Black Hills Winery Partners To Raise Funds In Memory Of Architect Nick Bevanda


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Oliver, BC | The recent passing of Penticton-based architect Nick Bevanda has inspired a fundraising effort to support aspiring young architects in the South Okanagan.

Black Hills Estate Winery has partnered with HDR|CEI Architecture to develop the Nick Bevanda Archtectural Scholarship to provide bursaries to students who are planning to obtain a degree in architecture and design.

A fundraiser will take place June 17 at the Black Hills’ signature event, the Nota Bene Release Party, where the proceeds of a live and silent auction will be donated to the fund.

Bevanda, whose work can be seen throughout the Valley, was the architect for Black Hills Estate Winery for which he was awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Award of Merit.

“Nick was an outstanding architect who also became a good friend,” said Black Hills President Glenn Fawcett. “More than an architect, Nick was a great husband and father. His creativity shone through everything he did. We are so grateful to have had to opportunity to work with such a visionary and want to honour his legacy by supporting the work of future visionaries.”

The Nota Bene Release Party, held every year at Black Hills to celebrate the release of its signature wine Nota Bene, draws 400 guests to the Oliver winery.

Along with the silent and live auction, which will raise thousands to support Nick Bevanda Architectural Scholarshp, guests will also enjoy performances from Barney Bentall and Oscar Lopez, contortionists, dancers and more.

Tickets for the event are still available and can be purchased at


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Founded in 1999, Black Hills Estate Winery produces wine exclusively from its estate vineyard on the Black Sage Bench, north of Osoyoos, British Columbia. The vineyard microclimate is one of the hottest, driest, and sunniest sites in the South Okanagan, allowing the vines to yield flavourful grapes of balanced intensity. Using environmentally-friendly viticultural techniques and thoughtful winemaking practices, the winery produces varietally-labelled Viognier, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Carménère. The winery is well-known for its two signature blends, Alibi (Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon) and Nota Bene, an age-worthy Bordeaux-style red, produced in limited-quantities from select barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. A second label, Cellar Hand, was introduced in 2012, allowing the winemaking team freedom to experiment with select barrels from the estate.

The Black Hills team welcomes wine lovers to visit their Wine Experience Center in Oliver. The new facility allows visitors to enjoy a 90-minute behind-the-scenes tour of the Black Hills winery and vineyard with winemaker Graham Pierce or assistant winemaker Jesse Cooper. New for 2016, the tour will include barrel tasting, a charcuterie plate and a full portfolio tasting at the Wine Experience Center. Annual summer events held at the facility are bold, exciting and fun. Members of the Black Hills Wine Club enjoy access to limited-release wines not available to the general public.

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