Gray Monk Winery is delighted that the Canadian Vintners Association has honoured owners and industry pioneers George and Trudy Heiss with the prestigious Canadian Vintners Award of Distinction.
Tony Stewart, Chair of the Canadian Vintners Association, announced the award’s recipients at the sold out awards dinner in July.

The award is the preeminent award for the Canadian wine industry and the highest form of peer recognition and appreciation, given to those who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, commitment and passion for the advancement of the wine industry.
“Your personal contribution, steadfast leadership and ground–breaking innovation has undisputedly helped put British Columbia and the Okanagan Valley on the global stage for excellence in winemaking,” noted Dan Paszkowski, President and CEO of the Canadian Vintners Association.
Among the many achievements recited was the important planting of Pinot Gris in 1976. The vines were imported by George and Trudy from Alsace and are noted as the first plantings of this varietal in Canada.
“We are extremely honored that the wine community respects our past contributions and recognizes that our family continues to play a role in this vibrant industry,” said George upon receiving the award.
Gray Monk is the Okanagan Valley’s only original winery that is still operated by its founders. It is a true family business: George and Trudy Heiss, along with their three sons, Robert (operations manager), George Jr. (winemaker) and Stephen (marketing manager) manage 75 acres of vines and produce an extensive portfolio of red, white, sparkling and dessert wines.
With a bustling wine boutique, a full service banquet facility and a world-class restaurant, the winery is equipped to host guests for all occasions.
~ Dona Sturmanis