began making wines out of his garage.  In 2007, Tony Holler became majority owner and president. Ian Sutherland and Barrie Sali complete the newly defined ownership team. Tony Holler & his wife Barb Holler brought with them 110 acres of prime vineyard throughout the Okanagan, which allows Poplar Grove to produce 100% estate grown top quality wines. Over the years, Polar Grove Winery has gained a far-reaching reputation for producing quality wines and winning numerous medals – three of which include the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence (2002 Cabernet Franc and 2007 Syrah) and a gold medal at the 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards (Syrah 2008).

About Biodynamic Farming
Biodynamic farming principals focus on a holistic approach to planet earth. The term “biodynamic” is derived from the Greek ‘bio’ meaning life and ‘dynamic’ meaning changing force. A biodynamic winery employs a natural approach to farming that involves attaining a healthy living soil and balanced vines that are in harmony with nature without upsetting the delicate balance of nature. A biodynamic winery uses only natural pest repellents and no synthetic herbicides.

McWatters Collection Inaugural Release

Canadian Wine Pioneer Begins Another First With New Okanagan Wine

Harry McWatters, a driving force in the development of British Columbia’s wine industry, is pleased to announce the launch of his own estate wine, McWatters Collection, from one of the Black Sage Bench’s first vinifera vineyards, originally planted in 1993. The first release of the McWatters Collection is a 2007 Meritage, with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc releases planned in the future.

One of the most highly awarded vineyards in the country, the Sundial Vineyard (formerly named Black Sage Vineyard) is located on the Black Sage Road in the southern part of the rugged desert-like Okanagan Valley.  The region enjoys long hot days and cool nights, ideal for cultivating vinifera grapes.  Farmed sustainably since McWatters first purchased the land almost two decades ago, the vineyard is comprised of 60 acres, with varietals grown including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.  The planting of traditional Bordeaux grapes by McWatters and Viticulturist Richard Cleave in the early 1990s was the largest to take place ever in Canada at that time. A risky move for the time, as classic red Bordeaux varieties had yet to be planted in the region in any quantity.  The Black Sage Bench now totals more than half of the planted area in the Okanagan Valley with approximately sixty percent in red varieties.

“Having started in the wine business over 40 years ago, I have devoted my life’s work to establishing the Okanagan Valley as an outstanding vinifera grape growing region.  My vision with the McWatters Collection is to craft premium wine that reflects the unique Black Sage terroir and leaves a lasting legacy for future generations,” said Harry McWatters.  “I still have a lot of ‘firsts’ to achieve and crafting our own estate wine from one of the first vinifera vineyards planted on the Black Sage Road has been a dream of mine since I first acquired the property in 1992.”

“Harry McWatters and I share the same philosophy towards producing outstanding, well-balanced fruit, which only comes from vines that are in balance as well.  Thus we’re very thorough in vineyard management whether through limiting water use, cropping, or leaf plucking, which yields grapes with full phenolic ripeness, good sugar balanced with acidity, and full tannin development,” said Dick Cleave, veteran Viticulturist.  “I’ve been working with Harry from the start in 1993 and believed from the beginning, that the Black Sage Vineyard could grow excellent red Bordeaux grapes despite naysayers from Agriculture Canada who said it wasn’t possible.  I’ve lived and worked here for more than three decades and wine sourced from the Black Sage Bench now quite frankly speaks for itself.”

Harry McWatters is a pioneer in the thriving British Columbia wine industry in which he has been involved for over 40 years. He was founder of British Columbia’s first estate winery, Sumac Ridge Estate Winery, in 1979. One year later, he led a group of hospitality industry businesses to establish the Okanagan Wine Festival Society, where he sat as founding president. He is the founding chair of the British Columbia Wine Institute (BCWI) and is founding chair of the B.C. Wine Information Society.  McWatters was also instrumental in founding VQA Canada, a trade association that spearheaded the development of national wine standards for Canadian vintners, and served as the first Chairman. He is also the founding Chairman of the British Columbia Hospitality Foundation.

A limited allocation of the McWatters Collection is available in BC only at select restaurants in Metro Vancouver, Whistler, and the Okanagan including the Top Table Group (West, Araxi, Blue Water, Cin Cin), Gramercy Grill, Local Restaurant • Grille.  The wine can also be found at fine wine shops such as Everything Wine in Metro Vancouver, Local in Summerland Park Royal’s Village Liquor Store, and in the Interior at Great Canadian Liquor Warehouse and Fernie Mountain Spirits for an approximate retail price of $25. Or via mailing list at wine@harrymcwatters.com.

