The GOODS from Meyer Family Vineyards
Okanagan Falls | Meyer Family Vineyards has just been awarded the #2 small winery in Canada and #12
winery overall in Canada at Wine Align’s National Wine Awards. This distinction comes with 12 medals including 3 golds, 6 silvers and 3 bronze medals, all of these awards came from the outstanding 2015 and 2016 vintage and represent the continued dedication by JAK and Janice Meyer and their viticulturist/winemaker Chris Carson.
In the last 5 years, Meyer has placed in the top 12 overall in Canada three times, top 6 in BC three times and in 2016 placed #3 small winery in Canada.
This year’s competition is the largest in history with over 1,700 wines entered from 242 wineries from across Canada and 132 wineries from BC alone. Their website states that wines are blind-tasted by 22 judges from seven provinces. The judges are all well-established wine writers and educators with broad international wine experience including international guest judge Dr. Jamie Goode from the United Kingdom.
Meyer’s 2015 Micro Cuvée Pinot Noir, 2015 Old Block Pinot Noir and 2015 Tribute Series Chardonnay were all awarded gold medals at the competition. Meyer’s sold out Cuvée Pinot received a 93 point from esteemed Toronto-based Wine Align judge Michael Nodel who commented “All in all the results are inescapable, from a fruit-earth- mineral triad enveloped and developed by formidable and purposed structure.
Should be placed in a time capsule as a representative of Canadian pinot noir.”
It’s no surprise that Meyer has sold out of most of their single vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnays so early in the season. Meyer has received international recognition and their wines are now available in 9 countries across the Globe including Canada, USA, UK, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Philippines, Switzerland and most recently Norway.
Meyer’s wine club offers their members access to new release and limited release wines along with a selection from their library. Due to low production of many of their premium wines, some wine club packages are capped and some wines are only offered exclusively to wine club members.
For full reviews and accolades from the National Wine Awards visit Meyer online at www.MFVwines.com.
photos by Henry Georgi
Owners: JAK Meyer and Janice Stevens
Winemaker and viticulturist: Chris Carson
Wine Club Co-ordinator: Monica Horning
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