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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.

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!

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.

stay upto date with Le Vieux Pin events and happenings. Join in on the conversation and interact with the artists who create your favorite wines.

Vibrant Vines Winery – East Kelowna

East Kelowna is the place to be on Saturdays if you are a fan of live music.  Each Saturday this summer, from 2-5 pm The Vibrant Vine Winery has booked a band to perform, and these are no small acts.  Among those on the roster this year are jazz phenomenon Anne Jacyszyn and the Latin ensemble, Major Mombo.  The winery will have picnic items available for purchase such as cheese and meats, and if you buy a bottle to drink there they provide complementary cheese, bread and biscuits.

The Vibrant Vine Winery opened in May 2010 under the guidance of Tony and Erin Lewis, who are assisted by Tony’s parents Marion and Wyn Lewis.  The parents occupy the Okanagan Villa, a gorgeous estate, just above the winery; a spot that has held many of Kelowna’s most talked about celebrations.  Tony Lewis planted 10 acres on the estate including Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay and used a unique ground trellis system he developed that works around the rocky soil on the property.

Tony Lewis is a treat to speak to, his energy is fantastic, something that probably kept him going in his years as a drummer in the band Storytime, a rock and roll band he performed in with his two brothers.  His creative drive leads him into adventures such at the unique pressing of the Pirate Chardonnay in October 2010.  Lewis pirated a barge to the Naramata Packing House where he picked up the Chardonnay grapes, loaded the six tons onto the barge, and then pressed the grapes onboard using a bladder press powered by water from Okanagan Lake.  They arrived in Kelowna 4 ½ hours later with a load of the grape must.  This wine is the only wine ever pressed on Okanagan Lake to date.

Other adventures Tony Lewis has embarked on include his adventures with great uses of American oak.  He first crafted a BBQ from an oak barrel, then turned a barrel into a snow board, topped it with a horse saddle and almost lethally road it down the mountain.  He is now working on a row boat which will set float across the lake this spring.

The Vibrant Vine Winery can be found along the East Kelowna wine route just up from McCullough Station Pub on Pooley Road.  When you visit the winery you will be sure to notice the labels, a result of their older son, Phil Lewis and his work as an artist.  They are impressive, full of colour and vibrancy.  Phil Lewis’ paintings decorate the wine room, and there will be several visiting artists works on display this season.  The room is a colourful affair, and the wines a visual and flavourful sensation. Open for tastings from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

As the 2009 vintages are now sold out, wine lovers can look forward to the release of the 2010 Gewurztraminer, the 2010 Riesling and 2010 Sauvignon Blanc.

3240 Pooley
778 478 1977

Twisted Tree becomes Moon Curser

It is with great pleasure that we announce the official change of our winery’s name from Twisted Tree to Moon Curser Vineyards.

Yes, … Moon Curser!

The name Moon Curser was inspired by the cross-border smuggling of precious metals that took place around Osoyoos during the Okanagan Gold Rush of early 1900’s. During that era, miners attempting to smuggle gold would “cuss at the moon” for shedding light on their illegal nighttime activities. They soon became known as moon cursers.

Osoyoos, the town where we grow our wines, is central to the moon curser story, and also to the story of our winery. The sun, the heat and the length of the growing season of our southernmost Okanagan Valley location makes it possible for us to grow exciting noble varietals such as Tannat, Tempranillo or Carmenere.

We are proud of the wines we make and the recognition they have received over the last few years. We thank you for your support, and want to assure you that our dedication to producing well-made, unusual varietals remains unchanged. We look forward to introducing you to Moon Curser over upcoming months.

Chris and Beata Tolley

PS Our website is now live – please visit us at mooncurser.com !

Okanagan’s Lang Winery gets Fresh Start with New Owner

We are pleased to announce a change of ownership at the Okanagan’s Lang Winery.  The property and winery have been purchased by Bravo Enterprises Ltd.  The business, which will continue to operate as Lang Winery, will doubtless benefit from new investment by an owner who is committed to helping the winery realize its potential.