Grown in the sandy loam soils of the southern Okanagan Valley’s Black Sage Bench, our Sundial Vineyard wines are made from sustainably grown estate fruit, hand harvested and handcrafted in small lots of under 1000 cases.  We are stewards of the land and our wines are truly a reflection of what’s in the ground.  Our vineyard’s unique terroir lends special characteristics to the wines, imparting a tropicality and lusciousness to the whites and intense velvety texture, spiciness, and richness to the reds.  One of the most highly awarded vineyards in the country, grapes sown in our soil have garnered countless Canadian and international wine accolades. The McWatters Collection wines are best shared with friends. www.harrymcwatters.com

News from Pentage

2011 B.C. Winery of the Year!

The results are in from The All Canadian Wine Championships 2011.   We are a proud recipient of 4 new medals:

Double Gold (Best in Category) – Viognier 2009

Gold—Pinot Gris 2010

Gold—Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Silver—Chardonnay 2007

To view the complete competition results click here.

If you blink you’ll miss the PINK! ONLY 35 CASES

Rosé 2010 – made from 100% Gamay grapes this wine is a vibrant cherry red color with aromas of wild strawberries and ripe raspberries..  Burst of berry flavors carry thru on the palate.  A beautiful summer sipper.

Other New Releases

Viognier ’09 –  This wine is pale gold in color with aromas of ripe apricot and pineapple, stone fruit with touch of orange blossom and tangerine. Fresh and crisp – intense flavours of tropical fruit mingle on the palate. This well balanced Viognier went up against Canada’s best at the All Canadian Wine Championships and received the only Double Gold.  If you haven’t fallen in love with Viognier yet…. now’s your chance.

Syrah ‘09 – This Syrah was co-fermented with a small amount of Viognier.  Dark purple in color with aromas of ripe raspberry, blackberry, spice and enticing floral notes.  The palate is full of toasty cocoa, dark berry with a hint of spice.  Soft silky tannins with excellent length.

Library Releases

We held back a few cases of our Merlot ‘05 and Sauvignon Blanc ‘08 ……after hiding them for months we decided to crack open a bottle of each.  We are very pleased with the wines….. perfect for patio dinners this summer.  Limited quantities available on each.

Sauvignon Blanc ‘08 – Under cork this wine has aged perfectly.  Aromas of stone fruits rise from the glass.
On the palate granny smith apples and citrus notes mingle with a touch of minerality.  Fresh and lively.

Merlot ‘05 – Deep ruby red in color, with aromas of dark fruit, cedar and forest floor.  Intense flavors with soft supple tannins.  Long clean finish.

Martini Anyone?

Looking for a deliciously easy martini recipe as your new party starter……..

1oz Pentâge Icewine

2oz Vodka

Garnish with frozen grapes

Absolutely fabulous!

De Vino Winery Opens for the Summer

The 2011 De Vine Taste Experience

As the sun finally shines upon the breathtaking beauty that is the Saanich Peninsula De Vine welcomes all of you back to our Tasting Room at our Vineyard
(map) as we unveil our exciting new wines for this late but truly beautiful season. During our first few weeks open you have waited patiently with us and our Pinot Noir “the Vixen” as the rest of our wines inched to perfection. Now to entice your palette the notes for each of our newly released wines can be found below the bottle tease of our now sold out first vintage Pinot Blanc. From all of us at De Vine we look forward to seeing all of you as the summer season draws you to another new wine adventure.

2009 Pinot Noir, The Vixen.
The near-perfect grapes for this single barrel of Pinot Noir came from Washington State.—a lot so ripe yet balanced that it was impossible to pass up. This wine is a classic Burgundian-style Pinot with rich aromas of cherry and blackcurrant, a kiss of French oak, and a lingering finish. A truly elegant wine to pair with grilled salmon, leg of lamb, or a mild curry.

2010 Viognier, Liquidity Vineyards:
Partially barrel-fermented and aged in French oak, this wine shows complex aromas that mingle honeysuckle, grapefruit, and stone fruit. It has a bright, “snappy” finish in the style of a French Viognier, and pairs well with grilled fish, roast chicken, and Asian dishes.

2010 Dornfelder, Liquidity Vineyards:
Rich garnet in colour with enticing red-berry aromas, and a touch of spearmint. A juicy, blackberry flavor with a mouth-watering shot of fresh-fruit acidity. The finish reveals just a hint of sweetness, but the wine could pass as dry. Fresh fruit and crisp acidity make it a
good match with a range of red meat, poultry and cheese.

