Indigenous World Winery's tasting room is now open. Conveniently located just off Highway 97 in West Kelowna, as of May 29, 2016 the year-round wine shop is open 7 days a week. Taste delicious Jason Parkes wines and browse through the indigenous inspired gift shop while enjoying a one-of-a-kind view of Lake Okanagan.
Feeling a bit peckish? Enjoy a relaxing meal served in a warm, modern setting at the Red Fox Club. The indigenous inspired menu created by chef de cuisine Andrea Callan, is constantly evolving with fresh, locally sourced ingredients Check out the menu here.
Beaumont Family Estate Winery | feature wine Spritz & Giggles Bubbly – a celebration blend of Gewurztraminer and Pinot Blanc Bubbly
Beaumont has released the first bubble on the wine trail called Spritz & Giggles Bubbly, a fun wine for those ‘just because moments’ which has Giggle in the title as is makes people wonder what you are up to! Alexander the Grape will be entertaining people as they stop by and visitors can enjoy some applies and wine jellies too!
Kalala Organic Estate Winery
Enjoy a trio of white wines – two Gewürztraminers and a Late Harvest Viognier while watching and even participating in a mini workshop with Tina Miller, who is known for her handpainted wine glasses.
Little Straw Vineyards
Summer is here and the Barrel Top Grill is open for tapas and wine. During the Sip into Summer event on June 6th Monika Tracey will be playing the keyboards and providing jazzy/blues vocals from 12:30 – 5pm. Purdys Chocolates will also be on site for wine & chocolate pairings with the Blind Wine Tasting Challenge also taking place. Feature wine – old vines auxerrois.
Mt. Boucherie Family Estate Winery
Enjoy smooth jazz sounds of Becca T from 2 pm to 4 pm while under the red sails. Test your skills at the blind wine tasting challenge and have a chance to win a Westside Wine Trail Prize Package!
Mission Hill Family Estate
Test your wine tasting skills with our blind wine challenge while enjoying the music of local musician Lance Carr an accomplished Spanish guitarist. Lance will be playing in the Wine Boutique from 12 to 4 pm.
Quails’ Gate Estate Winery
Blind wine tasting challenge and the sounds of Jeremy Head will entertain guests at Quails’ Gate. Some say that Jeremy’s experience is mainly in folk, while other believe that his roots are in indie and alternative rock. He will be performing from 1 pm – 5 pm.
They not only entertain and forecast the weather on Global Television for all of us in the Okanagan, but Wesla Wong and Duane English have musical talents as well and will be performing at Rollingdale Winery. Stop by, listen to them play and enjoy some sweet treats while you are there as Purdys Chocolates will be on hand for wine & chocolate pairings! Don’t forget to have your blind wine tasting challenge passport validated! Featured wine – organic 2013 Pinot Gris Icewine
Stop by and discover the wines of the newest winery on the Westside Wine Trail – ‘the hatch’ where you will have a chance to sip and discover their wines and discover a new one!
Volcanic Hills Estate Winery
Enjoy browsing one of the largest wine shops in the Okanagan, test your skill in our blind wine testing challenge and watch in awe as local artist Fiona Neal paints a new abstract art piece on our patio. Complimentary tour offered at 3 pm (space is limited) and enjoy a complimentary taste of our featured chardonnay and Riesling ice wines.
The Indigenous World Winery, which began releasing its wines this fall, is the second Okanagan winery with aboriginal ownership.
The first was Nk’Mip Cellars, which opened in 2002. A third is believed to be under development just outside Penticton.
Indigenous World, which also intends to open a distillery, is one of the numerous business ventures of the Westbank First Nation under Chief Robert Louie, an ambitious individual who has come a long way since his birth in 1951 in a home on a reserve. It had neither running water nor electricity.
“I learned to work at five years of age,” he says. “I started working in the Chinese vegetable gardens, along side my grandmother, my mother and my uncle. We have always been hard workers. On our own property here, we raised vegetables and provided our own food and raised our own cattle. I have known work since five years of age and I have not stopped working.”
The winery is the latest venture on a plate overflowing with activities in business and in First Nations politics. Currently, he is chairman of the Peace Hills Trust, the largest aboriginal financial institution in Canada. He is also chair of the First Nations Land Advisory Board, a national organization helping bands take steps toward self-government. He was chief of the Westbank First Nation from 1986 to 1996 and again since 2002.
“At any given time, I am president and/or director of a dozen or more entities that the band is involved with,” Robert says. “And I have been doing that for the better part of 30 plus years.”
