GOODS | Canadian Winery Of The Year Nod For “Mission Hill” At National Wine Awards

September 19, 2013 


Mission Hill is located at 1730 West Bank Rd in West Kelowna, BC | 250-768-7611 |

The GOODS from Mission Hill Family Estate

West Kelowna, BC | Mission Hill Family Estate is the winner of the coveted ‘Canadian Winery of the Year’ at the WineAlign National Wine Awards with 150 wineries and 1200 wines entered in 2013. The competition’s rigorous judging process is led by the most respected Master Sommeliers and Masters of Wine in Canada.

“The ‘Canadian Winery of the Year’ designation is as big as it gets in Canadian wine,” said Anthony Gismondi, Chairman of the National Wine Awards. “We are proud and delighted that the performance of Mission Hill Family Estate led all others in 2013.”

Being relentless in the pursuit of quality is why this family-owned winery farms 85% of the grapes for its wines in its own vineyards. This enables Mission Hill to optimize growing conditions each year toward the objective of producing the highest quality wines possible. This award is particularly gratifying given the award-winning wines were produced in the most challenging growing seasons ever experienced in the Okanagan Valley.

“We continue to make significant investments in our family’s sustainable vineyards to perfect the art of precision-farming that enables us to achieve incredible results,” said Proprietor Anthony von Mandl, O.B.C. “It is extremely satisfying to consistently produce wines of incredible depth and character, even when faced with the challenging weather conditions characteristic of the Okanagan Valley. With this level of commitment to the land you can literally taste the difference with each vintage.” Read more

GOODS: Mission Hill Family Estate Releases Line-Up For The Okanagan Spring Wine Fest

February 16, 2012 


Mission Hill is located at 1730 West Bank Rd in West Kelowna, BC | 250-768-7611 |

The GOODS from Mission Hill Family Estate

West Kelowna, BC | The Okanagan Spring Wine Festival (May 4 – 13) is a time to savour the season and the region. Executive Winery Chef Matthew Batey is preparing for spring at The Terrace Restaurant (opening May 11) with five-course dinners, five-star dishes and special guest chefs from Calgary. Get all the delicious details after the jump… Read more

GOODS: Mission Hill Family Estate Hosting “Three Chefs In The Vineyard” Dinner

Mission Hill is located at 1730 West Bank Rd in West Kelowna, BC | 250-768-7611 |

The GOODS from Mission Hill Family Estate

Vancouver, BC | On Saturday, August 27, Mission Hill Family Estate and The Glowbal Collection present an exclusive wine country collaboration. The ‘Three Chefs in the Vineyard’ dinner features Matthew Batey (Executive Winery Chef at Terrace, Mission Hill) and Vancouver-based culinary artists Dennis Peckham (Executive Chef, COAST Restaurant) and Ryan Gauthier (Corporate Chef, The Glowbal Collection).

To set the mood and start the soiree, fresh summer wines and canapés are served between rows of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines.

Next, guests stroll to the Terrace restaurant where inviting and dramatic harvest tables are set for an amiable evening of dining ‘al fresco’. A locally-inspired four-course menu is presented by this trio of chefs, expertly paired with highlights from the winery cellar — all while being surrounded by the natural beauty of the Okanagan Valley.

Experience an intimate gathering with fellow food and wine lovers, enticed by rich experiences, great company and creative chefs — from some of BC’s favourite and most memorable restaurants. Details after the jump… Read more

GOODS: “Top Toques” Dinner At Mission Hill To Star Blue Water Cafe And CinCin Chefs

Mission Hill is located at 1730 West Bank Rd in West Kelowna, BC | 250-768-7611 |

The GOODS from Mission Hill Family Estate

Vancouver, BC | Join Mission Hill Family Estate Winery Chef Matthew Batey, and Guest Chefs Frank Pabst and Todd Howard from acclaimed Vancouver restaurants, Blue Water Cafe and CinCin Ristorante, for the epicurean highlight of the Spring Wine Festival. Set in the elegant Chagall Room at Mission Hill, the Chefs will present an exclusive multi-course menu expertly paired with a compelling selection of wines drawn from the award winning Mission Hill Family Estate portfolio. Full details after the jump… Read more

Celebrating The Tenth Vintage Of Mission Hill’s “Oculus” Wine

September 23, 2010 


Mission Hill is located at 1730 West Bank Rd in West Kelowna, BC | 250-768-7611 |

News from Scout supporter Mission Hill Family Estate

Vancouver, BC | With the first day of fall upon us, we’re delighted to announce a series of celebratory events to commemorate Mission Hill’s tenth vintage of our premium Bordeaux-inspired wine, Oculus, this autumn. Next month during the 30th Okanagan Fall Wine Festival we’re holding a selection of intimate activities in our Oculus Salon: from vintage library, component and barrel tastings by our Sommeliers to “Message on a Bottle” personalized Oculus signings by Chief Winemaker John Simes and Proprietor Anthony von Mandl. Also on Thanksgiving weekend, we’re honoured to have  top restaurants in British Columbia and Alberta offer “Buy the Glass” pours of rare Oculus magnums. More details on our website. Read more

