No other winery better exemplifies the great things happening in the Okanagan Valley than Meyer Family Vineyards in Okanagan Falls. In 2006 they released their first single vineyard vintage from a 4-acre property in Naramata: 600 cases of the Tribute Chardonnay. The venture was to be a ‘hobby’, to reflect owners’, JAK (John Arthur Kenneth) Meyer and wife Janice Stevens Meyer, passion for wine and their desire to give something back through the yearly Tribute recipient. Little did they dream that a short (or long if you ask them!) 8 years later, they would expand production to 5000 cases, add a second vineyard in OK Falls and their wine would be enjoyed not only across Canada, but in London, Japan and the United States.
Meyer Family Vineyards has rapidly garnered a heap of impressive awards under the care of winemaker Chris Carson. Named #1 Chardonnay in Canada for two years in a row, named in the top two Pinot Noir each year, #5 winery in BC and ranked #10 winery in all of Canada, it’s been a heady ride for this little winery with the big reputation.
When asked why they’ve chosen to expand outside of BC, JAK feels that it is important to not only find new sales channels, but to showcase BC wines in the international arena. “We need to get our wines out on a world wide scale so people understand the quality of wines being produced here in BC.”
This spring watch for the release of their single variety 2012 Chardonnays, their 2012 Pinot Noirs, the very small batch Micro Cuvee Chardonnay and their first ever Micro Cuvee Pinot Noir. “We’re really excited about this one,” says JAK, “ it is reflective of our philosophy that if we see something really exceptional, that stands out, we pull it aside for our Cuvee. This is from the best vineyard, best block, best clone (the Pommard clone 91) and best three barrels.” Only 100 cases were produced–and they’ll go fast.
If you’d like to share in this excitement, check out their wine club. “It’s a great way to join the family and have the best of our wines shipped right to your door! And members get first crack at the Cuvee,” says Janice.” Mark your calendar for May 17th for the first ever ‘Party in the Tank Room’ at Meyer Family. It’s going to be a casual and fun BBQ event held in the cellar. Tickets are now available.
(JAK Meyer (R) and winemaker Chris Carson shown in photo)
~ Terry Meyer-Stone