January 7, 2019
B.C. has some of Canada’s best wine growing territory. Summerhill Estate Winery has been growing grapes and producing wines in British Columbia since 1991.
Producers in the Okanagan Valley have taken great pains to grow this area into one of North America’s best premium wine‐growing regions. In the Okanagan Valley, you’ll find a huge diversity of vines that thrive in varied microclimates across this 200 kilometre long trough that stretches north from the U.S border, into the central southern interior of British Columbia.
It’s here that Summerhill Estate Winery grows the grapes for the popular and delicious sparkling Summerhill Cipes Brut, Summerhill Ehrenfelser, Gewurztraminer, Summerhill Cabernets, and Summerhill Pinot Gris, all now available at Co-op Wine Spirits Beer.
Winemaker Eric von Krosigk has been working with Summerhill for decades. He helped found the winery alongside partners Stephen and Wendy Cipes. After working with the Cipes family, building the winery and producing many award winning wines, Eric was ready for some new experiences, and departed to seek new challenges.
Von Krosigk helped to create many now-thriving B.C. wineries such as Red Rooster, Adora Estate Winery, and Victoria Estate Winery (now Church and State) before returning home to Summerhill in 2006. Since returning, von Krosigk has transitioned the winery to achieve certified organic status.
“Producing wine organically has a very meaningful benefit to the environment, and some scientists suggest that eating organic foods greatly benefits our health as well,” notes the Summerhill website. “Aside from these benefits, we believe that organic practices allow for the grapes in our vineyards to honestly express their surroundings, providing deep, terroir-driven qualities that are a true articulation of Okanagan terroir.”
The unique and beautiful Okanagan Valley terroir contributes to the high quality and excellent flavours of the wines made here. Pick up a bottle for your next dinner or special occasion.
Summerhill Cipes Brut
Summerhill Estate Winery says the Cipes Brut is the most awarded wine in Canada. A complete original, and an Okanagan Valley classic, it won double gold at the 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition, Gold at the B.C. Wine Awards in 2015 and Sparkling Wine of the Year in 2014’s All Canadian Wine Championship.
One of the most highly anticipated wines, each vintage Summerhill’s Cabernets wins international and national awards, including double gold for the 2012 Cabernets at last year’s San Francisco International Wine Festival. Made with 66% Cabernet Franc and 34% Cabernet Sauvignon to create a structured and bold wine, you’ll notice notes of cherry, plum and a hints of rich vanilla.
Expect a burst of stone fruit like peach, alongside tropical lychee, and tangy ruby red grapefruit, plus some hints of spice in this refreshing, light wine.
This white has a luxurious texture and wildly delicious layers of flavours and aromas. Expect hints of apricot, gooseberry, citrus, honeysuckle, orange blossom, cantaloupe, and peach, with undertones of tropical fruits. This beautiful white won Best of Class Gold Medal 2018 at the Pacific Rim International Wine Competition.
Summerhill Pinot Gris
This aromatic, peppy and easy drinking wine has hints of pear, plus citrusy notes like lemon zest, citrus and pink grapefruit. It’s a natural alongside any seafood dish.
Find Summerhill Cipes Brut, Summerhill Ehrenfelser, Gewurztraminer, Summerhill Cabernets, and Summerhill Pinot Gris at Calgary-area Co-op Wine Spirits Beer stores, or watch for one of their tasting events, featuring winemaker Eric von Krosigk, who frequently visits Calgary to share his knowledge and passion for BC wine.
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