Stag's Hollow Winery & Vineyard

About

Stag’s Hollow is a family-owned winery in Okanagan Falls, producing some of British Columbia’s highest quality, most distinctive wines. Nestled in the foothills in the South Okanagan, Stag’s Hollow includes two vineyards…the Estate Vineyard and Shuttleworth Creek Vineyard….that are within 2 kms of each other.

Location Description

Located in the heart Okanagan Falls, British Columbia.

Features

  • Handcrafted wines.

Additional Information

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Winemaker

In 2005 Dwight left an established 18 year career working in the airline industry to pursue his love and passion for wine. Ten vintages later, Dwight’s philosophies on winemaking mirror very closely to those that owners, Larry and Linda, have also embraced throughout the growth of Stag’s Hollow. Dwight feels he will always consider himself to be a “student” of wine, as the wines, the vineyards that bear the fruit, and the art of winemaking are ever evolving. His beliefs on winemaking and life are very similar …. that balance is essential and there must be passion in both.

History

Established in 1995, Stag's Hollow Winery is one of the hidden wineries and undiscovered gems in the South Okanagan Valley. Nestled in the hills, it is surrounded by vineyards, mountains and large tracts of land owned by the Nature Trust. From the beginning, hands on owners, Larry Gerelus & Linda Pruegger, believe their passion and involvement in every aspect of the vineyard and winemaking process has created a unique style. This style is a fusion of both Old and New world. This is exemplified in our very popular Sauvignon Blanc, which some critics have likened to a Sancerre from France, while others say it leans more to a New Zealand style. We like to think it is uniquely Stag’s Hollow, expressing the terroir of the Okanagan with minimal winemaking intervention.

From the day the vineyard was purchased in 1992, concerns for the environment have been a priority at Stag’s Hollow. A geothermal system was built into our home and winery building in 1995 at a time when going ‘green’ was not yet the thing to do. When space in this facility ran out, a new winery building was constructed in 2005, which again included a geothermal system. This system heats and cools the winery building, heats and cools all the wine tanks and provides different heating and cooling requirements to the barrel room, fermentation room and wine storage areas. In addition, high efficiency windows, energy efficient lighting, and high insulation values were utilized throughout the building. All these environmental initiatives earned Stag’s Hollow recognition from Fortis BC and the Federal Government in 2006.

The Team

Laverne Andall:

Laverne is most often found in the wineshop greeting guests and pouring wine. Always smiling and with an infectious laugh, most guests can’t help leaving with their own smile, a little wine knowledge and of course, a few bottles of wine!

Josef Antal:

Josef came to Stag’s Hollow from the Czech Republic in 2011. On a one year visit to Canada, Josef fell in love with the Okanagan and decided to stay and is currently working on his permanent residency. Josef looks after the vineyards at both locations Stag’s Hollow and Shuttleworth Creek. You will find him mainly on the tractor in the field, with our seasonal vineyard team or on the crush pad during harvest!

Karin Grosstessner-Hain:

Karin helps out in all areas of the winery. From Austria, Karin came to Canada to learn more about winemaking and viticulture. Karin can be found in the cellar working with Dwight, sometimes hidden behind barrels while barrel topping or running lab analysis. She also helps out in the vineyard tucking in early summer. Last but not least she is a welcome addition to the wineshop where she shares her thoughts with her distinct accent and her hands-on experience in both the winery and vineyard.

Tyler:

Tyler, our son, started in the vineyard at the age of 1 in a picking bin! Since that early start, he has helped with bottling, picking, vineyard work and any other miscellaneous jobs that Dwight or Josef do not want to do! He is definitely working from the bottom up and on his way to learning all there is to know about the vineyard and winery.

