Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie are pleased to announce the formation of a custom crush winery,Okanagan Crush Pad at their 10-acre Switchback Vineyard in Summerland, BC. Construction is underway on a new 7,750-square-foot facility, which will be ready for the 2011 harvest. WinemakerMichael Bartier will head cellar operations aided by internationally renowned consulting winemakerAlberto Antonini and wine advisor David Scholefield. Okanagan Crush Pad Winery will ultimately have the capacity to produce 25,000 cases annually. The licensed winery has been designed to facilitate production of multiple small lots of wine from many different sources. In addition to being the home of Haywire Winery, Okanagan Crush Pad is home to a new wine, which is a partnership between Bartier and Scholefield and set to be released in June 2011. Okanagan Crush Pad’s first client is Rhys Pender, a Similkameen grape grower, wine instructor, and Master of Wine, who will be using Okanagan Crush Pad to make the first wine from his Cawston vineyar
Okanagan Crush Pad Winery, set in Summerland, BC at Switchback Vineyard, offers a wide range of services for people new to the wine industry or those seeking fresh ideas. The facility will be the new home of Haywire, which launched in 2009. For more information, visit www.okanagancrushpad.com or contact Christine Coletta at 604-802-9005 or Alison Scholefield at 604-800-3738.