Hester Creek Winery

Henry Yuen

Like a heritage house undergoing a face-lift, the latest styles and designs would likely be considered as part of the renovations; however, upholding as much of classic characters and nostalgic feels of the building is of utmost importance. As one of the longest established wineries in the Golden Mile region of the Okanagan, Hester Creek Winery has just gone through a similar transformation. A beautiful guest villa with a Tuscan theme; new wine room, new restaurant, along with new trendy activities such as cooking classes, wine pairing events and concerts.  Above all these, there is an entirely new label to give the winery a complete new look and to visitors an exciting touring experience.  An aptly and timely evolution that gives a wider scope of recognition to Hester Creek Winery’s brand name and image.

According to general manager Mark Sheridan, what has not changed is the care and attention to details in the vineyards. Some of the vines are planted in the 60’s which are well suited to the terrain of the location; that still remains unchanged. However, effort is being made to fine tune each block to get maximum quality and yield. “But not necessarily quantity yield.” Mark stressed. “In fact, production might even decrease slightly to improve grape quality. Small parcels of different grapes will be retained such as the Trebbiano vines not found in other vineyards in British Columbia.” Winemaker Robert Summer continues to tend to both vertical and horizontal products and concentrates on smaller lot productions of high quality wines. While the planting acreage will be the same, strenuous efforts are made in the vineyards such as enhancing the drip irrigation system to improve the viticulture process.  “Making exceptional VQA wines is still the focus after all the years.” Both Mark and Robert are in total accord and harmony.

Lucky for wine lovers, there will be three new wines to be launched at the upcoming Vancouver Wine Festival. A 2009 “Character” Red is a blend of Merlot, Shiraz, Malbec and Petit Verdot.  A 2010 White is a blend of Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, and Trebbiano. A bull-bodied 2007 “Judge” Red is a blend of Merlot, Cabinet Franc and Cabinet Sauvignon. According to Mark, these are wines crafted with the intention of “concentrating on doing extremely well on a few things” and “is a true expression of the nature of the winery and the passion of the people behind it”. All these new wines are ready to be enjoyed and are easy to pair with most dishes of different food groups.

To avoid disappointment since they are not mass productions, the best ways to get a hand on these wines are through

the winery wine shop, order online, visit various private wine shops and those restaurants lucky enough to get an allotment!              


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