2015 is a milestone year for the BC wine industry, marking the 25th anniversary for BC’s VQA program, the BC Wine Institute (BCWI) and the award-winning family-owned and operated Wild Goose Vineyards in Okanagan Falls.
Wild Goose founder Adolf Kruger was instrumental in changing legislation that allowed the formation of farm gate wineries, serving as the first BCWI director for farm gate wineries.
“With Dad’s efforts, we saw farm gate wineries grow from 3 to over 200 today,” explains winemaker Hagen Kruger, whose brother Roland is the general manager.
“I’m really blessed to have been part of this amazing growth in BC’s wine industry and see Wild Goose Vineyards become what it is today,” says Adolf.
Upcoming events include a Patsy Cline Wine & Dine Sunday, May 3rd ($45) with 25th anniversary celebrations occurring throughout the year.
2013 Gewürztraminer $19.00
Hagen selects only the best tanks of Gewürztraminer to blend, each tank comprising a single vineyard sourced from some of the oldest vines in the valley. It’s vibrant aromatics and matching palate of lychee, grapefruit, pear, with hints of wild rose and a mineral-citrus finish resulted in a Platinum award at the 2014 Wine Press Northwest ‘Best of the Best’ (WPNW) and Gold at the 2014 Wine Align national Wine Awards.
2012 Red Horizon $22.00
This follow-up to the popular 2011 Red Horizon Meritage garnered Wild Goose’s first-ever Gold Medal for a red at the 2014 BC Wine Awards and Platinum at WPNW’s ‘Best of the Best.’
~ Sarah Willard