The winery is closed for the winter but Orofino Vineyards owners John and Virginia Weber aren’t exactly sitting around twiddling their thumbs. There’s work to be done in the winery with the newly fermented 2013 vintage, fix-up projects around the farm and plans to expand the reach of the Collector’s Club.
“We take the term Collector’s Club quite literally,” John says. “Each shipment includes ageable and cellar-worthy wines.”
The last shipment, for instance, included a library release, a 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon that had been sold out for five years. Imagine opening a shipment and being able to test just how well Orofino wines are progressing in the cellar!
It’s easy to join the club—sign up on-line at www.orofinovineyards.com, pop John and Virginia an email or call the winery directly (yes, it’s closed, but they live there, too!) at 250-499-0068.
Membership benefits include a 15% discount on additional purchases and wine shop retail items, guaranteed access to limited and library wine releases, free shipping and much more.
John says the 2013 harvest was exceptional, with “beautiful quality fruit, but some fall releases will help bridge the gap until the 2013 wines are ready.

2011 Beleza
This Bordeaux blend from grapes grown on the Cawston Bench is a big red, aged 20 months in French and American barrels and then bottled unfiltered.

2011 Passion Pit Cabernet Sauvignon
Barrel aged for 20 months in French and American oak, this vintage displays deep, rich and smooth flavours with hints of chocolate and tobacco. Cellar worthy!!!


~ Lorne Eckersley

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