17.06.16

European Debut At Prowein For Canada’s Okanagan Crush Pad Winery

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European Debut At Prowein For Canada’s Okanagan Crush Pad Winery

Okanagan Crush Pad winery, located in Canada’s Okanagan Valley, will be making its first foray into the European market debuting at ProWein Dusseldorf March 13th to 15th. The winery was established in 2011 and has quickly gained a reputation in their home market for their efforts towards organic growing and natural wine making.

Owner Christine Coletta gives their international consultants Italian winemaker Alberto Antonini and Chilean soil expert Pedro Parra credit for the vision. Antonini has been working with the winery since 2010 while Parra joined in 2012 to help select and design a new vineyard site which will see its first harvest in 2016. “We are all on the same page with respect to the direction we are travelling. The real heavy lifting falls to our viticulture and winemaking teams who have followed the road map drawn by Antonini and Parra perfectly,” noted Coletta.

Developed as the first purpose built custom crush winery in Canada, Okanagan Crush Pad winery is capable of 35,000 cases annually. As such they focus on small lots of premium wines, crafting their own two portfolios, Haywire and Narrative exclusively in concrete tanks. With the exception of their sparkling wines, additives such as yeast and nutrients are not used. As its sole purpose the team aims to craft wines that showcase the natural beauty of the Okanagan Valley and as such are unmasked“We want the wine community to discover what excites us about our growing region and we feel Prowein is an excellent place to start,” said Coletta.

At Prowein the team will be showcasing their Haywire natural wines made from Switchback Organic Vineyard in addition to an Ancient Method sparkling wine from Narrative. Representing the winery will be owner Christine Coletta, her daughter Alison Scholefield, winery business partner David Scholefield and winery ambassador Michael West. 

Okanagan Crush Pad, producer of Haywire and Narrative, has quickly built a reputation as a premium winery and has received unprecedented awards and accolades with chief winemaker Matt Dumayne at the helm. Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie built Okanagan Crush Pad in scenic Summerland, BC, on Switchback Organic Vineyard, a site that is home to roaming sheep, chickens and ducks. Dumayne crafts natural wines using state-of-the-art concrete tanks, native yeast and minimal additives. The wines reflect the region's unique high mountain/northern desert setting noted for its intensely hot, short growing season with hallmark cool evenings. In their constant pursuit of innovation, the team added a line of wine-based spirits under the Narrative label in 2015. Visitors discover a guest center, built into the heart of the winery, offering a rare glance into the art of winemaking and a place where they can sample and purchase a wide range of wines and spirits.

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Date of Release:               16 February 2016

Further information - emma wellings pr:  t 020 8996 5168  e emma@ew-pr.co.uk