Each of us is a unique, noble, creative individual inherently worthy of love. We all spring from the same source of life, and in our essence we are all one. We value and honour each individual.
We strive to nurture an environment of caring and genuine interaction with each other, with our clients, customers, and guests, and with everyone with whom we do business. We welcome people from around the world with open arms, and our wines are shipped around the world. It is important to us to aid a culture of authenticity and transparency for the betterment of our community, and to do our small part in uplifting all of humanity.
We provide a caring and nurturing environment for our team that is relaxed, fun, and healthy. We work to provide opportunities for advancement from within for real career development. We really care for our team members. A company is the people. We cherish our employees like our own family, because they are. When we support one another, we grow stronger together.
When Stephen Cipes came to the Okanagan Valley in 1986 some of the first relationships he established were with the Hall/Derickson family of the Okanagan first nations. These relationships continue to this day, marked by a collaborative earth-building on the vineyard. Modelled after the pit houses that were the traditional indigenous winter homes of the Okanagan, the “Makwala Hall Memorial Kekuli” was built by a team including Ron Hall, Weston Hall, and Makwala Hall (1992-2010), Stephen’s son Gabe, and members of the various local First Nations including West Bank, Penticton, Osoyoos, and Shuswap. The beautiful, semi-underground earth structure now exists on the land as a community gathering place and as a glimpse into another perspective of living in harmony with the earth as a part of nature.
The Makwala Hall Memorial Kekuli and the Summerhill Pyramid are sacred gathering places to celebrate the phases of the moon and the passage of the seasons. Gatherings are held every new and full moon, and every solstice and equinox. All are welcome.