It can be difficult for a new winery to be taken seriously, but SpierHead Winery in Kelowna has not only been noticed, but has been given accolades by industry professionals.
At the 2012 BC Wine Awards SpierHead was picked as the Best New Winery, taking home a silver medal for the 2010 Pinot Noir plus a bronze each for the 2010 Chardonnay and the 2010 Pursuit (a Merlot-based Bordeaux blend).
At the Canadian Wine Awards SpierHead’s 2010 Chardonnay, Pursuit and Vanguard (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc blend) each took a bronze medal, but the crown went to the 2010 Pinot Noir. It received a gold, was ranked number seven among the top 25 wines from British Columbia and was also called the best Pinot Noir in all of Canada out of a field of 94 Pinot Noirs.
SpierHead is co-owned by Brian Sprout who lives onsite, Vancouver lawyer William Knutson and investment dealer Bruce Hirtle.