New win­ery on the block has a pedi­gree

The Bot­tle

The Georgia Straight - - Food - Kur­tis Kolt

In the fast-paced, dizzy­ing growth of the Bri­tish Columbia wine in­dus­try, the Okana­gan Val­ley’s Fitz­patrick Fam­ily Vine­yards of­fers some im­pres­sive his­tory and pedi­gree, con­sid­er­ing they’re Sum­mer­land’s new kids on the block.

At the helm of the ven­ture is Gor­don Fitz­patrick, no stranger to those who have been fol­low­ing the lo­cal wine scene dur­ing the past cou­ple of decades. With a back­ground in farm­ing and the lo­cal fruit trade, in 1986 the Fitz­patrick fam­ily pur­chased Kelowna’s Uni­acke win­ery, which went on to be­come the renowned Cedar­creek Es­tate Win­ery. Eight years later, the fam­ily pur­chased a Sum­mer­land prop­erty known as Greata Ranch, where they planted Pinot Noir and Chardon­nay, with those vines still go­ing strong to this day.

Fast­for­ward to 2014, when the Fitz­patrick fam­ily sold Cedar­creek to Von Mandl Fam­ily Es­tates (of Mis­sion Hill Fam­ily Es­tate fame), and Gor­don headed across the lake to the Greata Ranch prop­erty, which his fam­ily had re­tained. It is here that we find what has been

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