Sumac Ridge Estate
Winery produced its first vintage in 1980, making it British Columbia's
first estate winery. Since its inception, Sumac Ridge has been one
of the Okanagan Valley's leading producers of VQA wines.
At the Summerland winery site, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir
and Riesling grapes are grown. Further south, on a 115-acre vineyard
in Oliver (in the south Okanagan) grown are such noble red varieties
as Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, in addition
to a number of white varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc.
The winery augments its own supply of grapes from other respected
vineyards throughout the south Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys.
The first Okanagan winery to produce premium sparkling wines, Sumac
Ridge has developed consistently award-winning wines, as well as a
Port-style wine, from premium vinifera grapes. In 1998 Sumac Ridge
was awarded more medals at international wine competitions (Gold,
Silver and Bronze) than any other Canadian winery. Recently, Sumac
Ridge was mentioned in Wine Spectator magazine for their 1997 Sauvignon
Blanc, Steller's Jay Brut and 1997 Pinot Blanc. A consistent and determined
innovator, the winery also recently introduced the region's first
Meritage bottling, from grapes grown at the Black Sage Vineyard in
Oliver. This Meritage also garnered a rating of 85 points in Wine
Spectator magazine, the only Canadian winery to have a red wine mentioned.
Working together with their talented winemakers, partners Harry McWatters
and Bob Wareham have developed many of Sumac Ridge's wines to accompany
particular foods. Visitors are able to experience these unique food
and wine pairings at the winery's on-site restaurant, the Cellar Door
THE WINE BAR: Enjoy a complimentary tasting of a selection of our cellar select series wines. Offered daily during regular wine shop hours.
TOUR AND TASTING: For a minimal charge (which you can put toward a purchase in our wine shop), take a tour of the winery and sparkling wine cellar, and sample featured reserve label series wines. May 1 to October 31, offered 7 days a week, at 10:00am, 11:00am, Noon, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, and 4:00pm. From November 1 to April 30, tours will be accepted by reservation for groups of 10 or more.
THE FOUNDER'S TASTING ROOM: In a relaxed environment, participate in a tutored tasting of six of our finest wines, presented by our onsite wine specialists. Selected daily, the wines are presented in the appropriate crystal glassware, accentuating the characteristics of each wine tasted. Groups are welcome. From May 1 to October 31, reservations are recommended, but not essential. From November 1 to April 30, please call to reserve. Sumac Ridge
Summerland, V0H 1Z0