Kula and Pinot:

A winery is not a winery these days without a winery dog or two. Kula has been a greeter in the wineshop since 2002 and was the first poster boy for the BC Winery dog calendar! Pinot has grown up in the wineshop from 8weeks old. Besides greeting guests, Kula and Pinot like to think they are fierce hunters, scaring birds, deer and marmots out of the vineyard when not working in the wineshop.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

The Stag’s Hollow estate vineyard has a very unique and interesting geological history. Kettles holes are fluvioglacial landforms occurring as a result of blocks of ice calving from the front of a receding glacier and becoming partially to wholly buried by glacial outwash. The Hollow remained after the ice age retreated. Stony glacial fluvial soils – otherwise known as gravel…left behind after this retreat, are ideal for growing grapes and creating wines with intensity. The Merlot and Pinot Noir blocks, now exceeding 20 years of age, are on the southwest facing slopes of the Hollow. These two blocks pick up significant solar radiation that allows for consistent ripening even in difficult vintages. Without question, this phenomena has created one of the most distinctive landscapes in the Okanagan Valley.

Awards

2012 BC Winery of the Year - Winepress Northwest

Intervin Wine Championships

Silver - 2010 GVM
Bronze - 2011 Tragically Vidal
Bronze - 2010 Viognier
Bronze - 2010 Renaissance Pinot Noir
Bronze - 2010 Cabernet Franc
Bronze - 2011 Riesling

Northwest Wine Summit

Gold - 2011 Riesling
Silver - 2009 Renaissance Chardonnay
Silver - 2011 Tragically Vidal
Silver - 2009 Heritage Block
Bronze - 2009 Cabernet Franc
Bronze - 2011 Syrah Rose
Bronze - 2011 Sauvignon Blanc

All Canadian Wine Championships

Double Gold - Best of Class - 2010 GVM
Double Gold - Best of Class - 2009 Cabernet Franc over $25
Gold - 2011 Syrah Rose
Bronze - 2009 Renaissance Chardonnay
Bronze - 2009 Heritage Block

BC Wine Awards

Silver - 2010 Renaissance Pinot Noir
Silver - 2010 Syrah
Silver - 2008 Heritage Block

Canadian Wine Awards

Silver - 2011 Tragically Vidal
Silver - 2010 Viognier
Bronze - 2009 Heritage Block
Bronze - 2010 Cabernet Franc
Bronze - 2010 Renaissance Pinot Noir
Bronze - 2011 Sauvignon Blanc
Bronze - 2011 Riesling




2011

Intervin Wine Championships

Bronze – 2010 Sauvignon Blanc
Bronze – 2010 Tragically Vidal
Bronze – 2009 Cabernet Franc

BC Wine Awards

Silver – 2009 SHV Pinot Noir
Bronze – 2010 Viognier
Bronze – 2010 Sauvignon Blanc
Bronze – 2008 Heritage Block

Canadian Wine Awards

Silver – 2009 Renaissance Merlot
Silver – 2009 Syrah
Silver – 2010 Viognier
Bronze – 2008 Heritage Block
Bronze – 2009 Cabernet Franc
Bronze – 2009 Renaissance Chardonnay
Bronze – 2010 Sauvignon Blanc

Wine Press – Washington State, USA, September 2011

Outstanding – 2009 Renaissance Merlot
Outstanding – 2008 Heritage Block
Excellent – 2009 Syrah





2010

Northwest Summit Awards

Gold Medal - 2008 Syrah
Gold Medal - 2008 Syrah Rose
Silver Medal - 2007 Heritage Block
Silver Medal - 2007 SHV Merlot

Spring Okanagan Wine Festival

Best of Class - 2008 Syrah Rose

Fall Okanagan Wine Festival

Silver Medal - 2008 Syrah
Silver Medal - 2009 Con-Fusion
Bronze Medal - 2008 Chardonnay
Bronze Medal - 2008 Pinot Noir
Bronze Medal - 2008 Renaissance Merlot

