Com­bin­ing award-win­ning wines with award-win­ning ar­chi­tec­ture

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On a re­cent busi­ness trip to Kelowna, a group of us were very for­tu­nate to have a chance to visit Mis­sion Hill Fam­ily Es­tate win­ery. Since my re­turn I have been look­ing at all the fab­u­lous pho­tos we took and am kind of ob­sessed with how winer­ies are com­bin­ing award-win­ning wines with award-win­ning ar­chi­tec­ture.

We had a won­der­ful tour and tast­ing with a very knowl­edge­able som­me­lier who hap­pened to be from e Nether­lands. I seem to be more struck by the ar­chi­tec­ture then I was by the wine. Not to say their wines were any­thing less than stel­lar. ey re­ally have done an amaz­ing job of creat­ing an ex­pe­ri­ence that com­bines the beau­ti­ful vis­tas of the Okana­gan Val­ley with build­ings that look like they have al­ways been on the site. You lit­er­ally want to stay there for hours sip­ping wine and en­joy­ing the views.

Dur­ing the sum­mer months they have con­certs in their very own am­phithe­atre and a restau­rant with a menu that changes con­stantly. ey work with lo­cal farm­ers and grow their own pro­duce. In both the pro­duc­tion of wine and the prepa­ra­tion of food they em­ploy sus­tain­able and bio­dy­namic agri­cul­tural prac­tices. ey even have their own honey bees!

e trans­for­ma­tion of the site took a team of ar­chi­tects, de­sign­ers and crafts­men six years to com­plete. Award-win­ning ar­chi­tect Tom Kundig was cho­sen to lead the trans­for­ma­tion. e con­crete struc­tures with curved arches are in­tended to be sec­ond to the land­scape. Their in­ten­tion was to cre­ate a place where life slows down, and I think they have done ex­actly that. You feel re­laxed the mo­ment you en­ter the front gates. As you ar­rive you see two stat­ues in med­i­ta­tion and you have the urge to join them.

Now I know the rea­son I loved this prop­erty so much — “A mu­seum-style re­cep­tion hall, home to a Marc Cha­gall orig­i­nal, is about the full­ness of empti­ness, ac­cord­ing to Ku­nig. e goal, to edit out the ex­tra­ne­ous and al­low vis­i­tors to ex­pe­ri­ence the sim­plic­ity that comes from a tran­quil en­vi­ron­ment.” To read more about the ar­chi­tec­ture of this amaz­ing place, check out their web­site https:// www. mis­sion­hill­win­ery. com/ es­tate_ win­ery/ ar­chi­tec­ture/ar­chi­tect.aspx.

ere are a cou­ple of rea­sons I wanted to share all of this with you as we head into the hol­i­day sea­son. First of all, you know I love the con­cept of empti­ness and sim­plic­ity. Creat­ing a lit­tle empti­ness in your space right now might be an ex­cel­lent idea. Also, as we head into the gift-giv­ing sea­son and the stress of gur­ing out what to buy for whom, I love the idea of an ex­pe­ri­ence-based gift.

On the theme of winer­ies and tours, you could book a Grape Es­capes tour for a group of fam­ily and friends right here in our own back yard — in Nova Sco­tia’s own wine coun­try in the An­napo­lis Val­ley. It ap­pears you can even book a tour in the win­ter. at’s one way to beat the win­ter blues.

e con­cept of an ex­pe­ri­ence might give you some other awe­some ideas that would in­clude adults and chil­dren. at would be one way to achieve your gift­giv­ing goal with a lit­tle more ease. Al­though, I sup­pose you would be sign­ing up for some ex­tra work co­or­di­nat­ing every­one when it comes time to use the gift. I know that many of you love get­ting peo­ple to­gether for an out­ing, so go for it.

Jane Veld­hoven owns Get Or­ga­nized by De­sign in Hal­i­fax and loves work­ing with busy peo­ple to help them de-clut­ter, re­design, and redec­o­rate their spa­ces, move to a new

home, or ren­o­vate their ex­ist­ing home


The es­tate room at Mis­sion Hill Win­ery


The Ter­race Restau­rant at Mis­sion Hill Win­ery


Out­door am­phithe­atre at Mis­sion Hill Win­ery

Jane Veld­hoven

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