Organic winemaking practices have been an integral part of Summerhill since the Kelowna vineyard was purchased by the Cipes family in 1986. Producing wine organically has a very meaningful benefit to the environment, and some scientists suggest that eating organic foods greatly benefits our health as well.
Aside from these benefits, we believe that organic practices allow for the grapes in our vineyards to honestly express their surroundings, providing deep, terroir-driven qualities that are a true articulation of Okanagan terroir. Please watch this video by The Vancouver Sun featuring Summerhill CEO Ezra Cipes and winemaker/viticulturist Eric von Krosgk for deeper insight on how our practices influence the style of our wine:
Summerhill is committed to producing 100% organic wine, and has received Demeter Biodynamic certification for our Kelowna vineyard in 2012. Certified organic status was achieved in our cellar in 2007, allowing us to display the Canadian certified organic logo on our bottles, ensuring that a level of quality and purity can be expected by the consumer.
To find out more about what 'organic' means, browse through the menu at the top of this page. We especially recommend watching an eye-opening short film on our Organic Video page.