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Ezra Cipes
October 4, 2017 | Ezra Cipes

Career Opportunity: Summerhill seeks Baker

Job Opening: Baker

October 3, 2017

Summerhill Pyramid Winery has an immediate opening for a reliable, experienced and organized baker who will provide both desserts and baked goods for the Sunset Bistro and events.

Bakers Duties and Responsibilities

Open the kitchen in the morning
Set up for breakfast
Bake bread(s)
Make baked goods for breakfast as needed
Make pizza dough
Create, in collaboration with the executive chef, desserts and dessert menus based on seasonal, organic ingredients
Document all baking and dessert recipes and keep on file
Work with executive chef to cost all recipes
Documented photos of all dessert plating
Train evening and events cooks to plate desserts
Create seasonal dessert specials
Maintain par stock and mis en place for desserts and baked goods, including frozen back ups where necessary
Keep baking area and dessert areas of fridges and freezers clean and orderly
Maintain par stock of all ingredients for dessert/baking area, passing order lists to executive chef
Oversee and adequately train assistant(s) during the busy season
Ensure appropriate par stock on days off

Baker Competencies and Qualifications

Minimum of 3 years experience in baking or pastry
Prefer a baking or cooking graduate
Highly organized and self motivated
Accustomed to working with recipes
Large quantity experience
Good communicator to stay abreast of all functions
Passoinate about seasonal, local, organic ingredients
Clean, organized and focused
A reliable “morning person”
Able to make seasonal adjustment of volume and labour
Cost conscious
Respectful of co-workers, rules and regulations

Summerhill Pyramid Winery is a seasonal, hospitality based business and therefore requires staff that can adjust to seasonal fluctuations and be counted on during the busy season. You must be willing to work weekends and holidays and the occasional evening if needed. Shortlisted applicants will be called for an interview.

Hours of work:

A minimum of 40 hours per week, 6:30 AM to 2:30 PM or as required
Must be willing to work Saturday or Sunday as needed

Start date: ASAP

Remuneration based on experience

Apply with resume and references by Oct. 10th to:

Time Posted: Oct 4, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Summerhill Events
September 29, 2017 | Summerhill Events

Jason Silva: Hack Your Reality Live in Kelowna at Summerhill Pyramid

Do you want to live a life of abundance and freedom?

Join Jason Silva on October 17th to explore the nature of our current reality through Wonder and Awe! Create Abundance in your life by tapping into flow states, exploring cutting edge technologies of ecstasy and creation, and connect with the global community of seekers!

Learn More at:

Time Posted: Sep 29, 2017 at 9:00 PM
Rory Gehmair
September 27, 2017 | Rory Gehmair

Under the Mistletoe

Under the Mistletoe...come join us at the Summerhill Christmas Craft Show!!!!

Summerhill Pyramid Winery is celebrating the 2017 Holiday season with Hand-made crafts and our organic wine paired together. Please read through the event detail and please apply! We will see you under the Mistletoe!

Event Date:

Saturday, November 25, 2017         10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Extensive P/R provided.  Organic foods and beverages will be available for sale at the event.  A KIDS KORNER with face painting, ginger bread house decorations and much more!



Address: 4870 Chute Lake Rd. Kelowna BC V1W 4M3

Booth Description:


6’ (wide) x 6’ (deep)


A Table is NOT provided.  A table rental is available for extra $10.
One chair comes with your booth.


You have to share with your neighbor, but there are some outlets available. Please bring your own extension cord if you are going to use the outlet.


$50    included one chair and a glass of Summerhill wine!

Acceptance Criteria:

All products must be original.
Every artisan must have their products juried even if sharing a booth.
Exhibited work must be consistent with photos submitted to jury.
All products must be of high quality and hand-crafted.
Your product will be juried for quality, durability, originality and presentation.
We will not accept artisans who use manufactured goods or kits.


Fees are fully refundable up to October 15th. No refunds will be given after October 15th.

Contact Ria Cipes at for applications.



Time Posted: Sep 27, 2017 at 10:16 AM
Summerhill Events
September 14, 2017 | Summerhill Events

12th Annual Organic Okanagan Festival

Join us Sunday, September 24th from 11am - 4pm at Summerhill Pyramid for our 12th Annual Organic Okanagan Festival featuring Live Music, Organic Food Court, Green Living Marketplace, Certified Organic Farmers' Market and more! We hope to see you there!

Time Posted: Sep 14, 2017 at 8:54 PM
Ezra Cipes
August 28, 2017 | Ezra Cipes

Summerhill Vineyard Walkabout

Vintage 2017 is right around the corner. The season started late and wet. Budding was about three weeks late and there was quite a bit of mildew pressure. Thankfully Summerhill vineyard manager Willem Semmelink was able to keep all fungal diseases under control using biodynamic preparations and organic sprays. The vineyard looks clean and beautiful!

