BRITISH COLUMBIA

BURROWING OWL

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery lies within the northernmost tip of the Antelope Brush ecosystem by Osoyoos Lake.

 

Because of its fragile eco system, creative viticultural, oenological and environmentally sensitive practices are in place.

 

Their portfolio includes Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Pinot Noir and Syrah.

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CHECKMATE

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The region is the ecologically pristine Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada, north of the 49th parallel and 105 miles long. Glacial fed lakes stretch along a narrow valley floor at an altitude of more than 1200 feet. As the world warms, cool regions such as the Okanagan Valley provide a new frontier for world class Chardonnay and Merlot. Cooler regions are now consistently providing sufficient warmth during their growing seasons to fall within the climatic envelopes for these classic Burgundian and Bordeaux varietals.

FOXTROT WINES

Foxtrot Vineyards is a boutique winery focused on crafting terroir-driven Pinot Noir and premium Chardonnay. Foxtrot has built a reputation as the premier producer of age-worthy Pinot Noir in the Okanagan Valley, BC by showcasing grapes grown from 24-year-old own-rooted vines in its estate vineyard — demonstrating what the Naramata Bench sub-region can achieve when a pure and subtle hand is applied.

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LASTELLA

LaStella is Situated at Osoyoos Lake in the sunny South Okanagan valley of beautiful British Columbia. Here its vineyards produce great fruit and is crafted into such proprietary wines as Allegretto, Vivace and Maestoso. Each wine has its own story — and to convey this unique story Lastella names its wines after Italian musical notes.

LE VIEUX PIN

Le Vieux Pin sits amidst the famed vineyards of the Black Sage Bench, Canada’s sole pocket desert, located South of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. 

 

Since releasing their first vintage in 2005, Le Vieux Pin has become renowned for its low input viticulture and non-interventionist winemaking, with a focus on producing Syrah. 

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MISSION HILL

Proprietor Anthony von Mandl describes his family estate at Mission Hill as a dream and his life’s work.

 

For over three decades, they have focused on sustainable viticulture for their Mission Hill Road, Lakeshore, Naramata Ranch, Black Sage Bench and Osoyoos Vineyard Estate ranges.

 

Anthony and winemaker Darryl Brooker produce wines from red Bordeaux varieties, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Gris and Vidal Blanc for their Icewine.

OKANAGAN CRUSH PAD

When they began in Summerland in 2005, David Scholefield, Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie set out to produce wines that demonstrate a real sense of place in a young wine region that was still trying to find its soul.

 

Flash forward to the present day and the Okanagan Crush Pad now has a state-of-the-art winery featuring large concrete tanks and an impressive interactive visitor centre.

 

The winery, headed by Matt Dumayne, focuses on organic grapes, minimal intervention and uses native yeast across their Haywire, Narrative and Coolshanagh ranges, which include reds, whites and Pét-Nat sparkling.

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OSOYOOS LAROSE

Osoyoos Larose was created in 1998, as a joint venture between the Bordeaux-based Groupe Taillan and the Canadian Vincor. The Groupe Taillan bought out Vincor in 2013 and became the sole owners. A tradition of Bordeaux winemaking coupled with Canadian terroir has created two iconic Canadian wines.

 

Osoyoos Larose has 32 hectares of vines split up into 24 blocks on one single bench overlooking Osoyoos Lake.  It cultivates red Bordeaux varieties, with most of the vines planted to Merlot. The winemaking team is led by Michael Kullmann.

PAINTED ROCK ESTATE WINERY

Using 100% estate grown fruit, Painted Rock has been striving to produce wines of the highest quality since they started in 2005.

 

John and Trish Skinner’s philosophy is to allow their confidence in the Okanagan terroir to speak for itself. Varieties include the classic Bordeaux reds, Syrah and Chardonnay.

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PHANTOM CREEK

Phantom Creek Estates is perched on Black Sage Bench in the Okanagan Valley. The winery was established in 1996, although some of its vines dates back to 1977. The winery cultivates both Bordeaux and Rhone varieties and is currently transitioning to organic and biodynamic farming practices. The Director of Winemaking is Mark Beringer, great-great grandson of Napa winemaking legend Jacob Beringer.

POPLAR GROVE

Poplar Grove is a family-run winery situated in the Okanagan Valley. Founded in 1993, Poplar Grove is one of the original five wineries on the Naramata Bench.

