Recognition for the quality of Nighthawk Vineyards wines continues. Owners Christy and Daniel Bibby have learned that their 2016 Chardonnay won a competition in Norway and will be stocked in 59 stores across the country.

Says Daniel, “This marks the first time we’ve shipped internationally. We were thrilled to load four pallets destined for Norway.”

Norway has a highly restrictive wine monopoly regulating the sale of alcohol over 4.75 per cent ABV (alcohol by volume) to a single government-owned provider, Vinmonopolet. To be considered, a winery must first be invited, submit according to strict guidelines and then undergo a blind tasting competition. The best of the tasting wins the right to be sold through the Vinmonopolet.

And a Medal Too!

The 2016 Chardonnay also captured a Silver Medal at the 2018 British Columbia Best of Varietal Wine Awards at the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival. Distinctive of Nighthawk’s high-altitude vineyard, and aged for eight months in French Oak, this delicate wine features aromatic elegance and mineral complexity.

Winemaker Matt Dumayne succeeded in capturing the essence of the hot and dry 2016 growing season, ideal for an amazing vintage of estate-grown Chardonnay. On the mid palate, it is silky and smooth with a crisp and buttery finish. It’s beautifully bottled with the nature-themed art of Kelowna’s talented Alex Fong adorning the label, so treat yourself and buy some 2016 Chardonnay as gifts while it’s still available.

Relax with Wine and Art

In the tasting room, experience the small-lot wines featured, such as Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir Rosé, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. Peruse the art and selections of culinary creations. Relax in the licensed picnic area with your own lunch or buy an artisan charcuterie plate prepared on-site. And to pair with your feast and wine-country setting, buy a bottle of Nighthawk Vineyards wine.