Kalala means miracle place, but the success of the winery is no miracle; it’s the result of the thriving terroir and winemaking expertise.
Ask Tibby Erdelyi (pictured on right), Kalala’s winemaker, why organic and his answer is simple – why not?
Tibby can taste the difference between organic and non-organic grapes, and if the poisonous pesticides or herbicides on the vines interfere with the nuances of the varietals, why wouldn’t you choose a tastier grape to make wine with? Tibby has won numerous international and domestic awards for his wines, and Kalala’s awards reach far across their wine list, from the legendary Dostana’s to the inspired icewines.
Kalala Organic Winery was established in 2006 by Karnail Singh Sidhu (pictured on left), a third generation organic farmer and viticulture consultant. Karnail believes all life forms have a purpose and work harmoniously when allowed to do so–and indeed the vines at Kalala are flourishing with flora and fauna co-existing peacefully.
A combined 44 acres with organic vineyards in Westbank, Kelowna, Osoyoos, and Oliver supply Kalala Winery with abundant, healthy harvests of delicious varietals, and the award-winning wines reflect the harvest. Harmony White and Aspire are already sold out; catch the next batch later this summer.
At Kalala the philosophy is simple: let the unique varietal notes and clean organic terroir shine through the wine with minimal handling during the winemaking process.
Karnail’s commitment to organic goes far beyond the vines and wines; he holds a vision for the future: a prosperous wine industry in an Organic Okanagan.
~ Henrietta Poirier