The trio behind Oliver’s new Squeezed Winery are no strangers to grape growing, winemaking and the wine industry in BC. Set to release their first vintage this spring, Christina, Nicole and Michael Ferreira grew up in the agricultural industry and have been working around wine for over 19 years combined. They have all been deeply involved in their family winery, Quinta Ferreira, and were motivated to start their very own project to cater to a more quirky and fun wine brand, while still supporting the family winery as a separate entity.
Squeezed Winery is named to capture a less stuffy approach to winemaking, while still being serious when it comes to the juice in the bottle. The winery is a virtual one for now, but Winemaker Michael Ferreira owns five acres of vineyards from which some of the grapes will be sourced. Christina Ferreira will handle much of the marketing for the project and sister Nicole Ferreira will focus on distribution and sales.
The wines released this spring will be all blends, simply named White ($18), Red ($20) and Pink ($18); all lightly oaked easy sippers that are ready to drink when purchased and don’t require food to be enjoyed. The bottles have bold labels so they can be easily spotted at VQA and private stores as well as restaurant wine shelves. Look for the Red with a bright purple label, the White with green and Pink with a pink label. Fans may also purchase the wines in allotments of six from the soon-to-open online store.
~ Cassandra Anderton