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Ezra Cipes
October 24, 2016 | Ezra Cipes

30th Anniversary Article

Ron Seymour of Kelowna's Daily Courier was on hand to cover our anniversary party yesterday. Here's the article:

Reprinted in full:

In his passion to spread organic farming, Stephen Cipes believes he’s up against the pull of agricultural tradition and the power of corporate persuasion.

Summerhill, the winery founded by Cipes on Chute Lake Road in Kelowna, marked its 30th anniversary on Sunday.

Hundreds of people turned out to mark the occasion and sip Federweisser, fermented, freshly pressed grape juice. Some of it was also poured into the soil of Summerhill’s vineyards.

“This event is to give back some of the newly fermenting wine from the harvest to the plants,” Cipes said. “It’s a nice, annual tradition of giving thanks. It’s kind of like thanksgiving, but in more of a proactive way, to celebrate and honour the bounty of nature.”

Summerhill Pyramid Winery prides itself on being a thoroughly organic operation, one that doesn’t involve the application of chemicals at any stage of the winemaking process.

Thirty years ago, when Cipes was evolving his vision for Summerhill, the idea of an organic winery was a rarity. It’s not much more common today.

“Today, there are over 300 wineries in B.C. and, sadly, less than three per cent are organic,” Cipes said in an interview. “I think that’s a shame because we are the northernmost, desert viticulture region in the world and we don’t have a lot of pests.

“You can go organic here. We should be models in the world, a model of being in harmony with nature. We should not be spraying chemicals in this very fragile place we live in,” he said.

“It’s not good for the water we drink, it’s not good for our children’s future, and it does not add anything to the flavour of the grapes we grow,” he said.

Over the years, Summerhill has won some of the world’s most prestigious wine competitions, Cipes noted, a fact which he said proves chemicals are not integral to the production of top-quality product.

Asked why organic winemaking has not spread more significantly, Cipes said: “Farmers go by the book, and the book has to be changed. The book is 40, 50 years old. And also, there’s great pressure from the chemical companies,” he said.

“At the end of the day, yes, organic farming takes a little more labour, but you save money on the chemicals, which more than offsets the extra labour,” he said. “So it’s not at all expensive to do, and it’s definitely better for the flavour of the wines.”

Time Posted: Oct 24, 2016 at 8:55 AM
Stephen Cipes
October 20, 2016 | Stephen Cipes

New Moon Men's and Women's Gatherings October 30

Please join us October 30 for the New Moon Women's Pyramid Gathering and Men's Gathering & Circle at 6 pm!

More information can be found on the Summerhill Pyramid & Kekuli Gatherings Page on Facebook here.

Time Posted: Oct 20, 2016 at 5:04 PM
Ezra Cipes
October 13, 2016 | Ezra Cipes

Video: BC Wine Awards 2016

Oh, what a night! Not only did we win a Platinum Medal for Cipes Blanc de Blanc 2010, but my dad was honoured by the industry with the Founder's Award! He didn't know it was coming and it was a very special moment, captured on video :)

Time Posted: Oct 13, 2016 at 3:52 PM
Stephen Cipes
October 4, 2016 | Stephen Cipes

Full Moon Community Gathering - Kirtan & Yoga Nidri

In addition, you can access all of the Summerhill Pyramid & Kekuli Gatherings events through our Facebook Group, follow our Facebook Page, or see our website at

Time Posted: Oct 4, 2016 at 8:23 AM
Stephen Cipes
September 8, 2016 | Stephen Cipes

11th Annual Organic Okanagan Festival

Please join us at Summerhill Pyramid Winery on Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 11am-4pm for the 11th Annual Organic Okanagan Festival featuring Live Music, Organic Food Court, Green Living Marketplace, Certified Organic Farmer's Market, and COABC Panel Discussion.

Time Posted: Sep 8, 2016 at 10:59 PM
Stephen Cipes
August 29, 2016 | Stephen Cipes

Tibetan Singing Bowl Meditation with Maytawee Wisdom

Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm in the Summerhill Pyramid, Maytawee Wisdom will lead a gathering with Tibetan Singing Bowl Meditation. All are welcome to attend. For more information, please visit

Time Posted: Aug 29, 2016 at 8:54 AM
Stephen Cipes
August 28, 2016 | Stephen Cipes

New Moon Men's and Women's Gatherings September 1

Please join us September 1 for the New Moon Women's Pyramid Gathering and Men's Gathering & Circle at 6 pm!

More information can be found on the Summerhill Pyramid & Kekuli Gatherings Page on Facebook here.

Time Posted: Aug 28, 2016 at 2:29 PM
Cori Derickson
August 6, 2016 | Cori Derickson

Txw txw ten Chokecherry Native Fashion Show September 8, 2016

September 8, 2016

Robert Bateman Chieftain Gallery at Summerhill presents

Txw txw ten


Native Fashion Show

6 pm


Jill Setah

Krystal Lezard

Cori Derickson

Wine and native appetizers
Dinner available from Sunset Bistro

Please call Cori for tickets at (250) 764-8000 Ext 132

Time Posted: Aug 6, 2016 at 8:08 PM
Stephen Cipes
July 24, 2016 | Stephen Cipes

New Moon Gatherings August 2

Join us August 2 at 6 PM for our New Moon Gatherings -the Women's Pyramid Gathering with Laurie Morningstar and Men's Circle with Norbert Maertens on "COMMUNITY".

Please Join our Facebook Group for more information, and to confirm your attendance via the following link:

Time Posted: Jul 24, 2016 at 3:51 PM
Stephen Cipes
July 14, 2016 | Stephen Cipes

Full Moon Pyramid Gathering & Potluck with Satish Kumar

Warmest sunny greetings! 

Please join us for our Full Moon Pyramid Gathering & Community Potluck on Tuesday, July 19, at 6pm; we will be welcoming Satish Kumar to the Summerhill Pyramid. We have grown substantially as a community since we last gathered, and this time is an honoring and celebration of the abundance and goodness that surrounds us at all times. How blessed we are to join together in this little piece of Heaven on Earth!!

This month, the full moon that falls on July 19th in North America, we often call the Buck Moon, Thunder Moon or Hay Moon. At this time of year, buck deer begin to grow velvety antlers, while farmers are struggling to put hay in their barns amid the summer season’s frequent thunder showers.

Once again, we have a very special Full Moon Gathering planned. We hope you will join your loving bands of energy with ours during this auspicious time. Please take a moment to read this invite in full as each gathering has slight variations and a few specific details to be aware of, so please read on... This will help us co-create a magical evening for all.

Also don't forget to bring your drums and veggie potluck to share in celebration afterwards in the Kekuli!

For complete details, please see our Facebook Event here »

Time Posted: Jul 14, 2016 at 12:06 PM
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