News & Events


2017 

Posted March 1, 2017


We are now open daily from 11am-5pm (Spring hours) for the 2017 season! Tasting fees collected this year will be donated to the following local charities: Children's Wish Foundation, YMCA Okanagan, BC Hospitality Foundation.


Icewine Review

Posted February 25, 2017

Our first ever Icewine received 92 points from wine critic David Lawrason, WineAlign.  

"This very sweet, very silky and delicate Icewine weighs in at 10.3% alcohol, thankfully low. The aromas and flavours are loaded with peach/pear fruit, lemon blossom, honey and fine evergreen. It's full bodied, thick and viscous but also quite refined. The length is excellent to outstanding." Tasted February 2017.

Now Hiring: Wine Shop Manager 

Posted February 13, 2017

Arrowleaf Cellars is looking for a personable Wine Shop Manager to lead daily front-of-house operations. This is a full-time, seasonal position that runs from March 1st/15th to December 24. 

Arrowleaf Cellars has a longstanding reputation for producing exceptional quality wines. At Arrowelaf, our goal is to create a welcoming space where visitors can enjoy our products and the natural beauty of the Okanagan Valley. We are a family-owned and operated winery that holds integrity and reliability as core values. As such, we are looking for a dedicated individual to manage our Tasting Room with professionalism and positivity. Potential candidates must have advanced wine knowledge and an excellent understanding of the BC wine industry. 

Position Responsibilities: 
  • Handle daily operations of the Tasting Room including supervision of the wine shop hosts
  • Lead tastings and handle sales transactions in our busy wine shop both alone and as part of a team
  • Lead educational and private tastings and tours
  • Anticipate customer needs and deliver exceptional customer service
  • Mentor members of the Tasting Room team
  • Provide training and periodic performance reviews for Tasting Room staff
Job Requirements: 
  • Must be available to work weekends; open and flexible schedule required for the duration of the season
  • Must be able to stand for prolonged periods of time and lift 40lbs with ease multiple times per day
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in the wine trade, retail wine sales, or food and beverage/sommelier experience
  • Wine education: Level 2 ISG or WSET, Level 3 preferred
  • Current Serving It Right certification
  • Working knowledge of Word and Excel 
  • The ability to speak conversational French, Mandarin or German is considered a desirable asset
Please send your resume and covering email to wineshop@arrowleafcellars.com

We look forward to hearing from you!


Holiday Market at Arrowleaf Cellars

Posted September 9, 2016


On December 3, we're inviting our favorite local crafters to set up shop in our winery. This is your chance to discover one-of-a-kind gift ideas and pick up tried and true favorites that are hand-made right here in our neighborhood. 

Stop by between 10:30am and 4:30pm to meet our local vendors and pick up that perfect special something. 

  • Splat & Co
  • Karat Chocolate 
  • Sweet & Cozy Children’s Gifts
  • Crawford Creek
  • Bellaklava
  • Monscurls
  • Pink Shark
  • Tomo Jewelry
  • Hellish Relish
  • Mr. Hoot & Co.
  • Sassan Filsoof
  • Olive Us
  • Burnish Designs
  • G-Code Cutting and Design
  • Brandy Masch
  • Mother Love Ferments
  • Simply Salsa
  • Sticks and Stones by Jones
  • Green Bean Reloved 
  • ...

Admission to this event is free of charge but we will be collecting monetary and non-perishable food donations for the local food bank. Please give generously. 

We'll by making a huge batch of complimentary mulled wine and wine tastings at our bar will be available as usual. Our tastings are $5, refundable with purchase of 1 bottle. If you'd like to taste and not purchase, all fees will be donated to the Lake Country Food Bank. The Kitchen at Arrowleaf will re-open this weekend to offer fresh baked desserts and hot beverages! 

Join our Facebook event here.

See you on December 3!


2016 BC Wine Awards

Posted October 1, 2016


We are very proud of our winemaker Manuel Zuppiger and vineyard manager Joe Zuppiger for bringing home twelve medals at this year's BC Wine Awards. Congratulations to all the award winners, it was a great night! 

Gold 

  • Pinot Gris 2015
  • Rosé 2015
  • First Crush White 2015

Silver

  • Zweigelt 2014
  • Solstice Pinot Noir 2014
  • Snow Tropics 2015
  • Gewürztraminer 2015
  • First Crush Red 2014 

Bronze

  • Merlot 2013
  • Riesling 2015
  • Pinot Noir 2014
  • Special Select Late Harvest Vidal 2015

Gold at the 2016 Mondial des Pinots

Posted September 7, 2016

We are very excited to have been awarded a Gold medal for our 2014 Solstice Pinot Noir at the Mondial des Pinots held in Sierre, Switzerland! We were also awarded two Silvers for 2015 Solstice Pinot Gris (oaked) and 2015 Pinot Gris (unoaked). This is the only international competition entirely dedicated to wines made from Pinot family grapes. 