Canadian Wine Awards

Silver Medal - 2008 Syrah
Silver Medal - 2007 SHV Merlot
Bronze Medal - 2008 Pinot Noir
Bronze Medal - 2007 SHV Merlot
Bronze Medal - 2007 Renaissance Merlot
Bronze Medal - 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

2009

Northwest Summit Awards

Gold Medal - 2005 Harmony Vineyards Merlot
Silver Medal - 2006 Renaissance Merlot
Silver Medal - 2007 Renaissance Chardonnay
Silver Medal - 2006 Estate Merlot
Silver Medal - 2008 Viognier
Bronze Medal - 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bronze Medal - 2008 Sauvignon Blanc

Okanagan Wine Festival

Gold Medal - 2008 Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon

International Value Wine Awards

Judges Choice - 2007 Simply Noir
Judges Choice - 2006 Heritage Block 1

Canadian Wine Awards

Gold Medal - 2008 Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon
Bronze Medal - 2006 Estate Merlot
Bronze Medal - 2008 Syrah
Bronze Medal - 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bronze Medal - 2006 Heritage Block 1

Top 100 Wines for 2009 chosen by Wine Access Magazine

2008 Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon

2007

Canadian Wine Awards
Silver Medal – 2006 Sauvignon Blanc

Finalist at the 2007 Canadian Wine Awards for White Wine of the Year

Canadian Wine Awards
Bronze Medal – 2005 Renaissance Meritage
Bronze Medal – 2005 Stag’s Hollow Vineyard Merlot

Okanagan Wine Festival
Silver Medal – 2004 Renaissance Meritage
Silver Medal – 2005 Stag’s Hollow Vineyard Merlot

All Canadian Wine Championships

Bronze Medal – 2004 Renaissance Meritage

Georgia Straight in Vancouver picks Renaissance Merlot in top 12 wines of 2006 - January 15, 2007

In his column titled 'Best wines of the year found close to home' dated January 11, 2007, Jurgen Gothe picked Stag’s Hollow’s 2003 Renaissance Merlot as one of his top choices for 2006. His description was as follows:

STAG’S HOLLOW RENAISSANCE MERLOT 2003 ($27.90) This blend of different Merlots from the winery’s various vineyards, as well as some Similkameen grapes, makes a huge fruit-basket wine of major depth—all those berries and lots of cocoa and spice. If you can still find some—doubtful—hold on for a year or two just to see. Otherwise, the next vintage follows in these flavourful footsteps.

2006

Okanagan Wine Festival
Silver Medal – 2004 Renaissance Merlot

Canadian Wine Awards
Silver Medal - 2004 Renaissance Meritage
Bronze Medal – 2005 Sauvignon Blanc

All Canadian Wine Championships
Gold – 2005 Sauvignon Blanc
Gold – 2005 Tragically Vidal

Northwest Summit Awards
Silver Medal - 2005 Sauvignon Blanc
Bronze Medal – 2004 Pinot Noir

CBC Radio – Sounds Like Canada
2004 Pinot Noir featured across Canada as one of the best Pinot Noirs tasted in a group of 20 BC and International Pinot Noirs

2005

Okanagan Wine Festival
Bronze Medal – 2004 Tragically Vidal

Canadian Wine Awards
Bronze Medal – 2003 Pinot Noir

Northwest Summit Awards
Silver Medal - 2004 Tragically Vidal

Rossland Wine Festival
Gold Medal – 2004 Tragically Vidal
Silver Medal – 2004 Simply Noir

2004

Okanagan Wine Festival
Silver Medal – 2002 Renaissance Pinot Noir
Silver Medal – 2004 Renaissance Merlot
Silver Medal - 2003 Sauvignon Blanc
Silver Medal – 2003 Simply Noir

Canadian Wine Awards
Bronze Medal - 2002 Renaissance Pinot Noir
Bronze Medal - 2003 Sauvignon Blanc

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Hours

Mon - Sun:11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Address

2237 Sun Valley Way
Okanagan Falls, British Columbia V0H 1R2
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