New winery on the block has a pedigree
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