Creek & Gully Cider Opens Today

Co-owner Annelise Simonsen and her husband Kevin Douma with Creek & Gully’s first bottles. | Photo: Scout Magazine

A new farmhouse cidery called Creek & Gully is very nearly open on the edge of the Okanagan Valley’s Naramata Bench. We paid it quick visit as it was busily being prepared for its first visitors this past weekend.

Like most parcels of land in this part of the world, the 20 acre property is beautiful; gently sloping down towards the water; all sunshine, bird chirps, lake breezes and the promise of a good drink; the sort of Peter Mayle paradise that would make most city types pause long enough to Instagram with a caption that superficially questions their priorities with appropriately wistful hashtags. But the evident amounts of hard work being done around us (and still left to do) quickly fades the fantasy. On the day we looked in, Creek & Gully still had a ways to go.

Young owners Kaleigh Jorgensen and Annelisa Simonsen (together with family members Peter, Cyndie, Anders and Kevin) have built their brand new cidery and tasting room next to the Simonsen home, which has been there for five generations (surrounded by 12 acres planted with fruit). They officially opened their doors just a few minutes ago, selling unfiltered and naturally fermented bottle- and barrel-aged cider from 11am to 5pm, Thursday through Monday. They’ve starting production with 750 ml bottles of their ‘Pét-Nat’, a barrel-ferment combo of Braeburn, Pink Lady, Granny Smith, Jonagold, and Gala apples that weighs in at a nice and easy 7% ABV. Take a look…

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