Tony and Barb Holler purchased the winery in 2007, and today their sons farm more than 140 acres of estate vineyards. They work with a number of varieties including Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.

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STAG'S HOLLOW

Stag’s Hollow Winery is located in South Okanagan, in the sub region of Okanagan Falls. The family-owned winery was established 25 years ago, and owns two vineyards; Stag's Hollow Estate and Shuttleworth Creek. They work with a variety of grapes, including more experimental cultivars they believe have the potential to flourish here. These include Tempranillo and Albariño from Spain, and Dolcetto and Teroldego from Italy. Keira LeFranc has been the winemaker of Stag’s Hollow since 2018.

QUAILS' GATE

Located in Kelowna, in the Okanagan Valley, the pillar of the winery is doing more with less, so an important sustainability programme is in place.

 

The varieties used in the winemaking process are Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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NOVA SCOTIA

BENJAMIN BRIDGE

Located in the heart of the Gaspereau Valley on the Bay of Fundy, head winemaker Jean-Benoit Deslauriers and head Viticulturalist Scott Savoy utilise the region’s climatic and geological similarities to Champagne to create top quality and widely acclaimed traditional method sparkling wines.

 

The estate also produces a range of still wines, offering Riesling and Cabernet Franc rosé and uses hybrid varieties including Maréchal Foch, Lucie Kuhlmann and Vidal Blanc for Icewine.

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BLOMIDON

Blomidon Estate Winery is a boutique winery nestled on the shore of the Minas Basin, near Canning, in the picturesque Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. Its beautiful seaside setting offers a unique location for viticulture, as well as a scenic stopping point for its many visitors. 


Blomidon Estate Winery is committed to producing 100% Nova Scotia grown grapes and wines, and has won numerous national and international awards and acclaim for its efforts. 

LIGHTFOOT AND WOLFVILLE

Lightfoot & Wolfville is owned and operated by the Lightfoot family who have been farming in the Annapolis Valley for eight generations.

 

Originating in Northern England, the Lightfoot name referred to the swift-footedness of forebears who traditionally worked as messengers. Lightfoot & Wolfville brings a light touch and enlightened approach to both the agricultural and artisanal aspects of its work – working in harmony with nature and letting the land offer up its innate best, without subjecting it to aggressive inputs.

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ONTARIO

BACHELDER

Having gained invaluable international winemaking experience Mary & Thomas Delaney-Bachelder now proudly produce wines under their own label in Burgundy, Oregon and Niagara.

 

Utilising the microclimate provided by the vast Great Lakes and the Dolomitic Limestone, interspersed with clay, the couple make quality, terroir-driven Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that’s intended primarily to characterise this unique part of Canada.

 

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CHARLES BAKER AND STRATUS

David Feldberg, President and CEO, works with Loire Valley native winemaker Jean-Laurent Groux to achieve their vision of producing outstanding quality wines using the most sustainable and environmentally-friendly practices possible.

 

The estate grows ten varieties of red grapes and six varieties of white on 44 distinct blocs producing a combination of single varietal bottlings and blends to best convey the quality of the terroir.

 

CLOSSON CHASE

Closson Chase is a quality-driven winery that helped spearhead the birth of the Prince Edward County wine industry, using centuries-old European traditions and sustainable, innovative techniques to create world-class wines using only the finest Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grapes.

An early advocate for sustainable practices, Closson Chase crafts fine wines that reflect each individual vintage, capturing the distinct qualities imparted by the soil and climatic variations of the year.

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DIAMOND ESTATES

Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Inc. is a national wine production, marketing and distribution company based in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada. The company owns two wineries producing VQA and blended wines under well-known brand names such as 20 BeesEastDellLakeview CellarsFRESHDan Aykroyd, and Seasons.

The company also markets Niagara wine to liquor boards, grocery stores and licensed establishments in Canada, Asia and Europe.

HARDIE WINES

Norman Hardie created his winery in 2003 in Prince Edward County. Their "old world" approach entails using absolute minimal amounts of sulphur, natural yeast, extended fermentation on the skins, lots of lees contact and natural malolactic fermentation.

Their portfolio includes Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as well as Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Melon de Bourgogne, Gewürztraminer, Gamay, Zweigelt, Cabernet Franc and Syrah.

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ICELLARS

Icellars Estate Winery is a small boutique VQA member winery located in Niagara Wine Country.  

The 60 acre fallow land was carefully selected by owners Adnan and Elif ICEL based on precise research of ideal growing conditions for premium vinifera varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petite Verdot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Viognier.