2010 Epiphany, Dessert Wine
What happens when barrel-fermented Chardonnay meets an aged brandy? An epiphany! The nose of this off-dry dessert wine presents aromas of ripe tangerine and a hint of vanilla; the taste delivers the warm, luscious heat of a baked apple. Serve chilled with a fruit or cheese plate.

Vista D’Oro – News from the farm

Happy Spring! Finally! We’ve had crazy weather this past month, from hail storms to days of such heat, that the greenhouse was (almost) unbearable, but at long last it looks like spring is here to stay!

Funny but the above was cut and pasted from last May’s newsletter and it applied to this May as well!! Really hoping that the blue sky I see out the window today lasts until October !!

Lots of excitement around the farm the last few months to tell you about. First and foremost…we’ve moved!! Well not really, but the Farmgate Shop & Tasting Room has. We’ve renovated the original farmhouse on the property to the west of us, you’ll now be entering in off of 208th Street (no more pot holes!!) We’ve also just received our ‘Picnic License’ from the LCLB, more on that below. Tugboat Media is putting the finishing touches on our new website, can’t wait to see the finished product; and last, and most importantly we’ve added to our team, more Vistadorian’s to welcome you to the farm, be sure to say ‘hi’ to Kenzi & Benedict when you stop by!

The original farmhouse reno’s are complete (mostly) and we’ve moved the cheese cooler in! Our new Farmgate Market & Tasting Room is now located at 346 – 208th Street (right next to the old Dairy Barn) come see the finished result…

Our new hours are…

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and SUNDAY!! 11am until 5pm

Picnic Menu & Fresh Sheet

Spring 2011

Create your own custom picnic, choose a wine from our new ‘by the glass’ list or try the Vista D’oro Sangria and join us on the deck or under the walnut trees for a picnic with a view of gold!


Farmhouse Cheese Gougères

Sugar & Spiced Nuts

Artisanal Cheese Plate with Vista D’oro Preserves

Moccia Urbani Charcuterie plate with Vista D’oro Preserves

Dips & Spreads

Curried Hummus with Crostini

Smoked Salmon Pâté with Crostini

Fresh Mango Salsa with Tortillas

Salads & Such

New Potato & Lox Salad

Vista D’oro Chopped Salad – Figs/Walnuts/Capra D’oro Cheese

Spring Pasta Salad – Peas/Tarragon/Asparagus/Lemon

Spring Savory Galette – Asparagus & Goat Cheese

Flatbread – Fig Preserves/Tiger Blue Cheese/Prosciutto

Muffaletta Baguette – Daily Creation


Spring Sweet Galette – Rhubarb & Vanilla Bean

Fleur de Sel Chocolate Crisps

Pastry – Daily Creation

Picnic Menu available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 11am until 5pm

Upcoming Events & Tastings

June 4th – Cork, Canvas & Cuisine – Richmond Centre – richmondhospitalfoundation.com

June 20th – Les Dames d’Escoffier Fundraiser Cooking Class @ Northwest Culinary Academy with Pear Tree & Vista D’oro www.nwcav.com

July 21st – TASTE Victoria – VictoriaTaste.com

For updated event listings be sure to check our website events page vistadoro.com/events.html

News from Wild Goose Winery #BCWine

It has been a long time coming, but I can assure you that the wait will be well worth it! We have now released the 2010 vintage of white wines. Although the overall vintage is down in size, the quality is outstanding! Despite the challenges that we all faced with the 2010 growing season, the adjustments we made in the vineyards to crop size paid off in a big way. Winemaker Hagen Kruger said, “with the beautiful September and October that Mother Nature gave us, it made up for any short falls that we suffered earlier in the year, the fruit concentration is unbelievable with this vintage! The natural acids of the 2010 vintage give a lovely back bone to the wines making them some of the best wines we have seen from the Okanagan in years”

The new releases include:

• God’s Mountain Riesling
• Riesling “Classic”
• Mystic River Pinot Blanc
• Blanc de Noirs(limited release)
• Gewurztraminer
• Mystic River Gewurztraminer(very limited release)
• Pinot Gris(June release)
• Autumn Gold (June release)
• Stoney Slope Riesling
• Botrytis Affected Riesling(BA)(June Release)
• Total Botrytis Affected Riesling(TBA) (June Release)

Screw The Cork?

