Pentage Winery

Welcome to Pentâge Winery

About

At Pentâge Winery our mission is to produce world-class wines. Our impressive 5000 square foot natural rock wine cellar is a must visit if you are in Okanagan area. Carved into the granite on the mountainside by evolution and the glaciers, along with a bit of man-made ingenuity it was a natural fit. Many years in the making the enclosed space is naturally climate controlled and home to the barrel cellar and custom designed stainless steel tanks. Both the unique wine shop and the stunning natural rock wine cellar allow guests to immerse themselves in the terroir and beauty of our property.

Location Description

Nestled on 23 acres over looking Skaha Lake in Penticton, BC.

Features

  • Inspired by excellence and the beauty of the Okanagan Valley!

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Winemaker

Paul:

As a marine engineer, Paul was away from home a third of every year. In 1995 he decided it was time to build a business that would allow us to work as a team. With the love of wine and the dream to have a sustainable home based business what could have been more logical than to build a winery from scratch in the Okanagan Valley – how hard could it be? Those of you whom know Paul are aware that he thrives on projects and always sees them through to fruition.

You will usually find Paul somewhere on the property tackling any project, no matter the magnitude, as long as it is beneficial to the final project. For instance, why build a conventional winery building when you can build a 5000 square foot natural rock cellar? As a hands-on winemaker from vineyard to bottle, Paul is driven by passion and excellence in all aspect of the business.

Paul believes that every day working is a holiday and every meal a feast. When he is not living and breathing Pentâge – Paul enjoys riding his motorcycling and seeking adventure in different parts of the world.

Julie:

Julie, with many years of business and administration experience, manages the business side of the operation. Between employees, accounting, sales and marketing you will most likely find Julie in the office. However, when needed, she can be found up in the winery getting sticky with the rest of the team.

Working as a team is important in our operation. Both of us are continually involved in every facet of our business. Our commitment to excellence begins with the welfare of the vines and continues through all aspects of the business to the final bottling.

History

Owned and operated by Paul Gardner & Julie Rennie – it all began in 1996.

The Team

It is interesting if you look at life and all the connections you make along the way. You look at how you got to where you are, the twists and turns, the mentors, memories and the trials we encounter that make us stronger and the person we are today.

At Pentâge Winery we have a great group of people. Every one of us is unique and we all have something to contribute, teach or learn. We have all crossed paths for reasons we may not know at this time but the one common denominator that we know for sure is the crafting of world class wines has brought us together.
Frank joined our company in 2011. His main focus is tending to the grapes, however during harvest you will find him on the crush pad getting stickly along side the rest of us.

Henry is a master welder…..knowing Paul’s fetish with stainless steel – we manage to keep Henry busy on a daily basis.

Practices & Techniques

Viticulture practices from pruning right through to harvest will determine the characteristics of the wine – this is why our low-yield, hands on approach in the vineyard is critical.

In the winery, the grapes are sorted prior to being de-stemmed and sorted again, if needed, after the de-stemmer and before processing. As we strive to produce premium wines our grapes are gently pressed and fermented at controlled temperatures with select yeasts. As a small producer we are able to inoculate small batches, of the same variety, using different yeasts. Once fermentation is complete we then blend them back together – this adds complexity and uniqueness to each wine.

With the use of modern wine making equipment and techniques – Paul believes minimal intervention throughout the wine making process ensures extremely stylistic wines. Our philosophy has remained the same from day one – produce wines that reflect excellence, which are elegant and well balanced world-class wines.

Our attention to detail with regards to the vines, winery, yeast selections, specific barrel cooperage, winemaking techniques and equipment is essential in our continued success.

We hope you enjoy our wines as much as we have enjoyed making them.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Our first vineyard, the site of our winery, was purchased in 1996. This 23 acre property located on Skaha Bench (over looking Skaha Lake) in Pencticton, BC was planted in 1997 with 6 acres of vines consisting of the following varietals: Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Gamay. We decided to use the Lyre trellising system on this property for all varieties except for the Syrah. The Lyre system was developed in the 1980s in the Bordeaux region and is now widely used around the world. Not as popular here in the Okanagan Valley – we believe this system provides the grapes with ideal sun exposure, lots of air movement and not to mention a comfortable hight while hand-tending to the grapes. We used GDC (Geneva Double Curtain) trellis system on the Syrah block (this system is explained under the Dirty Dozen Vineyard).

Dirty Dozen Vineyard:

Affectionately called “Dirty Dozen” Vineyard – this 12 acre property was purchased in the Fall of 2006. Located on Skaha Bench, just a minute away from our winery, 8 acres of this property was planted in the Spring of 2007 with the following varieties: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Grenache Noir, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier, and last but not least Tempranillo (hench the name with the dozen different varieties we planted). This property was planted using GDC (Geneva Double Curtain) trellis system – this system design consists of a horizontally divided canopy. The goal of the GDC system is to manage a dense canopy by dividing it in two, allowing more sunlight to reach the fruit renewal zone. Shoots are also positioned downward creating a canopy that has the appearance of two “curtains” on either side.

Both vineyards were planted with North-South orientation – this allows the canopy to capture as much sunlight as possible for photosynthesis in both the morning and afternoon and also allows for the sun exposure necessary to dry out the clusters and help avoid mildew issues.

As well as leasing a two acre vineyard, adjacent to us, with Pinot Gris planted on it, we also have the option of purchasing a few select varietals from local growers, enabling us to expand our portfolio, when excellent fruit is available. Great wine starts in the vineyard!

Awards

2014 Awards

Double Gold
2013 Viognier – All Canadian Wine Championship

Gold
2010 Pentâge Blend – Northwest Wine Summit
2013 Viognier – National Wine Awards of Canada

Silver
2012 Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon – All Canadian Wine Championship and Northwest Wine Summit

By Julie|November 3rd, 2014|Awards|
Double Gold
2010 Syrah – All Canadian Wine Championship ’13

Gold
2012 Gewurztraminer – All Canadian Wine Championship ’13

Silver
2009 Merlot – All Canadian Wine Championship ’13

Bronze
2012 Pinot Gris – All Canadian Wine Championship ’13
2009 Pinot Noir – All Canadian Wine Championship ’

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Hours

Summer Hours: Open daily from 11am – 5pm April 28th – October 11 Winter Hours: Sales by appointment

Address

4551 Valleyview Rd
Penticton, British Columbia V2A 8V8
Canada

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