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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.

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
or at
403.506.2132

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Time Posted: Apr 19, 2017 at 11:04 AM
Summerhill Events
 
April 1, 2017 | Summerhill Events

Salsa & Wine Continues - Tuesday Nights in April

 

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Salsa & Wine

Presented by Summerhill Pyramid Winery

Every Tuesday 7-10 pm

4-Week Beginner Course

7-8 pm Salsa & Bachata

4-Week Intermediate Course

7:30-8:30 pm Intermediate Course

8:30-10 pm Social Dance & Practice

  • No Experience Needed
  • No Partner Required
  • Drop-ins Welcome

Specially Themed Featured Food & Drink Specials!

Tickets & Reservations

Please Call 250-938-3503

RSVP via Facebook

Time Posted: Apr 1, 2017 at 11:32 AM
Stephen Cipes
 
March 14, 2017 | Stephen Cipes

Spring Equinox Gathering & Pot Luck

YOU ARE INVITED!

Monday, March 20, 2017 
6:00 PM
SPRING EQUINOX
Pyramid Gathering & Pot Luck

RSVP via Facebook »

Time Posted: Mar 14, 2017 at 9:00 AM
Summerhill Events
 
March 3, 2017 | Summerhill Events

Salsa & Wine Continues - Wednesday Nights in March

March 15 Special Event

Please note, for one night only, this coming Tuesday, March 15, we are doing something very special: As the snow melts and the days get longer, all we can think about is how summer is just around the corner and how much dancing there will be! So to welcome spring (and eventually summer) we have a very special offer for you all! Next week's class only, we are doing a one time deal for you and your friends!!!!

Next class we will be opening the doors to everyone, the drop in fee for the lesson portion will be $10 across the board for everyone, for those who have paid for the month there is no fee. That's 1 hour of lessons and one and a half hours of social afterwards. We will also be giving away a couple of bottles of wine during the evening. For those who wish only to partake in the social dance after the class, 8:00-9:30, we have a 2 for 1 special, so bring a friend. Or two or three or four or more!

Just to refresh your minds, music starts at 6:30, classes start at 7. Dancing goes till 9:30, food and drink specials all night. Drop in class reduced to $10 for the week and 2 for 1 social dancing ($10 per couple).

 

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Salsa & Wine

Presented by Summerhill Pyramid Winery

Every Wednesday 7-10 pm

4-Week Beginner Course

7-8 pm Salsa & Bachata

4-Week Intermediate Course

7:30-8:30 pm Intermediate Course

8:30-10 pm Social Dance & Practice

  • No Experience Needed
  • No Partner Required
  • Drop-ins Welcome

Specially Themed Featured Food & Drink Specials!

Tickets & Reservations

Please Call 250-870-7725 or 250-938-3503

RSVP via Facebook

Time Posted: Mar 3, 2017 at 9:25 AM
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