Last Of The 1st Vintage Of Culmina’s Bordeaux-Style “Hypothesis” Now In Stores


GOODS from Culmina Family Estate Winery

Oliver, BC | Culmina Family Estate Winery is excited to announce that their first vintage of Hypothesis, a Bordeaux-style blend launched in 2013, is now available in 26 Signature Stores across British Columbia, just in time for the holidays. Accolades abound for the inaugural 2011 release, recently hailed as one of the five best wines in BC and consistently rated between 90 and 92 points by industry peers.

Alain Sutre, the Bordeaux-based viticulture and winemaking expert who quarterbacked the project from inception, helped the Triggs locate ideal terroir for growing Bordeaux varieties in the South Okanagan – specifically, the Golden Mile Bench. Young grape vines were planted on the virgin site in 2009 following two years of rigorous research and analysis on the property. It was this meticulous commitment to quality that attracted classically-trained industry icon Pascal Madevon to Culmina. Acting as Vineyard Manager & Winemaker since January 2013, Madevon has played an integral role in the final blending of 2011 Hypothesis, made from 40% Cabernet Franc, 36% Merlot, and 24% Cabernet Sauvignon.

With an aging potential of 5 to 10 years, 2011 Hypothesis makes a wonderful gift for any oenophile. Now with a full year of ageing since its initial release, the wine has matured beautifully, allowing the spice, floral and dark red fruit aromas, tight structure, toasted oak, velvety tannins and red cassis flavours to further develop in the bottle. The extremely limited, handcrafted wine offers an outstanding food match for seasonal dishes like holiday turducken, roasted lamb, and raw cheeses like Gruyere and Comte.

The last of Culmina’s 2011 Hypothesis is now available in limited quantities at BC Liquor Stores for $48 + deposit. Further information about locations and availability can be found here.



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Elaine Triggs: Co-Proprietor & Finance Director
Sara Triggs: Sales & Marketing Manager
Donald Triggs: Co-Proprietor & Principal



Culmina Family Estate Winery is the result of a lifetime of experience in the wine industry for Don, Elaine and Sara Triggs. Having worked in the industry for a combined 40+ years, Don and Elaine began in 2007 with a simple goal: to make the highest quality wines possible from their own family estate. Channelling their lifelong passion and resources into their family-run property in the Golden Mile, Culmina represents their commitment to excellence as well as their desire to craft icon quality wines reflective of their origins.

Culmina is located on three spectacular adjoining benches, scouted for its rich vineyard potential and developed from virgin land. Visitors to Culmina may explore a very limited release of Culmina’s carefully crafted wines – including the highly anticipated Grüner Veltliner – to learn about Culmina’s unique approach to viticulture and winemaking, receiving personalized attention by the Triggs and the rest of the Culmina team.


Culmina is a family-owned wine estate operated by the Triggs and a small team of dedicated professionals. For the Triggs, ownership does not mean standing on the sidelines, but rather a full-time, hands-on commitment to every aspect of the business.  Their singular objective: to maximize the quality of the wine produced from their family-run vineyard estate.

Culmina is supported by exceptionally talented Viticulture and Oenology professionals. At the helm of the local team is BC-winemaking Icon, Pascal Madevon. Hailing from France, Pascal Madevon offers a wealth of industry experience from Canada and abroad, infusing his passion in all aspects of the grape growing and winemaking cycle.

Intrinsic to the Culmina project from it’s inception has also been Alain Sutre, Consultant from Bordeaux. With his education and experience encompassing projects both in Canada and overseas, in areas of vineyard development, winemaking and grape growing disciplines, Alain provides invaluable input into the entire production process, from vineyard to grape to bottle.


Culmina’s wines have been met with exceptional critical praise since their Pre-Release to Members and in the Tasting Room last Fall, including very flattering reviews from some of Canada’s top wine writers. To purchase Culmina’s wines, Become a member to learn of Members-Only releases and special offers, as well as to keep abreast of upcoming 2014 winery events and other news.

Anthony Gismondi gives high praise and 89 points in this blog to Culmina’s 2011 Hypothesis: “Collector’s Alert! The best first release I can remember from a local winery. […] An impressive first edition with a ‘Right Bank’ Bordeaux-styling”. | August 2013.

John Schreiner, during his second trip to Culmina, describes Culmina’s 2011 Hypothesis as ‘an elegant icon wine’, giving it a massive 92 points. | August 2013.

Rick Van Sickle attributes 91 points to Culmina’s 2011Hypothesis, 90 points to Culmina’s 2011 Dilemma, and 88 points to Culmina’s 2012 Saignée. Details from Rick’s entire visit to Culmina may be found on his blog | August 2013.

Tim Pawsey attributes Culmina’s 2011 Hypothesis 91 points, calling it a “definite sign of great things to come from what I suspect will emerge as one of the valley’s hallmark wineries”. | September 2013.


In Summer (May 1 – Oct 31), Culmina is open 7 days a week for seated tastings, tours and wine sales (10am to 5pm). In Winter (Nov 1 – Apr 30), hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm (excluding Stat Holidays) for wine sales only.


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