Meyer Family Vineyards, located between Penticton and Oliver, has a focus: to produce excellent Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines with an emphasis on single vineyard wines.
In classic French Burgundy style, they specialize in small case lots of excellent wine, expressive of their unique place of origin. The single vineyard production allows them to showcase the wines that demonstrate unique terroir expressions. Currently 19 acres are under vine.
The owners are Jak Meyer and Janice Stevens who live on the property with their family and winery dog Bruce Meyer.
The specialization has paid off. At the 2013 National Wine Awards of Canada, they garnered Platinum for 2011 McLean Creek Chardonnay, Gold for 2011 Reimer Vineyard Pinot Noir, Silvers for 2011 McLean Creek Pinot Noir and 2011 Tribute Series Winnifred Mary Steward Chardonnay and Bronze for 2011 Okanagan Valley Pinot Noir.
And that is not all. Wine Access Magazine Awards selected the 2010 Tribute Series Chardonnay as the Number One BC Wine of 2012.
“To produce the best wines, we use the best barrels, absolute care, attention to detail and the best winemaking protocols,” says Jak.
The refined and specialized winemaking methods and awards have resulted in an exceptional export program. “We currently export to London and Japan and soon into the US,” says Jak.
The British importer is Ellis of Richmond. Meyer Family Vineyards is the first winery from Canada to be chosen by this family-run company, in business since 1822.
Fans of Meyer Family Vineyards Pinot Noir and Chardonnay might want to consider joining the Wine Club. The selection of wines is chosen by winemaker Chris Carson. Each shipment contains four bottles of wine, along with tasting notes and food pairing suggestions. There is no membership fee and a 10% discount applies to all direct and online purchases as well as regular shipments.
“It’s our goal to bring further awareness and recognition to the BC wine industry,” says Jak, “and hopefully gain world-wide attention to our wines and BC wines in general.”
~ Dona Sturmanis