Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery

About

One of the oldest family run estate winery in the Okanagan with 25 years of passionate winemaking reflected in superior quality wines.

Location Description

Located in the Okanagan’s premier grape region, Gehringer Brothers is nestled in the heart of the well-known Golden Mile area south of Oliver. It is tucked in among several neighbouring wineries, overlooking an expanse of vineyard and orchards as far as Osoyoos Lake.

Contact

Fax: (250) 498-3510

Features

  • “One of the finest white wine producers anywhere on the west coast.” – Wine Press Northwest

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Winemaker

Walter and Gordon are included in a very select group of qualified winemakers that are B.C. born yet have learned their craft in Europe. They compete amongst the world’s best year after year, and their hard work, and dedication to perfection has not gone unnoticed.

History

The Gehringer brother’s dream of an estate winery goes back to 1973. After high school Walter Gehringer went to West Germany for five years where he acquired his fine wine-making skills, graduating from the world-renowned University of Geisenheim with an Engineering degree in viticulture and oenology. His brother Gordon also spent four years in West Germany studying the wine master’s art and graduating with a degree from Weinsberg.

After their father Helmut & his brother Karl completed a seven year micro-climate evaluation, the present vineyard site was purchased in 1981. In 1985 the winery was built and the first vintage produced. The past 25 years of passionate winemaking is reflected in the unparalleled level of consistency. This dedication to capture the essence of the grape has crafted a tradition, consistently attaining VQA status and winning numerous awards. The Gehringer style is a symbiosis of terroir, ripe sweet fruit and firm acidity.

Today, the winery boasts an impressive line-up of 22 wines consisting of the following brands: Gehringer Brothers Classic, Private Reserve, Optimum, Dry Rock, Minus Nine and Signature Icewines.

Practices & Techniques

Since the collected glass melts at a lower temperature than raw natural products, and so more easily and faster; Less CO2 emitted into the atmosphere;

Because it meets customer needs while conserving natural resources for future generations, glass recycling fits perfectly with a sustainable development approach. Clearly a process of the future, glass recycling nonetheless has strong historical roots: European countries have been recycling glass for many years, and selective sorting has become a commonplace and accepted practice.

Glass has intrinsic qualities making it a high environmental performer. Fully recyclable means just that – a used bottle can be utilized to manufacture a new bottle – an endless glass recycling cycle in which nothing is lost in terms of both quality and quantity. Combined with all its other properties, “recyclability” is, therefore, the perfect word to describe glass.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

The vineyard’s southeast aspect and gentle slopes give the vines excellent exposure to sunshine, while the elevated location on the bench keeps the vines safely above the Fall frost zone. The high mountain slopes behind the vineyards to the west provide evening shade, resulting in a rapid cool-off during summer, which is turn prevents the grape acids from dropping. That is what shapes the Gehringer style: a fine balance between ripe, sweet fruit and firm, clean acidity.

Awards

2014

OKANAGAN WINE FESTIVALS – Best of Varietal Wine Awards
2012 Optimum Pinot Noir – Best Pinot Noir
2013 Riesling – Finalist
NorthWest Wine Summit
* Runner Up for Winery of Distinction
2013 Private Reserve Riesling GOLD
2013 Dry Rock Sauvignon Blanc GOLD
2013 Auxerrois GOLD
2013 Desert Sun GOLD
2013 Private Reserve Pinot Gris SILVER
2013 Riesling SILVER
2013 Gewürztraminer-Schönburger SILVER
2012 Optimum Pinot Noir SILVER
2013 Dry Rock Chardonnay BRONZE
2012 Private Reserve Pinot Noir BRONZE
2012 Dry Rock Merlot BRONZE
All Canadian Wine Competition
2013 Gewurztraminer/Schonburger GOLD
2013 Desert Sun GOLD
2013 Dry Rock Unoaked Chardonnay SILVER
2013 Private Reserve Riesling BRONZE
2013 Riesling BRONZE
Los Angeles International Wine Awards
2013 Dry Rock Chardonnay – 94 Points GOLD MEDAL
2013 Riesling – 92 Points GOLD MEDAL
2013 Ehrenfelser – 91 Points GOLD MEDAL
2013 Private Reserve Riesling – 90 Points GOLD MEDAL
2013 Auxerrois – SILVER MEDAL
2013 Private Reserve Pinot Gris – SILVER MEDAL
2013 Gewurztraminer/Schonburger – SILVER MEDAL
2013 Desert Sun – SILVER MEDAL
Indy International Wine Competition
2013 Ehrenfelser Double Gold
2013 Dry Rock Chardonnay Gold
2013 Private Reserve Pinot Gris Gold
2013 Auxerrois Gold
2013 Gewürztraminer-Schönburger Gold
2013 Riesling Silver
2013 Private Reserve Riesling Silver
2013 Desert Sun Silver
2013 Private Reserve Pinot Noir Silver
2013 Cabernet-Merlot Silver
2013 Riesling Late Harvest Silver
2013 Cabernet Franc Late Harvest Silver
2013 Minus-9- Icewine Silver
2013 Dry Rock Sauvignon Blanc Bronze
2013 Riesling Icewine Bronze
2013 Cabernet Franc Icewine Bronze