It was bound to happen sooner or later. After dabbling with screw caps for many years, Wild Goose bottled its entire 2010 white wines under screw cap. Though it was not an easy decision, we jumped full bore into the project. With the positive response from the consumer and media that we have been having recently towards screw caps, the decision was made and no cork pullers will be needed for our 2010 whites! We are still using natural corks on our red wines and a decision will be made next spring as to whether or not our 2010 reds will be” screwed or corked!” We will keep you posted!

New Vintage….New Label!

It has been ten years since we made any changes to our label, and since we were making changes to our closures, we thought, “why not do a little fine tuning on our label?”  With some help from a graphic designer, our label has been slightly “freshened” up, giving the entire label a bright, fresh, and clean look!

Wild Goose Wins “Top B.C. Gewurztraminers!

The Wild Goose Vineyards Mystic River Gewurztraminer 2010 was chosen by a panel of 32 B.C. winemakers as the best Gewurztraminer at this year’s Okanagan Wine Festivals Best of Varietal Competition held recently in Penticton. The wines were blind tasted with only one winner in each varietal category being awarded. The Wild Goose Gewurztraminer 2010 was chosen as a close runner up!!  Other recent medal wins:

  • Taste B.C.-Autumn Gold 2009-Gold
  • Taste B.C.-Pinot Gris 2009-Gold

With competition season newly upon us, future medal listings will be posted on our website

Total Botrytis Affected Riesling(TBA) 2010…Coming Soon!

Our very rare total botrytis affected Riesling (TBA) has been bottled and is awaiting some time in the bottle before release.  This wine, produced from shriveled and raisined grape berries will be released in mid to late June, everyone that has been added to our waiting list will be contacted when the wine is released.  Only 156  half  bottles were produced.  A few bottles still remain;  please contact the winery if you are interested in this classic wine.

Spring Release Shipping Discount!

If you are looking to order Wild Goose wines between now and June 15th, we are excited to offer you a 50% discount on freight charges!  If the high cost of fuel is going to keep you out of the Okanagan, we can still deliver our wines to your home, or place of work! You can order wines toll free by calling 1-877-497-8919 or ordering online at www.wildgoosewinery.com We hope that you all have a chance to visit us this year, and remember, our tasting room is always open 10-5 daily through to the end of October, we look forward to seeing everyone!!

Wild Goose Winery
2145 Sun Valley Way,
Okanagan Falls, BC   V0H 1R2 CANADA
Phone: 250.497.8919 Fax: 250.497.6853

Le Vieux Pin News

Planting is underway, the fruit tree blossoms are out, the birds are singing! We can all feel it, spring is in the air so it’s time to announce our spring release wines!

To top it off the press and critics have been working overdrive discussing our new releases and we are pleased to share few of  their many comments below!

Remember that some of these wines sell out very early every year. We expect the same to be true this year so act now if you want to ensure your full allocation!

To Order:

You Can Order direct from the winery by Phone or email:

Tel: 604.697.0988

Email: sales@levieuxpin.ca

Or best of all on our website where 2% of all the sales are donated to the Phoenix Academy of Learning Society.

There is a 10% discount on full case purchases of 12 bottles or more. You can mix and match your favorite bottles to make up a full case. Use promo code “spring11” on our online shop for activating your 10% discount. Offer expires May 19th, 2011.

Please review our ordering page for shipping regulations and details.

A Bientôt!

Le Vieux Pin

2010 Vaïla


(Strict Limit of 3 Bottles per person)

Made through the old Burgundian method of Saigné (literally, to Bleed) this rosé is produced from free run juice and entirely steel tank aged. It is a fun, delicate wine absolutely perfect for the summer. The 2010 Vaïla starts with a light salmon pink hue and the flavour leans towards rhubarb, pink grape fruit and the amazing bright red fruit BC rosés are becoming known for! On the palate it’s dry, crisp and showcases textbook balance of components.

90 Points John Schreiner

“…begins with an attractive salmon pink hue. It has aromas and flavours of strawberry, rhubarb and pink grapefruit and has a refreshing tang on the dry finish.”

92 Points David Lawrason (Wine Align)

“…tiny quantity was made for the winery, but if you spy a bottle give it a try. It’s 100% organically grown pinot noir from the Kalala Vineyard in north Westbank. Especially if you’re a pinot fan because it has very interesting expression, with very lifted rhubarb/sour cherry fruit. The palate is juicy and elegant at the same time, and very intense. Quite incredible length here.”

