BC wineries have lots of milestone anniversaries this summer
Nk’Mip Cellars in Osoyoos is celebrating 20 years, as is Blasted Church in Okanagan Falls and Blue Grouse Winery on Vancouver Island.
When Nk’Mip opened in 2002, it was the first indigenously owned winery in North America.
Justin Hall, a proud member of the Osoyoos Indian band, is also the first indigenous chief winemaker.
The winery honors itself and Hall on National Indigenous Day on June 21st and marks the beginning of the 20th anniversary summer.
Nk’Mip has been sharing history news, anniversary information, photos and special offers on its Instagram throughout the summer.
The winery has also teamed up with local indigenous chef Hit Lalibert to create the $ 113 ‘Bring the Nk’Mip Cellars Experience Home’ kit that people can order online at GreatEstatesOkanagan.com.
The kit includes a $ 40 gift card for Save-On Foods so you can pick up salmon and ingredients for an Indigenous Feast (recipe included) to pair with the two.
Bottles of wine, also kit —Nk’Mip Qwam Qwmt Chardonnay and Qwam Qwmt Syrah.
The winery emphasizes that it may only be 20 years old, but the actual beginnings are much older and rooted in the long-standing agriculture and spirituality of the Osoys country.
Former Osoyoos Indian band chief Sam Baptist helped plant the original grape vine at Inkamp Vineyard in 1968 while he was still in high school.
Today, Baptist is the general manager of the 360-acre Inkamp Vineyard.
In fact, 12% of all grapes grown in BC are grown on Osoyoos Indian Band land.
In the Cilic language, Nk’Mip means ‘land below’, just south of or below Osoyoos Indian Band’s 32,000-acre reservation, a reference to the winery.
Since opening 20 years ago, Nk’Mip has doubled the amount of wine sold annually, with the current volume of 22,000 or 264,000 bottles a year.
The Blasted Church Winery at Okanagan Falls is still finalizing the details of its 20th birthday celebrations, which will take place in August.
But the winery knows the party will include wine, food and live music around its large swimming pool.
In the meantime, you can call the pool and book wine-and-food tastings at The House, a new guest-experience place in the winery.
However, the winery is named for the church that was on the property that exploded with a small charge of dynamite so that it loosened the nails held together so that it could be easily broken and moved.
Blue Grouse Winery in the Caucasus Valley of Vancouver Island was originally started in 1989 by the Kiltz family.
However, Paul and Christina Bruner bought the property in 2012, so this is their 10th anniversary as owners.
With winemaker Bailey Williamson, the winery has grown in both size and reputation as Blue Grouse’s cool-climate wines are sold across the province.
The winery urges people to check out BlueGrouse.ca for a summer special lineup, including a $ 10 glass of sparkling wine, a
A flat shipping fee of $ 10 for any online purchase and a pop-up ‘Bubble Bar’ in Mezzanine in August.
Steve McNoll is an Okanagan wine lover and Canadian wine scholar. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.