Mission Hill To Pair With Fleuri Kitchen At Sutton Place Hotel

September 3, 2010 


Mission Hill is located at 1730 West Bank Rd in West Kelowna, BC | 250-768-7611 |

News from Scout supporter Mission Hill Family Estate

Vancouver, BC | Join Mission Hill’s Director of Wine Education Ingo Grady and Fleuri Executive Chef Michael Deutsch as they showcase the classically inspired Okanagan Valley wines of Mission Hill Family Estate and the progressive Northwest cuisine of Fleuri Restaurant at Vancouver’s Sutton Place Hotel. Date: Tuesday September 28th 2010. Time: 6:30pm. Cost: $120 per person. Reserve after the jump… Read more

Q&A With Michael Allemeier

November 20, 2008 

Each week, Scout poses 60 questions to a local who has made life in BC that much more interesting. They pick and choose. The minimum response is 20 answers. A Rorschach test, for sure.

Michael Allemeier is the Winery Chef at Mission Hill’s picturesque restaurant, The Terrace.


Three things about your neighbourhood that make you want to live there: Being surrounded by wineries, being able to walk to work and being able to hike up Mt Boucherie within a five minute walk!

The thing that you eat that is bad for you that you will never stop eating: Duck fat and cracklings.

Sexiest fashion item for the opposite sex: Stockings and Bra.

Favourite Vancouver bridge: Burrard Bridge.

One thing you’d like to change about Vancouver: Less traffic lights.

Cheap place for dinner: Hon’s Noodles.

Last place traveled: Seattle

Biggest fear: Losing my palette.

Best sneaker in the world, ever: Chuck Taylors

Your ancestry: German and British

Under what circumstances would you join the army: To protect my family.

Your paternal grandfather’s personal story: An Oxford scholar who loved to ride BSA motorcycles. Moved to the Sudan in the 30’s to grow cotton for the British Empire.

What are you proud of: My family.

The thing that makes you the angriest: Doing something twice.

Saddest thing about Vancouver: Homeless People

Ice cream flavour: Mint Chocolate Chip

Best fine dining restaurant in the city: Vij’s – great wines, service and food all wrapped in one.

Food your mom makes better than anyone: Sunday Pork Roast

Talent you wish you possessed: To juggle.

Musical instrument you long to play: Trumpet.

Grooming products: Toothpaste – pretty important stuff.

Mac or PC: PC but thinking of a MAC = vista

Favourite sports team: Calgary Flames

The scariest situation you’ve ever been in: Being in a ditch, during a blizzard in January Manitoba Winter and car unable to start.

Best concert experience ever: Stevie Ray Vaughn

Cologne/Perfume: Never touch the stuff – too smelly

Describe your tattoos: Killer Whale and Maple Leaf

The dish you’re proud of: The latest one I am working on.

Town you were born in: Johannesburg South Africa

Old television shows you can tolerate re-runs of: Original Batman

Album that first made you love music: Supertramp, Breakfast in America

Default junk food: French Fries

The career path you considered but never followed: Being a vet.

The one country that you have no interest in ever visiting: Somalia

Luckiest moment of your life: Meeting my wife.

Favourite book as a child: Tintin


To read past Q&As, click here.

Mission Hill

1730 West Bank Road | West Kelowna, BC V4T 2E4
Telephone: 250-768-7611


The Winery is open from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm with tours and educational seminars offered.
The Terrace is open from May to September for lunch from 11:30 to 3:00pm and Tapas from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. For restaurant or seminar reservations, visit our website, or call 250-768-6467


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The Team

Proprietor: Anthony von Mandl
Chief Winemaker: John Simes
Executive Winery Chef: Matthew Batey
Wine Education: Ingo Grady
Sommelier: Jesse Harnden

About Mission Hill

“The centerpiece of the Canadian wine tourism industry…understated wines which rank among the country’s best and the Terrace Restaurant on the estate’s front lawn is one of the most glorious dining experiences around.” Travel & Leisure Magazine, February 2008

Located in the heart of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, Mission Hill Family Estate is a family-owned winery that crafts boutique wines. Majestic mountains, scenic lakes, and lush orchards encase the winery’s dramatic architecture and culminate in a setting that celebrates wine, food and the arts. Our Chief Winemaker John Simes, uses a ‘pruning to bottle’ program for the viticulture to winemaking process that ensures all our wines reflect the origin and unique character of the Valley. Visit us at the winery’s Education Centre for workshops and seminars on tastings, viticulture, wine and food pairings and more or enjoy our elegant tasting salons which provide a luxurious setting for an exclusive sampling of Mission Hill Family Estate wines.