2010 Sauvignon Blanc


We source the fruit for this wine from the steep north facing slopes of our Lumeno property by Osoyoos Lake and the south west facing slopes near Dead Mans Lake in Oliver. Stringent canopy management and timely leaf removal has resulted in a spectrum of varietal characteristics from tropical fruit flavours to classic gooseberry and grass. The cool nights of the Okanagan provide great natural acidity and structure while keeping the fruit profile zesty and vibrant. Borrowing a little old world flair from Didier Dagueneau we used partial oak fermentation and aging on the lees for added complexity and texture.

91 points – Icon Wines

“…Combinations of stainless steel and oak aging with an NFL-like playbook of variations was used to create an overtly complex and tasty dry wine that offers rich tropical fruit, herbal, mineral, lees and light oak characters on the nose and palate…”

92 Points John Schreiner

“…This dramatic white has aromas of lime, grapefruit and guava that explode from the glass. It delivers those flavours powerfully, finishing with notes of herbs, spices and even white pepper. This is one of the most expressive Sauvignon Blancs to come from the Okanagan.”

92 Points – David Lawrason

This is a very fine, complex sauvignon from vines grown on a north facing slope in Osoyoos (to create less ripe, higher acid grapes in this hot region).The palate is quite full and ripe but the flavours are cool and green, with some celery and tomato leaf on the finish. Excellent to outstanding length.

2008 Syrah


Combining elements of both the old and new world, our Syrah leans slightly more toward what you would expect from the old world. Nuanced, elegant and refined. Black peppercorn rubbed steak, game, mélange of wild berries, bacon and smoke make up the aromatics and flavor profile of this wine.

92 Points David Lawrason (Wine Align)

“…powerful and honest syrah in the sense of it being true to the northern Rhône … The nose combines classic syrah black cherry, licorice, leather and dried herbs with and earthy back note. It’s quite full bodied, luscious and warm on the palate with a sense of creaminess, then taut, tannic almost salty briny finish. Excellent length. I suspect it has a long life ahead.”

89-91 Points John Schreiner

The wine has the classic notes of pepper in the aroma and flavour, with black cherry and plum. As well, the flavours are richly meaty and earthy in the Rhone style.

89-90 Points Liam Carrier (Icon Scores)

“…has 4% Viognier added during fermentation, in the form of pressed grape skins, to lift the aromatic qualities of the nose. Dark cherry, black pepper oil, oak and a touch of cola represent decent complexity in this inaugural vintage.”

2009 Viognier-Rousanne


(Strict Limit of 6 bottles per person)

The Blend is mostly Viognier with 13% Roussanne that was fermented in a single demi-muid. Part of the viognier was aged in an Acacia barrel that brings with it delicate elderflower and honey notes while the rest was aged in a combination of French oak and stainless steel. The finished wine packs a big punch: rich, hedonistic and round. Tropical and floral notes go hand in hand with subtle vanilla and baked brioche.

90-91 points – Icon Wines

“…impressive, to say the least and shows great promise for future vintages. The key to this wine is the lush tropical fruit character and rich, chewy texture which is very well balanced by crisp, but not tart acidity. The nose is delicate and very complex while the dry palate offers a long finish with lingering tropical fruit flavours…”

“Outstanding” – Wine Press Northwest

“Our 2009 B.C. Winery to Watch continues to impress … That regimen only seems to have elevated and complemented the exotic nose of orange Creamsicle, white peach and pineapple with a splash of lemon bitters. The palate brings volumes of interest with orange, tangerine, toasted marshmallow and peach… some pleasing citrus pith in the finish.

92 Points David Lawrason (Wine Align)

“…a terrific wine with an aroma that took me right back to great Condrieu … to reveal very pretty elderflower, star fruit, spice and some grapefruit skin pithiness.”

2008 Merlot


Single grape, single vineyard merlot. Nature gave us lower yields than previous vintages. With the perfect fall weather we had the luxury of picking when the grapes reached perfect maturity. The resulting wine is denser, and packed with more structure and weight than previous vintages. A textbook example of great merlot from the Golden Mile.

90 Points John Schreiner

“…an appealing Merlot, plump and fleshy with blackberry and black currant flavours.”

To Order:

You Can Order direct from the winery by Phone or email:

Tel: 604.697.0988

Email: sales@levieuxpin.ca

Or best of all on our website where 2% of all the sales are donated to the Phoenix Academy of Learning Society.

There is a 10% discount on full case purchases of 12 bottles or more. You can mix and match your favorite bottles to make up a full case. Use promo code “spring11” on our online shop for activating your 10% discount. Offer expires May 19th, 2011.

