Indigenous World Winery opened its’ doors in May, 2016 as BC’s first 100% aboriginal owned winery. Former Westbank First Nations chief Robert Louie and his wife Bernice started the winery as way to promote indigenous people in business while showcasing their ancestral lands. The winery ties together traditional Okanagan, Syilx culture with modern tastes in a beautiful building that looks North over their 2.5 acre vineyard towards Lake Okanagan.
The story of the winery is told through the labels and the names of the wines. The labels proudly display indigenous animals that have a strong tie to the local culture such as the grizzly bear and bald eagle. The signature wines share traditional names such as Simo and Hee-Hee-Tel-Kin, that have been bestowed on the family members.
Winemaker Jason Parkes has crafted numerous, award-winning VQA wines in the few short years the winery has been open. The style of wines are widely appealing, with intense, complex flavours that show the exceptional character of wines produced in the Okanagan and Similkameen regions.
Join us for a tasting of those raditional wines.