A pillar of the BC wine industry, Gehringer Bothers Estate Winery continues to be optimistic about the future of the industry. VQA sales have decreased slightly in the face of international competition, and despite several challenging vintages, Co-proprietor Walter Gehringer feels that the stable prices and high quality of Okanagan wines will stand the test of time. The winery proudly displays on their labels the ‘Golden Mile Bench’ geographical designation.

The winery is also proud of its 25 Platinum Awards received over the last 12 years from Wine Press Northwest magazine’s competition, which requires that wines entered already have a Gold Medal award. This medal count is the highest in the Pacific Northwest. The winery’s commitment to excellence comes through in upgraded packaging (all stelvin enclosures) and attractive, new modern labels, all while maintaining its very reasonable price structure.

New releases of the 2011 vintage include:

Desert Sun $12.99
A blended white (Auxerrois, Chardonnay, Riesling) with peach and apricot in the nose and a hint of citrus on the palate, with its clean bright acidity it’ll be a great everyday or patio wine for summer sipping.

Summer Night $13.99
This easy-drinking blend is predominantly Pinot Noir (with Cabernet Franc and Merlot); light in body, with plum, strawberry and light tannins, this wine should appeal to many palates and pair well with many medium-flavoured foods. (It replaces the Cuvée Noire following the loss of their Chancellor vineyards to landslides).

~ Allison Fader