INNISKILLIN

With wineries in Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario and the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, this winery has been producing hand-crafted Table Wines and Icewines for over 35 years.

The whole process is overseen by the winemakers Derek Kontkanen and Bruce Nicholson and the range of grape varietals used goes from Pinot Noir to Cabernet Sauvignon and from Pinot Gris to Riesling.

 

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Le Clos Jordanne

Thomas Bachelder is internationally recognised and Le Clos Jordanne’s original winemaker - with a specialty in the production of cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

 

His terroirrevealing wines with distinct, complex minerality truly showcase how Old World, Burgundian winemaking techniques employed on New World terroir - with minimal intervention - can produce exceptional wines.

PELEE ISLAND WINERY

Making wines in Canada’s southernmost, warmest appellation, German-born Walter Schmoranz is one of Canada’s winemaking pioneers.

 

Pelee Island Winery produces a wide range of unique wines from a combination of European and hybrid varieties.

 

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PELLER ESTATES

Peller Estates has been crafting quality wines for over 50 years.

Today, their portfolio includes Baco Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay, Muscat, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and icewines from Vidal, Riesling or Cabernet Franc.

 

PILLITTERI ESTATES

Pillitteri Estates is located in Niagara-on-the-Lake and their story dates back to 1948 when the Pillitteri family arrived in the region. The winemaking team has been led by Aleksandar Kolundzic since 2010. The family run winery has just over 100 acres of vines planted to both vitis vinifera and French hybrid varieties. They work with a number of different varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling, Vidal, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot; producing still, sparkling and dessert wines.

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REIF ESTATE WINERY

Reif Estate Winery is located on Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario and cultivates over 125 acres of vines. Reif Estate Winery is one of Niagara-on-the-Lake's founding family wineries, founded in 1982 by Ewald Reif and later acquired by nephew Klaus W. Reif. Their oldest vineyard was planted in 1977. Its white varieties include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, as well as Chenin Blanc. The red varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Gamay and Pinot Noir.

DREA'S WINE COMPANY

The Drea Wine Company wines are produced at the Reif Estate. This venture was launched by Andrea Kaiser, daughter of pioneering Canadian winemaker Karl J. Kaiser. After working for ten years as a restauranteur, Andrea joined a neighbouring family winery, and eventually decided to launch her own project, fulfilling her aspirations to carry on her father’s legacy in some way. Andrea released her first vintage in 2019, and works with both Sauvignon Blanc and the Austrian variety Dornfelder.

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SOUTHBROOK WINERY

Southbrook Winery is an organic winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The winery’s first 75 acres were certified organic in 2008, and as of 2010 their entire 150 acre farm is certified organic and biodynamic. The winemaking team is led by Ann Sperling, and the winery owner is Bill Redelmeier. Southbrook cultivate Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Gamay, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. They also make unfined and unfiltered skin contact wines from Vidal and Chardonnay.

STREWN WINERY

Strewn Winery is located in Niagara-on-the-Lake and was first established 25 years ago. The President, founder and original winemaker is Joe Will, and Joe co-owns the winery with industry veteran Newman Smith. The chief winemaker is Australian Marc Bradshaw. This small winery has two different sites that make up a total of 10.5 hectares. Strewn works with red Bordeaux varieties, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Grigio to name but a few.

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TAWSE

Situated on the lower slopes of the Niagara Escarpment, Tawse is a family-owned organic winery. Founder Moray Tawse purchased 6 acres on the Cherry Avenue property in 2001. In 2005 he opened his state-of-the-art winery, complete with a six-level, gravity-flow design, geo-thermal system and a wetland bio-filter. The inspiration for his first Niagara property came from his love of Burgundian Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Today Tawse have over 200 acres of vines. Tragically, Tawse’s much loved winemaker Paul Pender passed away in 2022.

WESTCOTT VINEYARDS

Westcott vineyards, located near Toronto, was established after Grant Westcott and Carolyn Hurst left their careers in banking and tech respectively, and dedicated themselves to creating wine.

 

Along with winemaker Arthur Harder they focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, producing still, sparkling and rosé styles.

 

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HENRY OF PELHAM (not in attendance)

Henry of Pelham’s 300-acre vineyard is located in the Short Hills Bench
sub-appellation and celebrates 30 years of fine vintages in 2018.

Their portfolio includes Baco Noir, Gamay, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, just to name a few, and also offers sparklings and Icewines.