The GOODS from Meyer Family Vineyards
Okanagan Falls | During the week when all of Canada’s wine world was focused on the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, Okanagan Falls’ Meyer Family Vineyards quietly and modestly accepted glowing reviews and accolades from David Lawrason of WineAlign and the National Post.
In his recent article Wine from west: Getting our hands on BC’s new big reds, Mr. Lawrason says “Meyer Family Vineyards, based on 19 acres spread farther north in Okanagan Falls, Naramata and Kelowna has turned its sites on small lots of Burgundy-focused pinot noir and chardonnay. Canadian winemaker Chris Carson spent eight years in New Zealand, Burgundy and with Calera in California, before returning to this project. The results are very impressive indeed. Meyer Family Pinot Noir Reimer Vineyard 2010 is a knock out, a modern B.C. classic.” He ranks the Reimer Vineyard Pinot with an admirable 92.
David Lawrason also reviewed the Meyer Family Pinot Noir Mclean Creek Road Vineyard 2010 and in addition to another score of 92, had this to say “This is a fairly deeply coloured, vibrant and solid pinot with nicely ripe raspberry-cherry fruit meshed with fine oak spice, minerality and vague dried herbs/lichen. It’s medium-full bodied for pinot with some tannic grit and dryness but the mid-palate is well in-filled and generous. The sense of dried lichen persists on the finish. The tannins are fine and it okay to drink, but there is an overall sense of restraint; so give it a year or two. Excellent length.”
Both wines can be ordered directly from the Winery via the website (www.mfvwines.com), via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by calling (250) 497-8553. Minimum order is 2 bottles and shipping is free on orders of 12 or more.
Owners: JAK Meyer and Janice Stevens
Winemaker and viticulturist: Chris Carson
Assistant winemaker and viticulturist: Geoff Jejna
Tasting room manager: Sharon Misselbrook
About Meyer Family Vineyards
Meyer Family Vineyards, the little winery with the big reputation, now has two vineyards in the beautiful wine regions of the Okanagan Valley of BC; Old Main Road Vineyard, located on the Naramata Bench and McLean Creek Vineyard, the newest vineyard and winery on McLean Creek Road in Okanagan Falls. Nestled amongst beautiful orchards, rolling hills, crystal clear lakes, and unique micro climate, the Okanagan Valley is now home to well over 100 vineyards and is the ideal terroir for growing grapes. The same latitude as Champagne in France, the Okanagan is well suited for the Burgundy style wines that Meyer Family Vineyards is known for.
The Meyer Family
JAK (John Arthur Kenneth) and his wife Janice Stevens, wanted a place to put down roots and raise their two young daughters. They had lived in Alberta, Vancouver, the Turks and Caicos but after almost a year in Vernon they found themselves attracted to the lifestyle, the beauty, and the opportunities of the Okanagan. After years of sampling the best wines in the world, both appreciating and collecting wine, a vineyard seemed like a good fit. Three years of searching for the perfect site, led them finally to a small acreage in Naramata. With the help of a team of leading experts in Canada, they began to craft their single vineyard wines of excellence; Micro Cuvée Chardonnay and Tribute Chardonnay.
Then in 2008 they added the Okanagan Falls property which included a modest 2400 sq ft winery and another 16 acres of vines. Everything was in place for producing premium single vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir as well as a second tier label which includes Gewurztraminer, Rose and mid tier Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The new tasting room was completed in October of 2010 and plans are in place for a special events area which will be used for hosting concerts, catered dinners or just as perfect place for guests to relax, kick back and enjoy the surroundings.
Reviews & Accolades
“the best dry white wines I have ever tasted from Canada”.
Steven Spurrier, Decanter Magazine
“It’s the Pinot you bring home to Mom… the one you’ll turn to for dependable quality and Pinotranquility”
Liam Carrier, IconWines.com
“A beauty that takes Okanagan Chardonnay to a new level of elegance and complexity”
4 and a half stars, Vines Magazine
“On the palate, the fruit is lush – citrus, ripe apple, a touch of butterscotch – without any of the heaviness one sometimes finds on oaked Chardonnay. This wine is bright and fresh and also shows a laser-like purity. 92/100”
John Schreiner on Meyer 2010 Old Main Vineyard Chardonnay – Tribute Series