It was a weird year. The summer was very dry with filtered sunlight through smoke filled skies due to the record breaking wild fires British Columbia suffered. The smoke kept the temperatures hovering around 30 degrees celsius through most of the year, which apparently was perfect for grape maturation. The vines caught up and we are now almost perfectly on a historically normal ripening schedule. And incredibly, the smoke started to clear just as veraison began in our vineyards. After veraison, there is a chance that smoke can taint the character of the wine. Veraison is when the grapes start to change colour and turn from hard little things to soft, juicy berries with softer skin.

Here follows photos of how the various varieties we grow at Summerhill Vineyard are looking on August, 28, 2017:

Riesling is king at Summerhill Vineyard. Our most planted grape is fermented into both sparkling and still wines from subsequent picks.

Pinot Meunier is one of the three classic grapes of Champagne, France. We grow a few rows for our Traditional Cuvee. You can see that veraison is underway but not yet complete.

Gruner Veltliner, the most widely planted white wine grape of Austria, is proving its value in the Okanagan Valley. The grapes are already sweet and some of them even have mature brown seeds, showing that harvest may not be far away. 

Pinot Noir grown especially for sparkling wine. The soils under these vines are chalky limestone.

On our highest slope grows Chardonnay. Made into sparkling, still or Icewine, this block is consistently awarded among the wine world's highest honours. The 1991 vintage of Cipes Gabriel (100% Chardonnay) was awarded a gold medal in France, and the 2005 vintage of the same wine won the Denbies Trophy for "Best International Bottle Fermented Sparkling Wine" at the 2010 International Wine & Spirit Awards in London, England.

Time Posted: Aug 28, 2017 at 3:49 PM
Ezra Cipes
July 21, 2017 | Ezra Cipes

Thoughts on Icewine

Recently two of Summerhill’s icewines have received incredible honours. Our 2013 ‘Small Lot’ Semillon Icewine was awarded a perfect 100 point score and a Double Gold Medal from the San Francisco International Wine Competition, and our 2014 Chardonnay Icewine was the highest scoring wine at the 2017 Chardonnay du Monde Competition in France.

Icewine is a controversial subject in British Columbia. Canada’s international wine reputation has been historically all about Icewine, and quality wine producers here chafe at the notion that Icewine is the only relevant wine we can produce. But there is a legitimate case to be made that we can make Icewine here better than anywhere else on Earth, as these recent awards testify.

To make great Icewine, first you must be able to grow great wine, and then have a winter cold enough to freeze it naturally on the vine. When Icewine is pressed whatever is present in the fruit is concentrated. 2013 and especially 2014 were excellent vintages in the Okanagan Valley. Notice that we did not win these awards with 2011 Icewine, which was not a great vintage in the Okanagan Valley. It is not enough to be able to grow any old grapes and freeze them.  (Note we made delicious Icewines in 2011 nonetheless.)

The other issue with Icewine is that drinking dessert wine is simply not a part of very many people’s regular habits. This is true across all wine markets in all territories. No one is drinking a lot of Icewine. But this does not mean we should not produce it. This is a product that the Okanagan Valley can serve to a niche global market. It is something rare, unique, and beautiful that we can produce here better than anywhere else. This will always be sought out by culinary adventurers and those wanting a prestigious souvenir of Canada to share with loved ones. Nor should we expect people to suddenly begin drinking more Icewine. It is so rich, so magnificent, and so expensive to produce, that its occasional use is part of its appeal. When I share a meal with friends and don’t want the evening to end, bringing out a bottle of Icewine to share as a cherry on top of the meal always creates an impactful memory, one that would be diminished if it was expected.

So cheers to beauty, cheers to indulgence, and cheers to the magnificent Okanagan Valley, one of the most unique and greatest wine regions of the world!

Time Posted: Jul 21, 2017 at 1:15 PM
Summerhill Events
June 12, 2017 | Summerhill Events

USA Today Features Summerhill on USA Today's Top Wine Regions of the World

Summerhill Pyramid Winery and Stephen Cipes were chosen to represent BC and explain why our wines are so great! Stephen praised our extraordinary growing conditions and expanded on why organic adds an extra dimension to the flavor and health of our wines, our valley and our bodies. See the full live stream below.

Time Posted: Jun 12, 2017 at 3:40 PM
Rory Gehmair
April 19, 2017 | Rory Gehmair

Live Gong Sound Healing With Paul Bissonnette

Live Gong Sound Healing With Paul Bissonnette

This extraordinary experience allows the listener to rest into themselves and move into a dreamlikestate. The gong’s voice washes over the mind, body and spirit. Immersed in total sound of holistic resonance, one can reach a state of deep relaxation, rejuvenation and peace - resting into their true being where all healing and knowledge can be accessed. The gongs have the power to go deep inside the body and release stored heavy energy, leaving behind clean, full potential energy and healing!

Come Join us for this incredible journey!
When: April 23, 2017
Where: Summerhill Pyramid Winery
4870 Chute Lake Road, Kelowna BC
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Investment: $35

Preregister in store to ensure your spot
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Time Posted: Apr 19, 2017 at 11:04 AM
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