2016 Harvest Begins with Bacchus

Posted September 6, 2016

Winemaker Manny teaching new cellarhand Charles on the first crush of the 2016 season. 


Tasting Fee Donations

Posted September 2, 2016

Beginning in 2016, tasting fees collected in our wine shop will be donated to local British Columbian charities in 2-month blocks. 

March and April
British Columbia Hospitality Foundation (BCHF) - This charity provides 'last resort' financial support for individuals within the hospitality community coping with a financial crisis arising from a medical condition or injury. 

May and June
Arion Theraputic Farm - Located in South-East Kelowna, their mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals through therapeutic equine experiences. 

July and August

September and October
Sing for your Life Foundation - Their mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of older Canadians through music. 

November and Decemeber

Icewine Release 

Posted June 17, 2016

Our first ever Vidal Icewine is now available at our wine shop! The grapes for this wine were handpicked by our family and a small crew at 5am on November 27, 2015 with temperatures reaching -10 degrees. This is a decadent dessert wine with caramel, honey and quince flavors. It is rich and concentrated with just enough acidity to provide freshness and elegance. View product page


Trophy Award: White Wine of the Year 

Posted June 13, 2016

We are thrilled that our 2015 Ritchie Vineyard Riesling received the trophy award for White Wine of the Year at this year's All Canadian Wine Championships. See full listing here.


Culinaire Magazine: Five Cool Wineries for 2016 

Posted May 5, 2016

Thanks to Jeannette Montgomery for including us in Five Cool Wineries for 2016 in Culinaire Magazine.

Arrowleaf Cellars

Why it's cool: Crafting quality wines since 2001, seemingly on the QT

Wine to watch: Quiet-restraint-meets-richness-and-depth 2014 Solstice Pinot Noir

In 1996, Joe and Margrit Zuppiger sold their 10-year old Alberta dairy farm and purchased 16 acres in Lake Country just North of Kelowna. The Family planted vines and built a small winery, while son Manuel studied winemaking in their home country of Switzerland, opening a modest room open to the public in 2003. From the first vintage of 1,000 cases to their current 15,000 cases per year, the original acreage now includes one leased vineyard and a long term buying contract from a neighbor. In 2015 they built a new, modern tasting room and barrel cellar to keep up with demand for their wines. Joe runs the vineyard. Margrit the office, and Manuel the cellar.

Manuel's depth of knowledge is hidden beneath a friendly modesty. After 15 years and even with increased production, he still works the cellar with only one fulltime assistant and a small seasonal crew at vintage. In the summer, his sisters (Karin and Janine) return from Montreal and Vancouver to run the new bistro that overlooks Lake Okanagan. Aromatic white wines and delicately layered reds anchor a portfolio that provides a beautiful expression of the diligent and consistent work of this unassuming family. 


2016 British Columbia Best of Varietal Wine Awards 

Posted April 28, 2016

Big congratulations to our winemaker Manny who brought home 4 awards this evening including:

  • Best Pinot Gris (2015)
  • Best White Blend (Snow Tropics 2015)
  • Silver for Merlot 2013
  • Silver for Pinot Noir 2014

View full results here.


Arrowleaf Season

Posted April 15, 2016


Winery dog Kermin hanging out with the Arrowleaf Balsamroot wildflowers. #namesake

Arrowleaf's First Ever Icewine Harvest

Posted November 27, 2015

Winery co-owner Margrit Zuppiger braved the cold at 5am this morning for our first ever Icewine harvest.

"The grapes are of excellent quality right now," says vineyard manager Joe Zuppiger. "An added benefit from harvesting Icewine in November is the clean fruit we get with very little damage from birds and wildlife." 

Read more about BC's Icewine harvest here.


Holiday Market at Arrowleaf: Saturday, December 5, 2015

Posted November 3, 2015

On December 5, we're inviting our favorite local crafters to set up shop in our winery. This is your chance to discover one-of-a-kind gift ideas and pick up tried and true favorites that are hand-made right here in our neighborhood. 

Stop by between 11am and 5pm to meet our local vendors and pick up that perfect special something. 

  • Obvious Object
  • Monscurls
  • Studio Soap Co.
  • Olive Us
  • Liv a Lil Chocolates
  • Pink Shark Gift Baskets
  • Crawford Creek Designs 
  • Mr. Hoot & Co.
  • Burnish Designs
  • Splat & Co. 
  • Hello Yellow Canary 
  • She Devil Delights
  • WhoopCycle Design 
And more! 

We're making a huge batch of complimentary mulled wine, and of course our Arrowleaf wine samples will be complimentary as usual. 

See you on December 5! 

Join our Facebook event here.


