Wine Wednesday: It takes a Village

The first of an open-ended number of Wine Wednesday posts for the unforeseeable future.

District Wine Village Ampitheatre before noon on opening Saturday. Photo: d. king

SIP HAPPENS 

Just spent 3 unforgettable nights and days in Oliver; The Wine Capital of Canada, home to nearly half of British Columbia’s vines and more than 40 wineries. While there, my friend Margeaux and I were at the official opening day of the first wine village in Canada, aptly named District Wine Village.  It’s a unique on-site vineyard built around a huge Ampitheatre with a local community mindset, celebrating artisan production and craftsmanship in wine, beer, food and entertainment.  You don’t have far to go from one tasting to another and I hear the venue for live music is amazing.  Unfortunately we didn’t stay for the concert as we had dinner reservations elsewhere that evening.

Photo: d. king

History taken from their website (link below):

The History

Many business ideas are born over glasses of wine and that is exactly what happened with Okanagan Falls born and raised, long-time friends and neighbours, Max Brock and Matt Kenyon. Max had previously travelled throughout the US and had seen the model of winery clusters in other wine regions and wanted to bring the model to BC, the first of its kind in Canada. Together, they created a concept to launch this one-of-a-kind village in wine country. Expanding on this concept was to include Matt’s love of beer and food resulting in the inclusion of a craft brewery and a restaurant on site.  Sadly, Max passed away before breaking ground. The District Wine Village project continued on, and is now being built in honour of Max and his family.

Michael Daley, an industry veteran was brought on as Director of Operations to bring the project to fruition, and the vision to life in further planning and the building out of the village. The rest as they say is history.

Photo: d. king
Photo: Margeaux Bauman

This YouTube video was taken before opening day