2018 British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards
The Results Are In!
In 2018, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, with support from the Government House Foundation, and The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society announced a new partnership in recognizing the best of British Columbia wines with the creation of the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards.
The British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards replaced the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in B.C. Wine and the B.C. Wine Awards. The new competition is open to all licensed wineries in British Columbia, including fruit wines and mead.
Read about the judges here.
GOLD FOR 2017 RIESLING
Our Riesling is grown in the Ritchie Vineyard, located on Okanagan Lake just north of Kelowna. The climate here is cool in grape growing terms and the 2017 vintage was typical in that it was actually cool and brought to an end a string of hotter vintages. This meant a delayed harvest and a long, slow ripening period that retained the acidity and developed great aromatics. This is our fourth vintage of Riesling and although it’s an outlier compared to the last three, we feel it exemplifies the terroir of the region.
GOLD FOR 2015 SOLSTICE PINOT NOIR
The 2015 Solstice Pinot Noir is made from grapes grown in Beaumont Vineyard in West Kelowna and Ritchie Vineyard in Okanagan Centre. 2015 was an exceptionally warm vintage and we chose these two Central Okanagan sites to best express the structure, finesse and varietal character we aim for in our premium Pinot Noir. The wine was aged in French oak barriques and puncheons for 12 months. Solstice Pinot Noir reflects the essence of our surroundings and our commitment to quality.