SICA Commercial Building Awards

Posted November 1, 2015

We are very honored to receive the 2015 Award of Excellence from the SICA Commercial Building Awards for our new tasting room and barrel cellar. Full credit goes to our architect, Robert Mackenzie, and contractor, Greyback Construction. See all winners here.



Arrowleaf judged the number two winery in Canada at The Nationals

Posted August 5, 2015

The WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada is this country's most comprehensive and reputable wine competition. Highly respected judges blind-tasted 1408 wines from 205 wineries and awarded platinum, gold, silver and bronze medals. Based on each winery's performance, they compiled a list of this year's top 25 wineries in Canada. We are thrilled to have won 5 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals, making us the number two winery in Canada! We have made it into the top 25 before, but being so close to the top is an achievement we are very proud of. Congratulations to the winery of the year, Mission Hill Family Estate, and to everyone who made the top 25.

List of the top 25 wineries

National Wine Awards of Canada summary page   


The Kitchen at Arrowleaf is Now Open! 

Posted May 24, 2015

The Kitchen at Arrowleaf features picnic-inspired lunch foods including cheese and charcuterie plates meant for sharing, savory pastries, and house-made sweets. Over the next month, our menu will expand to include salad bowls and wraps with both vegetarian and vegan options. In addition to our wine menu, we have a full espresso bar, specialty blended organic teas and BC-made cold beverages. We strongly believe in supporting our fellow local farmers and food producers, and strive to feature as many BC-made items on our menu as possible. 

The Kitchen is now open for lunch daily from 11:30am-5:30pm. No reservations. 



2015 All Canadian Wine Championships

Posted May 15, 2015

We are excited to have won 4 gold medals at the 2015 All Canadian Wine Championships for our Riesling 2014, Pinot Gris 2014, Gewürztraminer 2014, and First Crush Rosé 2014. 

Congratulations to all of the winners! See full results here.


Spring Wine Festival Event at Arrowleaf! 

Posted May 3, 2015

Progressive Tasting: Smell, Taste, Touch

Taste and evaluate our signature white and red varietal wines paired with the fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices that make up the aroma and flavor characteristics of each wine. Stations will be set up around the winery where you can taste and explore six wines in this unique sensory experience. Raffle draw will be announced at 4pm. 

Saturday, May 9, 2015  |  1pm-4pm

$5 per person  |  Tickets available for purchase on event date.

We hope to see you there! 


Arrowleaf's First Ever Riesling

Posted May 3, 2015

We are so excited to announce the debut of our first ever Riesling! First runner up at this week's Spring Okanagan Best of Varietal Wine Awards, the grapes of this wine were grown exclusively at Ritchie Vineyards located less than 5km south of our winery. With mouthwatering citrus, green apple, pineapple and honey notes, this off-dry Riesling is now available in our tasting room. Come by for a try! 


Spring Wine Fest is Here! 

Posted May 1, 2015

We are thrilled to be recognized four times at the Spring Okanagan Best of Varietal Wine Awards. Our finalists include: Riesling 2014, First Crush White 2014, Solstice Pinot Noir 2012, and Gewurztraminer 2014. 

Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists. View compete list here. Happy wine fest! 


Spring Stroll Through the Vineyard

Posted April 30, 2015

Our vineyards are off to a great and early start this year - buds on our 1986 estate plantings of Bacchus. 


We <3 BC-Made Products

Posted April 9, 2015

Our new tasting room features BC-made products inspired by our beautiful province. These local goodies include: cookbooks, linen tea towels, seed collections, greeting cards, honey, sea salt, preserves, fruit juices, cold beverages, specialty cheeses, and crackers.


New Tasting Room Now Open for the 2015 Season  

Posted March 1, 2015

Our new tasting room is now open daily from 10am to 6pm. Stay tuned for the grand opening date of The Kitchen at Arrowleaf in May. 



A Look into Owner Joe's Workshop

Posted September 22, 2014

Joe's latest projects include hand-poured concrete logo letters for the exterior of the new wine shop, and a wooden logo to hang behind the new bar. #diy


2014 Mondial des Pinots Wine Competition

August 25, 2014


New Tasting Room to Open in Fall 2014

Posted July 5, 2014

We are excited to announce a new wineshop and tasting lounge set above a lower-level private tasting cellar and barrel room. Designed by architect Robert Mackenzie, the floor-to-ceiling glass and concrete and timber structure takes full advantage of the natural light and surrounding views across the lake and mountains beyond. 

We hope the project will be complete by September/October. Stay tuned for a grand-opening date! 

Our wineshop and picnic area are open regular hours during construction. 


2014 National Wine Awards of Canada

July 1, 2014

The 2014 National Wine Awards of Canada were released this week. We are honored to be recognized as one of the Top 25 Canadian Wineries based on our 8 medal winnings.