Wine­mak­ing in BC ..........

Savour - - SUMMER CONTENTS - By Chytra Brown

as a child, Pas­cal Made­von was in­tro­duced to wine­mak­ing by his grand­fa­ther. Per­haps fond child­hood mem­o­ries forged his love of oenol­ogy; his pas­sion for the sub­ject is clear. A clas­si­cally trained viti­cul­tur­al­ist and wine­maker, Made­von was born, raised and ed­u­cated in France, com­plet­ing an oenol­ogy de­gree at the Univer­sity of Bour­deaux, He car­ries the knowl­edge and en­thu­si­asm for cre­at­ing great wine and is driven to­ward new and ex­cit­ing chal­lenges. Made­von joined the Cul­mina Fam­ily Es­tate Win­ery in Jan­uary 2013 as Vine­yard Man­ager and Wine­maker. He first met the pro­pri­etor of Cul­mina, Don­ald Triggs, in 2006 when they both worked for Vin­cor — Triggs as CEO and Made­von as wine­maker. Cul­mina, the vi­sion of Don and Elaine Triggs, is lo­cated in the south Okana­gan. Made­von has spent the last 20 years of his ca­reer im­mersed in all facets of grow­ing grapes and mak­ing some of the finest wines B.C. has to of­fer. When asked what his big­gest ex­pec­ta­tion is for him­self in this new role with Cul­mina, Made­von states, “to make a wine I love and that the cus­tomer loves”. He spends many hours each day in the vine­yard. Cul­mina op­er­ates three vine­yard sites: Stan’s Bench, Mar­garet’s Bench and Arise Vine­yards, a to­tal of 54 plantable acres. He’s very ex­cited about the en­tire pro­ject, but both he and Triggs are par­tic­u­larly keen to see how the “ex­per­i­men­tal” plant­ing of the up­per part of Mar­garet’s Bench will be able to pro­duce such unique va­ri­etals such as Gruner Vet­liner. This vine­yard is at the high­est el­e­va­tion in the South Okana­gan; an el­e­va­tion that is re­spon­si­ble for cooler con­di­tions and has de­gree days sim­i­lar to Di­jon, France. Not quite sure about this en­deav­our, both Made­von and Triggs are re­luc­tant to di­vulge the ex­act use for the grapes in th­ese vine­yards, but be­lieve that the re­sults will be great. Made­von re­in­forces the im­por­tance of choos­ing va­ri­etals wisely to “match” ter­roir. A great deal of plan­ning and re­search has gone into

all the Cul­mina vine­yards. Long range sci­en­tific stud­ies to de­ter­mine the heat units, soil qual­ity and wa­ter hold­ing ca­pac­ity, as well as the best lo­ca­tions for the best grapes, have re­sulted in what Made­von feels will pro­duce great wine. Made­von eas­ily con­veys his pas­sion for both the South Okana­gan and his love of B.C. wine. We are ex­cited to see what’s in store when the first vin­tages are re­leased by Cul­mina un­der Made­von’s di­rec­tion later this sum­mer. The Cul­mina wine shop is due to open this Au­gust. Visit them on­line at cul­mina.ca. Savour con­trib­u­tor Jim Martin will be ex­plor­ing the “Cul­mina story” fur­ther in our fall is­sue. To check up on this topic visit savour­mag.com.

Pas­cal Made­von

Cul­mina Triggs fam­ily

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