Okanagan Valley Wineries - oliver
Farming a 120-acre estate of pristine South Valley vineyards, Church & State Wines continually push the limits of their terroir and region. They strive to produce wines that over-deliver, and the results speak from themselves: the winery has been named producer of Canada’s Best Red Wine eight times since 2009, and has received countless Gold medals, Best in Class awards and National trophies for both red and white wines. By focusing on the unique terroir of their South Okanagan Valley and Vancouver Island vineyards, Church & State Wines continually represent the cutting-edge of what is capable in Canadian viticulture and winemaking.
“Nature delivers everything of value in wine. You can’t add; you can only destroy what naturally exists in the fruit,” says winemaker Bertus Albertyn. “A winemaker should see himself as observer and preserver rather than ‘maker,’ which is why we allow the winemaking process space and time to go at its own pace. Our job is simply to capture and preserve the unique flavours of our soil, our climate and our weather and translate that potential into exceptional wine.” Working with fruit produced exclusively in our family estate vineyards, we make our wine with minimum intervention. We choose not to add inoculants, sugar or other additives because, though they speed up the process and sweeten the product, they mask and muddy the flavour subtleties only available from nature. Our simple, patient approach builds wines of beauty and detail: rich, daring reds and powerful, elegant whites. Maverick Estate Winery’s emblem is inspired by the pictographs drawn on cave walls around South Africa many thousands of years ago. Our emblem represents the enthusiastically unconventional free thinker. Whether in ancient times or today, Mavericks are not afraid to forge their own path and stay true to what they believe in. We are Maverick: uncompromising in our pursuit and unrestrained in our enjoyment of exceptional wine.
It’s a truism that dreams work when you do. This is deeply illustrated by John Ness, the owner of Pipe Dreams, one of Oliver’s newest wineries. After childhood summers with his family experiencing the Okanagan, John formed a lifelong dream to return and live among grapevines. So, he secured prime grape growing land and planted some less-common-in-BC varietals, ones that are best suited to the site: Kerner, Zweigelt, Gamay and Grüner Veltliner among them, as well as Merlot. New to the business, he enlisted veteran Canadian winemaker Mark Wendenburg to make the wines by hand in small lots. Wines made from a special place. Thus, his pipe dream is becoming a reality. The tasting room opened in late 2015, the winery is set to become a welcomed visitor destination for the north Oliver area, especially with the plan to add accommodation, food services, and an outdoor seating area. As he gets ready to share his wines with visitors, John’s honest intentions are that the wines of Pipe Dreams offer an authentic expression of the land, while inspiring people to challenge themselves to achieve beyond their wildest imagination.
Phantom Creek Estates, located on the Black Sage Bench in the South Okanagan, represents the vision of the Bai family to build one of the leading wineries in Canada. From the historic Phantom Creek and Sundial Vineyards, Phantom Creek predominantly grows Bordeaux reds and Syrah. A new state of the art winery will be built on the Sundial Vineyard property beginning in June 2017 and is projected to open in Spring 2019. The first vintage, now maturing in barrel, was made in a temporary facility on the property in 2016.
IT’S ABOUT TIME AND PLACE. TIME can be measured in many ways. We started on this path years ago, and have been growing grapes for more than two decades at our Sundial Vineyard on the Black Sage Bench. Our vines receive more hours of sunshine than any other viticulture region. It’s these hours, days, and years that create a depth of character when crafting exceptional wines. Winemaking is about time and place. This is TIME.