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When a group of investors acquired the property now called Liquidity Wines in 2009, “it was nothing but dirt and vines,” says Ian MacDonald, one of the founding partners and Liquidity’s president. more

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Harry McWatters and Christa Lee-McWatters

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To describe Time simply as an urban winery does not do justice to Harry McWatters’ latest endeavor. The completion of Time Winery involves the transformation of the historic Pen-mar movie theatre on Main Street in downtown Penticton into a cutting ed more

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Wine drinkers will be able to easily identify bottles of wine from Okanagan Falls now that the area is officially recognized for its wine production. more

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Okanagan Crush Pad in Summerland is launching a new wine label, Free Form, that celebrates the winery earning organic certification for its cellar. The winery has achieved certification under the Pacific Agricultural Certification Society (PACS) more

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Road 13 Vineyard didn’t just crush grapes this year, the Oliver winery crushed the competition at the annual National Wine Awards of Canada. more

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The big expansion at The Vibrant Vine Tasting Room appears to have paid off, as Vibrant Vine and the associated Okanagan Villa Estate Winery were rated the #1 Winery in Canada by Trip Advisor, the Worlds largest Travel Site with over 600 million revi more

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After 11 years at the helm of Black Hills Estate Winery (Black Hills), Glenn Fawcett, director and president, is officially stepping down from the day-to-day operations. Fawcett has led a remarkable evolution of the business since 2007 and is now emb more

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Time Winery

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Okanagan Crush Pad (OCP) proudly announces the launch of a new label, Free Form, in conjunction with the winery earning organic certification for its cellar. The winery has achieved certification under the Pacific Agricultural Certification Society more

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Across the South Thompson River from the aptly named Lion’s Head Bench sits a winery with distinctive (or perhaps dubious) origins. It’s not so much the roots of Kamloops-based Monte Creek Ranch Winery that raise an eyebrow or two, but the link the l more

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If you own a winery and want to throw a big party with lots of great food onsite, the answer may come in the form of a local food truck. more

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Zinfandel

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California’s signature red grape variety, Zinfandel, has gained a toehold in BC’s most productive wine growing area, the South Okanagan. more

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On a dare by a friend at UBC, Gene Covert planted two acres of Zinfandel in 2007-8 with a line-up of other varieties in Coyote vineyard, a 30 acre block on a plateau directly south of McIntyre Bluff. Covert Farm’s 600 acre property which also include more

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Growing Zinfandel in the Okanagan can be challenging, according to James. “Because the clusters are so big and tightly packed, they are prone to rot, especially with overhead irrigation,” he says. “They do much better with drip irrigation. Because of more

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Soon after Stephen Wyse, co-owner of Young & Wyse, planted two acres of Zinfandel sourced from Vintage Nursery in California in 2008. more

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A new rendition of Rustico Farm & Cellars, this quirky boutique winery includes a 12-acre vineyard called South Rock, the most southerly in the Golden Mile Bench sub-appellation. more

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Penticton city council is giving its support to the idea of a boutique hotel in a vineyard on the Naramata Bench. Tony and Barbara Holler, owners of Poplar Grove Winery, are hoping to build a 20-room, four-storey hotel on a piece of land more

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Sandhill Wines announced the appointment of Sandy Leier as lead winemaker, effective June 14. A graduate of UBC Okanagan, Leier has been a winemaker for over 12 years, most recently for Calona Vineyards and Wayne Gretzky Okanagan Wines. more

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Mission Hill Family Estate transitioning to certified organic. more

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Water shortages, especially when it comes to agriculture, are a growing concern. Municipalities are cracking down on water usage and waste water issues. Growers need to manage their water better than ever before to ensure compliance with environmenta more

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