In his teens, he dropped out of high school – but not for long. He finished the twelfth grade, went on to get a business administration diploma and was on the way to a degree in commerce when he switched to law. He graduated from the University of Victoria in 1982 and practised with a Vernon law firm for several years before becoming general manager for the Westbank Indian Band Development Company Ltd.
“We run today quite a varied number of businesses,” Robert says of the self-governing Westbank First Nation. “The businesses include real estate development. We are partners in two shopping centres. We have interests in forestry. One of our major economic endeavours is management of about 150,000 acres of some of our traditional lands. We have a community forest license on them. On that we have logging and forestry operations; and responsibility to maintain the safety and the health of the plants and animals. We have investments both on and off the reserve. We have quite a number of entities that are in construction. We have bought and sold business in Kelowna.”
The Westbank First Nation has about 840 members and a reserve about 6,000 acres in size. But its proximity to Kelowna has provided an opportunity to develop residential and other property for non-aboriginals. About 10,000 non-band members live on reserve land.
Robert’s appreciation of wine developed as he mixed with other business people national and internationally. He began thinking seriously about a winery four years ago after he met Jason Parkes, a consulting winemaker in West Kelowna.
“I first met Robert at a wine function – it had nothing to do with Indigenous World” Jason recalls. “He challenged me one day to make a wine that would be one of the better ones in B.C. When the day came that we shook hands, he looked me in the eye and said, ‘Okay, the best in B.C.’.”
A small vineyard, 2 ½ acres of Muscat varieties, was planted on the reserve in 2014, just large enough that Indigenous World qualifies as a land-based winery. Currently, it gets nearly all its grapes from established growers elsewhere in the Okanagan.
This summer, a winery was built with the capacity to produce as much as 10,000 cases a year. An elegant tasting room completed nearby has facilities for a restaurant in the future. An amphitheatre will be developed for musical and theatrical productions.
“I think wine is a good thing,” Robert says. “I know that [Osoyoos Indian Band chief] Clarence Louie and his people are proud of what they have accomplished with Nk’Mip Cellars. Our intention is to be equally as proud. We do not see it as a negative thing whatsoever. Times have changed. Wine and growing of wine and having wineries or distilleries is not a bad thing in this age. There is a market for it and a demand for it. It promotes tourism in the Okanagan Valley, not to mention the economic spinoffs.”
Jason is also coaching Trenton Louie, Robert’s son, whose aboriginal name in the Okanagan Syilx language inspired the label of Hee-Hee Tel-Kin, the winery’s easy-drinking blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot.
“That is his ceremonial name,” Jason explains. “It is a mystical stag, an alpine deer that is rarely seen. I have been working with Trentonfor almost two years now. I am training him in the vineyard, getting him going out there. The main goal is to get Trenton learn about the winemaking; get him involved and hopefully develop him onto a winemaker in the next five to ten years.”
Here are notes on the wines. Not included are two wines not yet available for tasting – a Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir.
Indigenous World Pinot Gris 2014 ($19). This fruity wine has aromas and flavours of pears and citrus fruits. The luscious texture gives it a long finish. 88.
Indigenous World Gewürztraminer 2014 ($19). This wine is crisp and clean, with aromas of spice and grapefruit that are echoed on the palate. The lightness of body contributes to the wine’s freshness and elegance. The finish is dry. 90.
Indigenous World Red Fox Rosé 2014 ($17.50). This is a blend of Zweigelt, Zinfandel and Pinot Meunier. It is a delicious rosé with aromas and flavours of cranberry and cherry. The finish is refreshingly tangy and dry. 88-90.
Indigenous World Hee-Hee Tel-Kin 2014 ($21). This is a generous and full-bodied red with aromas of black cherry and flavours of black cherry and chocolate. Think of Black Forest cake in a bottle, without a sugar overload. 89.
Indigenous World Single Vineyard Merlot 2013 ($35). The wine begins with aromas of cassis and vanilla that are echoed in the flavour, along with notes of chocolate and wild sage. The texture is full, giving the wine a long, generous finish. 91.
Indigenous World Simo Small Lot Red Blend 2012($40). Simo is the Okanagan Syilx given to Robert Louie by his grandmother. The winery did her proud with this bland of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It was aged 27 months in new French oak. The wine has integrated the oak well. It offers a core of vanilla, cherry and other red berry aromas and flavours. The texture is elegantly polished. This wine has won several solid awards, including topping the list of Top 25 wines at Cornucopia. 92.
Link to Original Article: http://johnschreiner.blogspot.ca/2015/11/class-of-2015-indigenous-world-winery.html