Please review our ordering page for shipping regulations and details.

Le Vieux Pin Wine Society
The best way to enjoy the wines of Le Vieux Pin is to join the Le Vieux Pin wine Society. Members receive mixed cases of wine anually as well as the following perks!

  • 10% discount on purchases of any Le Vieux Pin wines
  • Invitations to exclusive society “members only” events
  • Access to  tours of our vineyards and cellars, including barrel tastings
  • 2 Tickets on us to a winemarker dinner every year

To join the Le Vieux Pin Wine Society please contact our concierge
Upcoming Events

Vancouver Island June 4th

Le Vieux Pin is pleased to participate in the

Tofino Food & Wine Festival

held in Tofino from June 2nd to 5th. If you attend the event please come say hello and taste our wines at the Grazing in the Garden Main Event! This is one of Rasoul’s (GM at Le Vieux Pin) favourite food and wine events of the year! A relaxed wander in the garden with some of BC’s best food and wine.


July 10th

Valley First Granfondo

Axel Merckx

Le Vieux Pin is pleased to participate in this exciting event this summer hosting a tasting and aid station during the big ride. The event isn’t all just fun and games as several terrific charities will be supported by the more than 2500 cyclists participating! The event will support both the Axel Merckx Youth Development Program and Feed the Valley, a grassroots initiative, in partnership with local food banks, aimed at mobilizing communities to work together to reduce hunger in the Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson valley regions.

If you’re not up for the 160km ride it will be a monumental weekend in the valley with events all weekend surrounding the big ride. Le Vieux Pin will be a great spot to watch the riders and to come taste wine all weekend long!

Equinoxe Syrah Fall Release

Keep in mind the inaugural Equinoxe Syrah ($70) will be released in the fall and we expect it to sell out quickly!

91+ points Icon Wines

“The new “Équinoxe” line of wines replaces the “Reserve” level as the top-tier wines for Le Vieux Pin.  Only 70 cases have been produced and no release date is yet listed but expect a fall 2011 launch…the wine offers massive complexity and major red fruit characters and suggests a bright future with sultry white pepper and oak notes. Drink 2012-2018″

Orders are limited to 6 bottles per person and can be purchased as a pre-release now.

pls email sales@Levieuxpin.ca

with subject line Equinoxe Syrah to be placed on the waiting list.

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This year we are proud to be celebratingtwenty years of family winemaking on the Naramata Bench. We planted vines here in1987 and harvested our first grapes in 1992, making this year’s 2011harvest our 20thvintage.

While many things have changed here at thewinery, which are evident from the early pictures, much has stayedthe same. We remaincommitted to growing the best grapes and making the best wine wecan, to improving every aspect of what we do, and to providing valuein our wines regardless of price point. Although we may have aged wehave not lost our passion for making age-worthy wines. Like our wines, we hope thatyou would agree, that we here at Kettle Valley Winery have cellaredwell!

Over the years we have been fortunate to havedeveloped many long standing relationships with individuals,restaurants and wine shops, who are our customers and are ourfriends. We havecreated the same rapport with our growers who have remainedcommitted to our goals of growing the best possible fruit at lowtonnage.

Our first customer in the wine shop, JohnLevine, still makes trips up to the Okanagan with his partner LeeCross to try wines and keep current with the activities at thewinery. Our firstrestaurant customers were John Bishop and Sinclair Phillips and theyboth continue to support our wines at their restaurants. As well, early restaurantsincluding Vij’s, Camille’s, Lake O’Hara Lodge, Salmon House, and theWickaninnish Inn have served our wines since our beginning. We thank you all and themany others who have joined our extended family by supporting us atour wine shop and in restaurants and retail stores in BC andAlberta.

We are planning a 20thyearCelebration Event at the winery this fall, so watch for details andwe hope you will be able to join us in celebrating our20thvintage!

To recognize your support we will be offeringyou Celebration Pricings this year, rolling back to original priceson select wines. Ourfirst offering will be available on April 15th, limitedto the FIRST 200 CASES ordered in total. So get your order to us soyou will not be disappointed.

Celebration Pricing Events will continue onJuly 15 and October 15.

2008 Pinot Noir celebration pricing from1992                                         $18.00

(current price $26.00)

2009 Chardonnay celebration pricing from1994                         $15.00

(current price $22.00)

2007 Cabernet Merlot celebration pricing from1994                           $20.00

(current price $26.00)