2013

All Canadian Wine Competition
2012 Private Reserve Riesling Gold
2012 Dry Riesling Gold
2012 Private Reserve Pinot Blanc Gold
2012 Dry Rock Sauvignon Blanc Gold
2011 Dry Rock Merlot Gold
2012 Private Reserve Pinot Gris Bronze
2012 Gewürztraminer-Schönburger Bronze
2011 Private Reserve Pinot Noir Bronze
NorthWest Wine Summit
2012 Private Reserve Riesling Gold
2012 Gewürztraminer-Schönburger Gold
2012 Ehrenfelser Silver
2012 Desert Sun Silver
2012 Dry Rock Chardonnay Silver
2012 Private Reserve Pinot Blanc Silver
2012 Dry Rock Sauvignon Blanc Silver
2011 Private Reserve Pinot Noir Silver
2011 Optimum Pinot Noir Silver
2011 Dry Rock Merlot Silver
2011 Dry Rock Cabernet-Merlot Silver
2012 Dry Riesling Bronze
2012 Private Reserve Pinot Gris Bronze
2012 Optimum Pinot Gris Bronze
Spring BC Wine Awards
2011 Dry Rock Chardonnay unoaked The Best
2011 Dry Rock Sauvignon Blanc Best of Varietal
2012 Desert Sun Best of Varietal
Los Angeles International Wine Competition
2012 Auxerrois Gold
Best of Class 95 Pts
2012 Dry Riesling Gold 95 Pts
2012 Ehrenfelser Gold 92 Pts
2012 Private Reserve Pinot Gris Gold 92 Pts
2012 Private Reserve Riesling Gold 90 Pts
2012 Riesling Silver
2012 Private Reserve Pinot Blanc Silver
2012 Desert Sun Silver
2012 Dry Rock Sauvignon Blanc Silver
2012 Dry Rock Chardonay Bronze
2012 Optimum Pinot Gris Bronze

2012

All Canadian Wine Competition
2011 Private Reserve Riesling Gold
2010 Private Reserve Pinot Noir Gold
2011 Dry Riesling Silver
2011 Riesling Silver
2011 Dry Rock Sauvignon Blanc Silver
2011 Auxerrois Silver
2010 Dry Rock Merlot Silver
2011 Private Reserve Pinot Gris Bronze
2011 Cabernet Franc Icewine Gold
2011 Riesling Icewine Double Gold
Best Dessert Wine of the Year

NorthWest Wine Summit
2011 Riesling Gold
2011 Dry Riesling Gold
2011 Private Reserve Pinot Blanc Gold
2011 Desert Sun Silver
2011 Dry Rock Chardonnay Silver
2011 Gewürztraminer-Schönburger Silver
2011 Private Reserve Pinot Gris Silver
2011 Private Reserve Riesling Silver
2010 Optimum Pinot Noir Silver
2011 Auxerrois Bronze
2011 Ehrenfelser Bronze
2011 Dry Rock Sauvignon Blanc Bronze
2010 Private Reserve Pinot Noir Bronze
2010 Merlot Bronze

Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging
2011 Dry Riesling Double Platinum
2011 Desert Sun Platinum
2011 Ehrenfelser Platinum
2011 Cab. Franc Icewine Platinum
2011 Minus 9 Ehren. Icewine Platinum
2011 Riesling Icewine Platinum
2011 Late Harvest Riesling Platinum
Indy International Wine Awards
2011 Riesling Double Gold
2011 Dry Rock Chardonnay Double Gold
2011 -9 Ehrenfelser Icewine Double Gold
2011 Riesling Icewine Double Gold
Best Dessert Wine of the Year
2011 Private Reserve Pinot Gris Gold
2011 Desert Sun Gold
2011 Private Reserve Riesling Gold
2011 Late Harvest Riesling Gold
2011 Auxerrois Silver
2011 Dry Rock Sauvignon Blanc Silver
2011 Gewürztraminer-Schönburger Silver
2011 Dry Riesling Silver
2011 Late Harvest Cabernet Franc Silver
2011 Icewine Cabernet Franc Silver
2010 Optimum Pinot Noir Silver
2011 Pinot Blanc Bronze
2011 Ehrenfelser Bronze
2010 Private Reserve Pinot Noir Bronze

Los Angeles International Wine Competition
2011 Auxerrois Gold
Best of Class 93 Pts.
2011 Riesling 92 Pts Gold
2011 Ehrenfelser 92 Pts Gold
2011 Desert Sun 90 Pts Gold
2011 Private Reserve Pinot Blanc Silver
2011 Private Reserve Pinot Gris Silver
2011 Gewürztraminer-Schönburger Bronze
2011 Dry Rock Sauvignon Blanc Bronze
2011 Private Reserve Riesling Bronze

BC Wine Awards
2011 Dry Rock Sauvignon Blanc Silver
2011 Dry Rock Chardonnay unoaked Silver
2011 Private Reserve Riesling Bronze
2011 Gewürztraminer- Schönburger Bronze

2011

All Canadian Wine Competition
2010 Private Reserve Pinot Gris Best of Class
Double Gold
2010 Dry Riesling Gold
2010 Dry Rock Chardonnay Silver
2010 Riesling Bronze
2010 Private Reserve Riesling Bronze
2010 Private Reserve Pinot Blanc Bronze

NorthWest Wine Summit
2010 Private Reserve Pinot Gris Gold
2010 Dry Riesling Gold
2009 Optimum Pinot Noir Gold
2010 Auxerrois Silver
2010 Ehrenfelser Silver
2010 Private Reserve Pinot Blanc Silver
2010 Gewürztraminer-Schönburger Silver
2010 Dry Rock Sauvignon Blanc Silver
2009 Dry Rock Cabernet-Merlot Silver
2009 Private Reserve Pinot Noir Silver
2010 Riesling Bronze
2010 Private Reserve Riesling Bronze
2009 Dry Rock Merlot Bronze

International Eastern Wine Competition
2010 Private Reserve Pinot Blanc Double Gold
2010 Auxerrois Silver
2010 Dry Riesling Silver
2010 Ehrenfelser Silver
2010 Desert Sun Silver
2010 Dry Rock Chardonnay Silver
2010 Gewürztraminer-Schönburger Bronze
2010 Private Reserve Riesling Bronze
2010 Dry Rock Sauvignon Blanc Bronze
2010 Private Reserve Pinot Gris Bronze
Indy International Wine Awards
2010 Desert Sun Best of Class Gold
2010 – 9 Ehren. Icewine Best of Class Gold
2010 Private Reserve Riesling Gold
2010 Private Reserve Pinot Blanc Gold
2010 Auxerrois Gold
2010 Gewürztraminer-Schönburger Gold
2009 Private Reserve Pinot Noir Gold
2010 Dry Riesling Silver
2010 Riesling Silver
2010 Dry Rock Sauvignon Silver
2010 Ehrenfelser Silver
2010 Late Harvest Riesling Silver
2010 Late Harvest Cabernet Franc Silver
2010 Riesling Icewine Silver
2010 Cabernet Franc Icewine Silver
2010 Dry Rock Chardonnay Silver
2010 Private Reserve Pinot Gris Bronze
2010 Dry Rock Merlot Bronze
2009 Dry Rock Cabernet Merlot Bronze

