Please note that these producers were shown at the annual tasting in May. At the drop-in tasting we will be showing a selection of 35-40 wines from 20 of the producers below. More details to come!
Located in the heart of Vancouver Island's Cowichan Valley, the estate grows Foch Cabernet, Pinot Meunier, Gewürztraminer, Maréchal Foch and Cabernet Libre, just to name a few.
Apart from still wines, their portfolio also includes sparkling and dessert wines.
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.
Culmina is a family-owned wine estate operated by the Triggs and a small team of dedicated professionals.
Looking at research carried out in similarly arid locations in Europe, they decided to plant Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah vines in equal proportion directly into the steep, grass covered areas on the slope towards Stan’s Bench.
GIANT HEAD ESTATE WINERY
Giant Head Estate Winery is one of the award winning Summerland wineries located at the start of the scenic Bottleneck Drive winery tour route. The Winery overlooks Lake Okanagan from the sandy benches below Giant’s Head Mountain.
The owners' approach is simple: make small batches as grapes ripen, and blend the batches based on their characteristics.
They grow Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer, Merlot.
Winemaker and viticulturalist Severine Pinte brings many elements of her international winemaking experience to La Stella, located at Osoyoos Lake in the Southern Okanagan valley.
The estate produces cold climate, terroir-driven wines from a combination of French and Italian grapes, including Pinot Grigio, Moscato, Sangiovese and Merlot.
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.
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.
In 1998, Groupe Taillan of Bordeaux, France and Constellation Brands Canada formed an inspired partnership with a vision to create a world-class Canadian wine from classic Bordeaux varieties.
It is now wholly owned by Gruaud Larose.
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.
Phantom Creek Vineyard was established in 1996 by pioneering viticulturist Richard Cleave.
They are growing Cabernet Sauvignon (clones 169, 15, 191), Syrah, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Olivier Humbrecht MW is their Consulting Winemaker.
Located on the slopes of the Naramata Bench, just outside Penticton in British Columbia, Poplar Grove is one of the original five wineries established in the area.
Having been founded in 1993, the team at Poplar Grove focuses primarily on six core wines - Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and a signature blend called The Legacy.
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.
Our Canadian ice wine is the only 100% single-vineyard Roussanne ice wine in the world. Unlike all other dessert wines, REBEL Pi is not over sweet so you can enjoy the intense notes of pink grapefruit and stone fruits.
SEASIDE PEARL WINERY
Located in the heart of the Fraser Valley Mount Lehman area. They are a family-owned and operated winery passionate about crafting small lots of artisanal wines.
Their wines are made from Cabernet Foch, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Petit Milo, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer.
SEVEN STONES WINERY
Located in the pristine Similkameen Valley, Seven Stones Winery is well-known for its full-bodied reds and its unique, temperature controlled caves that provide ideal storage space for the wines.
Owner and winemaker George Hanson produces wines from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah.
BLOMIDON ESTATE WINERY
LIGHTFOOT & WOLFVILLE VINEYARDS
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.
Blomidon Estate Winery is a boutique winery nestled on the shore of the Minas Basin, in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia.
Their commitment is to produce 100% Nova Scotia grown grapes for wines that reflect their maritime climate and coastal terroir.
Their portfolio includes a red sparkling, and a traditional method sparkling blend of Seyval Blanc, L'Acadie Blanc and Chardonnay.
At Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards the focus is on classic vinifera varieties such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling and other German-styled whites.
Biodynamic viticulture is practiced in some of their Annapolis Valley vineyards in order maximise the expression of the terroir in the wines.
CAVE SPRING CELLARS
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.
The Pennachetti Family has been producing wines for over three generations.
Their philosophy is to use the distinct soil and climate of their vineyards on the Beamsville Bench to create elegant cool-climate wines.
A range of grape varieties are produced, including Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Gamay, sparkling wines and Riesling Icewines.
Established in 1998, Closson Chase was instrumental in pioneering the wine industry of Prince Edward County. What was once a dairy barn is now a quality-driven winery using centuries-old European traditions to create world class wines with only the finest Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris grapes.
HENRY OF PELHAM
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.
DIAMOND ESTATES WINES
Diamond Estates Wines is a producer, marketer and distributor of wines and spirits in Canada.
The company operates two wineries in the Niagara region of Ontario producing VQA and blended wines under well known brand names such as 20 Bees, EastDell, Lakeview, Dios Amigos, Hat Trick, Dan Aykroyd Benchmark and Seasons.
Because of the Niagara Peninsula’s strong terroir, Head Winemaker Thomas Bachelder of Domaine Queylus and his team are dedicated to a select number of varieties that they have identified as perfectly adaptable to the region’s soils and microclimate.
These varietals are Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay.
HIDDEN BENCH ESTATE
Hidden Bench Estate Winery lies nestled in the heart of the Beamsville Bench, Ontario.
In the winery they produce wines using only certified organic estate fruit with sustainable, non-interventionist winemaking techniques.
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc are just few of the grapes that are used in the production of their predominantly single vineyard wines.
Icellars Estate Winery was founded in 2010 by the Icel family.
The stag design is inspired by the wine drinking vessels used by the Hittites of Anatolia.
Their portfolio includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
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.
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.
LEANING POST WINES
Leaning Post Wines is a family-run winery located in Winona, Ontario.
The owners Ilya and Nadia Senchuk want to translate the time and the place into wine without all the fancy buildings and high-tech equipment.
Their range of products includes wines made with Riesling, Chardonnay, Gamay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Syrah.
Megalomaniac is a Niagara based winery which was started as a retirement project in 2007.
Owner, John Howard’s philosophy is to craft wine of distinction with a touch of sass.
Riesling, Chardonnay and Savagnin are used to produce the whites, with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc for the reds.
Megalomaniac also produces sparkling and Icewine.
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.
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 WINERY
Pillitteri Estates Winery is 100 acre winery located in the Niagara region of Ontario.
It was opened in 1993 following the dream of its founder, Gary Pillitteri.
In this family enterprise, the vineyards are planted with vitis vinifera varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Gewürztraminer and Riesling, as well the hybrid variety Vidal Blanc for their Icewine production.
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.
Situated on the lower slopes of the Niagara Escarpment, Tawse is a family-owned organic and biodynamic winery.
Their portfolio features Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Gamay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
TWO SISTERS VINEYARDS
The estate is located at the northern tip of the Niagara River sub-appellation and produces Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon but also sparkling and icewines.
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.