Winery

Kelowna’s Plasma Donation Centre celebrated its one year anniversary on June 22, 2022 (Brittany Webster - Black Press)

B.C.’s 1st plasma clinic collects over 12,000 units in 1st year

The first plasma donation centre to open in B.C. was in Kelowna’s Orchard Park Mall

 

The earliest record of wine production in the Okanagan Valley dates back to Father Pandosy’s Okanagan Mission in 1859. British Columbia had provincial prohibition of alcoholic beverages from 1917 to 1921. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Winery donates tasting fees to Summerland Museum

Museum has provided Back Door Winery with information about prohibition era in Canada

 

West Kelowna grape vines (Phil McLachlan - West K News)

Okanagan Valley: the best-known wine region in B.C.

The first vines were planted in B.C. in the 1800s, in the Okanagan

 

The proposed winery’s 19.5-metre observation tower is 10 metres taller than the city typically allows for alcohol production facilities. (Azhadi Vineyards/Contributed)

Iranian-styled winery proposed in Kelowna

Azhadi Vineyards is seeking a height variance for a 19.5-metre observation tower

The proposed winery’s 19.5-metre observation tower is 10 metres taller than the city typically allows for alcohol production facilities. (Azhadi Vineyards/Contributed)
A concept photo of the rejected tower at Goats Peak Winery. (Contributed/City of West Kelowna)

West Kelowna rejects highrise lookout at Goats Peak Winery

The 35-metre tower would’ve necessitated special training for firefighters at a $200K cost

A concept photo of the rejected tower at Goats Peak Winery. (Contributed/City of West Kelowna)
Fruit like cherries were scorched by the heat dome. Parsons Farm Market in Keremeos said their cherries were hurt by the heat. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Heatwave wreaks havoc on Similkameen Valley

Fruit growers felt the heat and wineries weren’t far behind

Fruit like cherries were scorched by the heat dome. Parsons Farm Market in Keremeos said their cherries were hurt by the heat. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
George and Trudy Heiss at Gray Monk Winery in Lake Country. (File photo)

Okanagan winery co-founder dies at 81

Okanagan Valley wine industry pioneer George Heiss, co-founder of Grey Monk, passed away June 29

George and Trudy Heiss at Gray Monk Winery in Lake Country. (File photo)
WorkSafe BC is out in the Interior making sure wineries, cideries and breweries are adhering to COVID-19 safety protocols. (File photo)

WorkSafe visiting Interior wineries, cideries and breweries ahead of tourist tasting season

40 field inspections and 35 consultations are expected over next few weeks

WorkSafe BC is out in the Interior making sure wineries, cideries and breweries are adhering to COVID-19 safety protocols. (File photo)
Sample local wines while getting your holiday shopping done this year at select South Okanagan wineries.(Black Press Media file photo)

Annual ‘Holiday Cheer’ event offers Pentictonites a chance to sip and shop

The Heart of Wine Country is bringing back its annual event at member wineries

Sample local wines while getting your holiday shopping done this year at select South Okanagan wineries.(Black Press Media file photo)
Recline Ridge Vineyards and Winery has been Graydon and Maureen Ratzlaff’s home and business for 10 years. The two currently have the vineyard on the market. (BC Wine Institute photo)                                Recline Ridge Vineyards and Winery has been Graydon and Maureen Ratzlaff’s home and business for 10 years. The two currently have the vineyard on the market. (BC Wine Institute photo)

Owners of award-winning Shuswap winery reflect on legacy

For 10 years, Recline Ridge’s Graydon and Maureen Ratzlaff have worked to advance region’s reputation

Recline Ridge Vineyards and Winery has been Graydon and Maureen Ratzlaff’s home and business for 10 years. The two currently have the vineyard on the market. (BC Wine Institute photo)                                Recline Ridge Vineyards and Winery has been Graydon and Maureen Ratzlaff’s home and business for 10 years. The two currently have the vineyard on the market. (BC Wine Institute photo)
Graydon Ratzlaff of Recline Ridge Winery in Tappen, looks over grapes during the growing season. (BC Wine Institute photo)

Owners of award-winning Shuswap winery reflect on legacy

For 10 years, Recline Ridge’s Graydon and Maureen Ratzlaff have worked to advance region’s reputation

Graydon Ratzlaff of Recline Ridge Winery in Tappen, looks over grapes during the growing season. (BC Wine Institute photo)
Small batch winemaker pays attention to detail

Small batch winemaker pays attention to detail

James Schlosser finds his niche

  • Mar 18, 2020
Small batch winemaker pays attention to detail
Robert Summers is retiring after 14 years as the senior winemaker at Oliver’s Hester Creek Estate Winery. (Contributed Image)

Long-time winemaker retires after 14 years in Oliver

Robert Summers joined the Hester Creek Estate Winery team in 2006.

  • Feb 24, 2020
Robert Summers is retiring after 14 years as the senior winemaker at Oliver’s Hester Creek Estate Winery. (Contributed Image)
(Mission Hill Family Estate Winery/Facebook)

Okanagan winery cellarman fired after mistake costs company $162K of wine

The former employee filed a grievance with West Kelowna’s Mission Hill Winery but was unsuccesful

(Mission Hill Family Estate Winery/Facebook)
(Mission Hill Family Estate Winery/Facebook)

Mission Hill cellarman fired after mistakenly dumping $162K of wine down the drain

The former employee filed a grievance with the West Kelowna winery but was unsuccesful

(Mission Hill Family Estate Winery/Facebook)
Sandhill Winery’s winemaker Sandy Leier

Sandhill Winery’s winemaker Sandy Leier

Every vintage has its own unique challenge

  • Sep 11, 2019
Sandhill Winery’s winemaker Sandy Leier
Marina Zarrillo, making wine at Play Estate Winery and Bistro

Marina Zarrillo, making wine at Play Estate Winery and Bistro

Growing grapes and creating wine in the Okanagan Valley

  • Sep 24, 2018
Marina Zarrillo, making wine at Play Estate Winery and Bistro
At Home with Hamish Crawford

At Home with Hamish Crawford

Creator of bakery, restaurant and winery is also an avid antique car collector

  • Sep 17, 2018
At Home with Hamish Crawford