Los Angeles International Wine Competition
2010 Desert Sun Best of Class Gold
2010 Auxerrois Best of Class Gold
2010 Ehrenfelser Best of Class Gold
2010 Riesling Silver
2010 Gewürztraminer-Schönburger Silver
2010 Private Reserve Pinot Blanc Silver
2010 Dry Rock Sauvignon Blanc Silver
2010 Dry Rock Chardonnay Bronze

Battle of the Benches
2010 Dry Rock Sauvignon Blanc Best of Class
2010 Optimum Pinot Noir Best of Class
2010 Gewürztraminer-Schönburger 2nd Place

Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging
2010 Dry Riesling Platinum
2010 Private Reserve Riesling Platinum
2010 Auxerrois Platinum
2010 Ehrenfelser Platinum
2010 Gewürztraminer-Schönburger Platinum
2010 – 9 Ehren. Icewine Double Platinum

2010

All Canadian Wine Competition
2009 Dry Rock Chardonnay (unoaked) Gold
2009 Desert Sun Gold
2008 Dry Rock Merlot Gold
2009 Riesling Gold
2009 Schönburger-Gewürztraminer Gold

NorthWest Wine Summit
2009 Dry Rock Chardonnay (unoaked) Gold
2009 Desert Sun Gold
2008 Dry Rock Merlot Gold
2009 Riesling Gold
2009 Dry Riesling Silver
2009 Ehrenfelser Silver
2009 Schönburger-Gewürztraminer Silver
2009 Auxerrois Bronze
2008 Dry Rock Cabernet Merlot Bronze
2009 Private Reserve Riesling Bronze
2009 Dry Rock Sauvignon Blanc Bronze

Los Angeles International Wine Competition
2009 Dry Rock Sauvignon Blanc Best of Class, Gold
2009 Private Reserve Pinot Blanc Silver
2009 Ehrenfelser Silver
2009 Auxerrois Silver
2009 Schönburger-Gewürztraminer Bronze
2009 Riesling Bronze
2009 Dry Rock Chardonnay (unoaked) Bronze
2009 Private Reserve Riesling Bronze

Tasters Guild International Wine Competition
2009 Ehrenfelser Silver
2009 Riesling Silver
2009 Dry Rock Sauvignon Blanc Silver
2009 Auxerrois Bronze
2009 Dry Rock Chardonnay (unoaked) Bronze
2008 Dry Rock Merlot Bronze

Okanagan Spring Wine Festival
2009 Desert Sun – Finalist
Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging
2009 Riesling Icewine BEST of the BEST, Double Platinum
2009 Private Reserve Riesling Platinum
2009 Minus 9 Ehrenfelser Icewine Platinum
2009 Desert Sun Platinum
2009 Dry Rock Sauvignon Blanc Platinum

Indy International Wine Competition
2009 Dry Riesling Double Gold
2009 Desert Sun Double Gold
2009 Minus 9 Ehrenfelser Icewine Double Gold
2009 Dry Rock Merlot Gold
2008 Dry Rock Cabernet Merlot Gold
2009 Riesling Icewine Gold
2009 Private Reserve Riesling Gold
2009 Riesling Silver
2009 Private Reserve Pinot Gris Silver
2009 Ehrenfelser Silver
2009 Dry Rock Sauvignon Blanc Silver
2009 Cabernet Franc Icewine Silver
2009 Optimum Pinot Gris Silver
2009 Auxerrois Silver
2009 Schönburger-Gewürztraminer Silver
2009 Late Harvest Cabernet Franc Silver
2009 Private Reserve Pinot Blanc Bronze
2009 Dry Rock Chardonnay Bronze

International Eastern Wine Competition
2009 Dry Rock Chardonnay (unoaked) Double Gold
2009 Auxerrois Silver
2009 Desert Sun Silver
2009 Dry Riesling Silver
2008 Dry Rock Merlot Silver
2009 Private Reserve Pinot Blanc Silver
2009 Ehrenfelser Bronze
2009 Riesling Bronze
2009 Private Reserve Riesling Bronze
2009 Dry Rock Sauvignon Blanc Bronze
2009 Schönburger-Gewürztraminer Bronze

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Hours

Mon - Sun: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Address

876 Road #8
Oliver, British Columbia V0H 1T1
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