The property that became Lang Winery was purchased by Guenther and Kristina Lang when they immigrated to Canada in 1980.  The Langs selected the site, in beautiful Naramata, because of its excellent soils and enviable microclimate.  Ten years later the winery opened its doors, becoming BC’s first cottage winery.  Its best-known wines are Riesling, Merlot, Gewurztraminer and Marechal Foch, all crafted with traditional Old World winemaking methods.

After the transfer of ownership, the winery will continue to produce the same varietals, and Guenther Lang will be leading a team of consultants, working closely with European-educated winemaker Laurent Lafuente who possesses a wealth of international experience:  he worked at wineries in France and Switzerland, before coming to Canada.  He chose to settle in BC because he recognized the potential the Okanagan holds to make world-class wines.

The change of ownership will bring an opportunity to renew the winery’s profile, including plans to redesign of the winery’s logo and packaging.  Mr. Wang, the owner of Bravo Enterprises, is excited to be joining the Okanagan’s business community, he states  “It is important to me that we will continue with the excellence that Mr. Guenther Lang has originally instilled in Lang Winery. We will strive to produce quality wine and become a deserving member of this wonderful wine community in the Okanagan.”  The winery plans to become a member of the Naramata Winery Association.  He looks forward to bringing together a team that can fulfill the tremendous promise the winery offers. <

The Lang Winery tasting room continues to be open.
Please direct all inquiries to Lucy Wong at lppwong@yahoo.com.

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

KETTLE VALLEY WINERY 2011 Celebrating 20 years

#BCWine – News from Kettle Valley Winery

Thursday, February 24, 2011 – Pinot Noir Dinner at Camille’s in Victoria with Kettle Valley & Alderlea Winery’s

Saturday, February 26, 2011 – Dinner Concert Series 1-866-SKI-KICK www.kickinghorseresort.com

February 17 through March 10, 2011 – Kettle Valley “Dine Around” www.camillesrestaurant.com

Saturday, March 26, 2011 – “A Whale of a Dinner” at Black Rock Resort in Ucluelet www.blackrockresort.com

Watch our website for updates on winemakers dinners, library tastings and tasting events throughout the year.


VancouverEvent Date:  April 21, 2011

Event Location:  Westin Bayshore. Vancouver

For more details:  www.naramatabench.com

 We have a selection of previously released wines available for purchase, for a complete list of available wines please visit our web site www.kettlevalleywinery.com 

Stay tuned for more information on our upcoming releases including Barber 2008 Cabernet, Crest 2008 Cabernet, 2008 Syrah, plus 20th anniversary pricing on 2007 Merlot (limited to the first 60 cases ordered).  Should you have any questions regarding the availability of these upcoming releases, please contact the office at 250-496-5898.



The grapes for this wine come from the McGraw Estate vineyard in Naramata.  The grapes were hand picked October 16, 2008 and October 17, 2008 at approximately 25.8 brix.  The wine has gone through a full malolactic fermentation and was aged in French oak for 22 months before bottling in 2010.  Total production:  75 cases of 750ml bottles


The grapes for this wine come primarily from our Hayman vineyard in Naramata.  This vineyard was one of our original plantings, having been planted in 1988.  The grapes were hand picked on October 22, 2008 at approximately 25.2 brix.  The wine has gone through a full malolactic fermentation and was aged in French oak for 22 months before being bottled.   This is a limited bottling of a single vineyard Pinot Noir.  Total production:  80 cases of 750ml bottles.


This wine is a blend of select barrels of Pinot Noir grown in the Elgert vineyard in Okanagan Falls, the Hayman vineyard in Naramata and the Thibault vineyard in Summerland.  The grapes were hand picked between October 21, 2008 and November 1, 2008 at approximately 24.7 brix.  The wine has gone through a full malolactic fermentation and was aged in American and French oak for 22 months before being bottled.   Total production:  174 cases of 750ml bottles.


The grapes for this wine come from the vineyards of Thibault, Lerchs and Varisco in Summerland, Cole and Cossentine on the Naramata Bench, Elgert in Okanagan Falls, Dhaliwal in Oliver and Secord and Pereira in the Similkameen Valley.  The grapes for this wine were hand picked between October 14 and November 8, 2010 at approximately 24 brix.  A portion of this wine has been barrel fermented before being blended with wine that was fermented in stainless steel tanks. 

Total production:   2500 cases of 750ml bottles.