Poplar Grove Winery

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Open Daily: 10AM – 5PM | Year-round unless otherwise posted.

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The People of Poplar Grove Winery

Owner: Tony Holler
Winemaker: Stefan Arnason
Assistant Winemaker: Natasha Ponich
General Manager: Jacquie Carlson
Sales & Marketing Director: Laurie Barnes
Wine Club Manager: Naomi Burt

About Poplar Grove Winery

Great wines are born from the courage to see what is possible.

Over the past 22 years, the team at Poplar Grove has worked with the vineyards to nurture their potential into each bottle. Poplar Grove’s vision has remained the same: to make world-class wines that reflect the spirit of the Okanagan Valley.

One of the original 5 wineries on the Naramata Bench just outside Pentiction, Poplar Grove was founded in 1993. The first vintage was released in the fall of 1995, with the Poplar Grove Cabernet Franc receiving top honours at the Okanagan International Wine Festival.

Tony Holler purchased the winery in 2007 and has been Owner and President of Poplar Grove ever since. The Holler family brought with them 110 acres of prime vineyard sites located throughout the Southern Okanagan Valley, appropriately named Holler Estate Vineyards.

Poplar Grove wines are made from 100% Okanagan Valley fruit. The viticulture team supports the estate vineyards by practicing a sustainable farming program that works with the complexity and variability of the individual family vineyards resulting in grapes that are the optimum expression of the Okanagan Valley. The grapes are hand picked to guarantee that only the finest fruit makes it into the ferment.

In 2008, Stefan Arnason took on the position of Winemaker. Each year, Stefan and his team handcraft the Poplar Grove wines with care. Their goal is to guide the winemaking process in efforts to allow the true expression of the fruit to shine through.

Poplar Grove is focused on six core wines: Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and a signature blend called The Legacy. Poplar Grove white wines are released the year following harvest to preserve the primary fruit flavours. The red wines are kept in the cellar for a minimum of 3 years before being released to ensure they are ready to drink.

Each year, in addition to the 6 core wines, Poplar Grove’s winemaking team makes a small amount of exclusive wine crafted for Poplar Grove’s Wine Club members, and for diners at The Vanilla Pod Restaurant. The limited release wines offer the winemaking team an opportunity to create single vineyard and small lot wines that exhibit the vibrant characteristics of the vintage.

The summer of 2010 was an exciting month for Poplar Grove as it marked the official launch of the Poplar Grove Wine Club. The spirit behind the wine club is to ensure that fans receive a guaranteed selection of Poplar Grove’s most sought-after wines each year.

The doors to Poplar Grove’s beautiful new, 9500 square-foot winery opened on July 1st, 2011. Designed to appreciate the natural landscape, the new winery space is home to a working winery, a showcase barrel hall, and an expansive tasting room. The winery’s contemporary design features wall-to-wall panoramic windows that create a tasting room experience where visitors have the chance to sip award-winning wines while enjoying one of the finest views the Okanagan Valley has to offer.

June 21, 2012 marked the official opening of The Vanilla Pod Restaurant at Poplar Grove, a year-round destination restaurant that features cuisine inspired by fresh and seasonal local ingredients and, of course, Poplar Grove’s award-winning wines. Executive Chef Bruno Terroso brings both a passion for the local cuisine and a natural creativity in the preparation of innovative spectacular dishes. Tapas style dishes of international and Mediterranean flavours combined with fresh Okanagan ingredients make for a delicious exploration of contemporary cuisine.

Recent Reviews & Awards

GOLD medal Decanter World Wine Awards – Poplar Grove Syrah 2008
Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in British Columbia Wines – Poplar Grove Syrah 2007
DOUBLE GOLD medal All Canadian Wine Championships – Poplar Grove Merlot 2006
DOUBLE GOLD 95 Points San Francisco International Wine Competition – Poplar Grove The Legacy 2013
GOLD San Francisco International Wine Competition – Poplar Grove Chardonnay 2016
GOLD BEST OF CLASS 96 points LA International Wine Competition Poplar Grove Pinot Gris 2016
GOLD 94 points LA International Wine Competition Poplar Grove Blanc de Noirs 2016
GOLD Pacific Rim Wine Competition Poplar Grove Cabernet Franc 2014
GOLD BC Wine Awards – Okanagan Life Magazine Poplar Grove Syrah 2013