The GOODS from Meyer Family Vineyards
Okanagan Falls | The results from the WineAlign National Wine Awards were officially released earlier this month and we are pleased to announce that we did very well. In a nutshell, we placed #5 in BC and #10 in Canada on the top 20 wineries list (out of 164 wineries entered). Of the wineries on the top 20 list, we submitted the fewest number of wines – seven – and these earned us 5 medals (some wineries entered as many as 37 for consideration). To think we didn’t even enter our Micro Cuvee Chardonnay! Earning a Platinum for the 2011 McLean Creek Chardonnay means we were one of only 11 Platinum awards in Canada out of 1,100 wines submitted and one of only 2 oaked Chardonnays. We also received Gold for the 2011 Reimer Vineyard Pinot Noir (only 4 Pinots in Canada achieved Gold) and 2 Silvers for the Tribute Chardonnay and McLean Creek Pinot Noir. Even our OK Valley Pinot received a bronze.
We think this is an amazing accomplishment for how small we are and how long we have been around. All the results will be published in the Financial Post sometime this month and will sell quickly. We are also featured in Spurriers’ Choice in the September issue of Decanter and would suggest that we are the first and only Canadian wine to be featured in this highly esteemed column!
photos by Henry Georgi
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