Like most winery owners, Roland Kruger of Wild Goose Vineyards in Okanagan Falls is often difficult to get in touch with. This spring he was especially difficult to track down. But when I learned of all the exciting changes happening at Wild Goose I was surprised that Roland had time to chat at all.
After 15 years Wild Goose Vineyards has outgrown their cozy tasting room and are now working feverishly to complete their beautiful, spacious wine shop for the coming season.
“With our new wine shop and event room.” says Roland. “We are adding a new dimension to our business. We’ll be able to hold group events and private functions. Food services will also be provided by local chefs and caterers! Join us for grand opening celebrations beginning in early June through the entire summer!”
In fact the parties have already begun. In May they hosted The Richtefest, a celebration of new construction. Donning hard hats, members of the Kruger family led guests on a tour of the just about complete building.
As the new facility is finished a new era begins at Wild Goose. This new era includes the third generation taking on more responsibility in the family business while the first member of the fourth generation, Sofia, occasionally plays between the rows of grapes, already learning the rhythm of the land and seasons.
While the construction has been going on around him, Winemaker, Hagen Kruger, has been busy in the cellar. He has added a Chardonnay to the portfolio. It features well balanced fruit with a hint of oak to round out the flavours – the North West style of Chardonnay.
Joining the Chardonnay in the new wine shop are the white 2011 releases including Pinot Gris, Autumn Gold and Mystic River wines as well as red wines from the 2010 vintage.
Watch their website www.wildgoosewinery.com for upcoming events.
~ Sharon Bonney