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Summerhill Events
 
December 3, 2016 | Summerhill Events

Ring in 2017 at Summerhill this New Year's Eve!

New Year's Eve at Summerhill is not going to be something you will soon forget! See below for more details!

New Year's Eve at Summerhill Pyramid Winery / Sunset Organic Bistro

Wine, Food & Music by Summerhill, St. Hubertus & Tantalus

7 PM

7 Courses

Wine Pairings & Take Home Bottle of 2003 Cipes Brut

Tickets $199 (Includes Taxes, Gratuities, & Local Shuttle)

Call 250-764-8000 extension 131 or email bookings@summerhill.bc.ca to get your tickets!

Time Posted: Dec 3, 2016 at 9:50 AM
Rory Gehmair
 
November 30, 2016 | Rory Gehmair

Spanish and Vino at Summerhill !

Every Wednesday from 7-9pm we are offering Spanish speaking lessons, wine deals and Spanish food to our guests for $20. Tonight we are serving spanish Tapas. Don’t miss it ! Ever

 

 

 

 

Time Posted: Nov 30, 2016 at 8:56 AM
Stephen Cipes
 
November 25, 2016 | Stephen Cipes

New Moon Gathering Tuesday November 29 at 6 pm

Please join us November 29 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: Nov 25, 2016 at 5:05 PM
Stephen Cipes
 
October 31, 2016 | Stephen Cipes

Full Moon Community Gathering by Candlelight in the Summerhill Pyramid

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 alloneera.com.

Time Posted: Oct 31, 2016 at 9:00 AM
Summerhill Events
 
October 28, 2016 | Summerhill Events

The Hills Night Market

Shop. Sip. Smile. Every Thursday at Summerhill Pyramid Winery from 4-9 pm starting Nov 10!

Time Posted: Oct 28, 2016 at 4:31 PM
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:

http://www.kelownadailycourier.ca/business_news/article_9a39f5c2-99a1-11e6-914d-83538b88005b.html

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 alloneera.com.

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
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