West Kelowna is home to “Miracle Place”, where grapes from organic vineyards are transformed into that magical elixir we call wine. Those familiar with Kalala Organic Estate Winery will already know that Kalala is Punjabi for “Miracle Place”, but it’s worth remembering.
It might not have quite been a miracle—more the result of years of hard work in the vineyards and winery—but a double Gold for the 2009 Dostana Merlot at the All Canadian Wine Championships was definitely a highlight for 2013. That award follows up another double Gold for the Dostana 2008 Merlot at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition last year. Proof that organic practices really can result in great wines!
The 2008 Merlot is available in the shop and on-line right now, as is a great selection of other wines from the Serbia-born Tibor Erdelyi, one of the region’s most consistent award-winning winemakers. Dostana—Hindi for “friendship” is one of three labels produced at the winery. The third is 3 Cru.
Members of their wine club receive four shipments of six bottles annually, with selections from all three labels. Choose from red, white or mixed options. Membership includes invitations to special “members-only” events, exclusive pre-release and small production wine access, and private VIP tastings in the Kalala hospitality room. Free tours of the vineyard with an emphasis on organic growing are also available to members and their friends.
At Kalala, miracles and friendship are woven together with goal in mind—to make exceptional wines, the organic way.
~ Lorne Eckersley