We invite you to join us for patio dining at The Terrace and enjoy lunch or tapas overlooking our lush vineyards. Our Winery Chef’s innovative culinary style of Cuisine de Terroir, a seasonal and regional approach to gastronomy, is globally influenced, but locally crafted. Our Chef selects only the freshest local ingredients and seasonal fare is handcrafted to compliment our wines. Year round private dining is also available with the pinnacle Chef’s Table dining experience, an intimate evening with our renowned Winery Chef.

The Terrace is a proud member of OceanWise.


Mission Hill Family Estate has been honoured with numerous awards including:

* The Terrace, Top Five Winery Restaurants in the World by Travel and Leisure Magazine, 2008
* The Terrace, Best Okanagan Restaurant, Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards 2009
* Best Icewine in the World, 2008 International World Challenge
* 2007 & 2001 Winery of the Year as rated by Wine Access Magazine

Breweries & Wineries

the following wineries are Scout supporters…

okanagan_070614_0849Blue Mountain

2385 Allendale Rd, RR#1 Site 3 Comp 4 | Okanagan Falls BC | 250-497-8244 | | Blue Mountain is a family run vineyard and winery located in the picturesque South Okanagan Valley…EXPLORE BLUE MOUNTAIN

qerfCedarCreek Estate Winery

5445 Lakeshore Road | Kelowna | MAP | 250-764-8866 | | After over 20 years of wine growing experience, we believe that we have the right varietals planted in the right sites.  We grow the…EXPLORE CEDARCREEK ESTATE WINERY


2730 Aikins Loop | Naramata BC | 250.496.5522 | | Fusing classic wine making processes with an unconventional line-up of fruits – Stella cherries, organic Bartlett pears, Goldrich apricots…EXPLORE ELEPHANT ISLAND


2825 Naramata Rd, Site 5 Comp 4, Naramata BC | 1-866-422-5643 | 250-496-0073 | | JoieFarm is owned and operated by Heidi Noble & Michael Dinn and is located on their farm on the beautiful…EXPLORE JOIEFARM

Laughing Stock Vineyards

1548 Naramata Road | Penticton, BC | Tel: 250-493-8466 | | Located on the picturesque Naramata Bench, Laughing Stock Vineyards is a serious enterprise with a lighthearted attitude….EXPLORE LAUGHING STOCK VINEYARDS

La Stella

8123-148th Avenue, Osoyoos, BC | 250-495-8180 | | LaStella was created to be the embodiment of the Tuscan way of life. For us, we are making more than wine. We are making our own fun…EXPLORE LA STELLA

Le Vieux Pin

34070-73th Street Oliver, BC | 250-498-8388 | | Le Vieux Pin named after the majestic old pine tree on the northwest corner of our vineyard is situated on the East Bench of Oliver, in the South…EXPLORE LE VIEUX PIN

Mission Hill Family Estate

1730 West Bank Rd, West Kelowna, BC | 250-768-7611 | | Located in the heart of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, Mission Hill Family Estate is a family-owned winery…EXPLORE MISSION HILL

sfghNichol Vineyard

RR1 S14 C13 -1285 Smethurst Rd,  Naramata, BC | 250-496-5962 | | Nichol Vineyard, known among Canadian wine lovers in the know, has been operating in Naramata Village in BC using…EXPLORE NICHOL VINEYARD

scout1R&B Brewing Co.

54 East 4th Ave | Vancouver, BC | MAP | 604-874-2537 | | R&B Brewing Co. has always been, and will always be, just about as independent a microbrewery as you’ll come across…EXPLORE R&B BREWING CO.

IMG_9998Red Truck Beer Company

1015 Marine Dr, North Vancouver | 604-682-4733 | | The Red Truck Beer Company is a Vancouver-based craft microbrewery. We make two signature beers: Red Truck Ale, a rich…EXPLORE RED TRUCK BEER CO.

Road 13

13140-316A Ave., Oliver BC | Toll free: 866.498.8330 | | Road 13 is the location of our winery and two of our vineyard sites: the Home and the Castle. Our land was first cultivated in…EXPLORE ROAD 13

3208946370_753760b35c_bStoneboat Vineyards

7148 Orchard Grove Lane, Oliver BC | Toll Free: 888-598-2226 | | Located along a winding country lane in Oliver, BC, on the rocky soils of the lower Black Sage Bench…EXPLORE STONEBOAT

IMG_9569-800x533Whistler Brewing Co.

1045 Millar Creek Road, Whistler, BC | 604-731-2900 | | At the Whistler Brewing Company, we share a passion for creating unique, world-class craft brewed beers. Using traditional brewing…EXPLORE WHISTLER BREWING CO.