“Form follows function – that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union,” commented the great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. If ever there was a tangible testament to Wright’s perspective, it is Pentâge Winery overlooking Skaha Lake in Penticton. Here, owners Julie Rennie and Paul Gardner bought a 23-acre discarded orchard in 1996 and painstakingly repurposed it into magnificent vineyards and a breathtaking boutique winery. While “it’s all about the wine” as Julie says, each detail ensures Pentâge is a union of form and function. Even the name Pentâge is a play on Latin for “five” a tribute to the red varieties planted to make up Paul’s flagship red. The commitment to excellence begins with the vines and carries through to the winery, yeast selections, specific barrel cooperage, winemaking techniques and specialized equipment to create elegant world-class wines. From May 1st to October 10th, 1 to 5 pm, the stunning stainless steel adorned tasting room is open with a tasting fee of $5 waived upon purchase. Pack a picnic and pause with a glass of Pentâge’s fine wine to enjoy the view from the picturesque patio. Children, too, are offered a taste of white or red, that is, apple or grape juice. For an in depth Cellar Tour & Tasting, 3 pm, check online for space or call ahead. It includes an informative tour of the property, its astonishing 5,000 square foot natural rock wine cellar followed by a tasting for $15 per person fee ($5 waived with purchase). For a private tour of 10 or more guests, email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange availability. Wine sales are offered online and during winter months by appointment.
~ Roslyne Buchanan