There is a lot happening at Summerhill Wine Shop! We see hundreds of people daily during peak times in the summer, it really is an atmosphere unlike any other. Summerhill Wine Shop is open daily (10am-7pm) for wine tastings and will remain open year-round although our hours will shorten in the off-season (11am-5pm).
Public tour will run daily throughout the summer at 2:00PM (May – October). Off-season tours always available upon request and may be modified due to weather and harvest.
Ezra Cipes: CEO
Eric von Krosigk: winemaker/viticulturist
Jeremy Luypen: winery chef
Gabe Cipes: biodynamics/permaculture
Stephen Cipes: founder/proprietor
Summerhill Pyramid Winery is a pioneering Okanagan Valley winery established in 1991. Owned and operated by the Cipes family, the winery has been a leader in organics, converting their own vineyard holdings to organic status shortly after the property was acquired in 1986, and helping to convert over 200 acres of Okanagan vineyards to certified organic status since then. The home vineyard in Kelowna is, as of 2012, BC’s first Demeter certified biodyamic vineyard. Summerhill considers their plots to be ‘vineyard ecosystems’ rather than viewing them as industrial farms. The philosophy of winemaking is that organic and biodynamic grapes, grown in harmony with the ecosystem, is the starting point for authentic, expressive, terroir driven wines. The portfolio of Summerhill wines has earned Summerhill the title of ‘Canadian Wine Producer of the Year’ from the IWSC in London, England (2009).
Summerhill has also been at the forefront of sparkling wine production in the Okanagan. The winery was founded with the production of Cipes Brut, a traditional method cuvee based on Riesling and Chardonnay, and has gone on to garner international acclaim for sparkling wines, including a gold medal from France (Chardonnay du Monde, 2000) and a trophy from England (IWSC, 2010), both for the estate grown Cipes Gabriel Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine.
Chef Jeremy Luypen is well known as a celebrated Okanagan culinary leader and teacher, passionate about the unique culinary culture of the region and about training the next generation of Chefs. With extensive experience working with local, seasonal ingredients, he is excited to be helping Summerhill Pyramid Bistro with its dedication and love for organic agriculture and wine production.
Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna is famous for its organic and biodynamic wine. It comes as no surprise that their very own Summerhill Pyramid Bistro is known throughout the community for its farm to table dishes, with a focus on an incredibly popular vegan lifestyle. The property has its own organic garden and nature preserves that supplies the kitchen with many seasonal ingredients served alongside organic, sustainable and ethically sourced meats and seafood. Chef Luypen, with collaboration from vegan Sous Chef, Alex Alexander, are creating exciting, delicious plates that reflect the season and suit all dietary needs. Situated only fifteen minutes from downtown Kelowna, and offering a fabulous B&B on the vineyard, the 30 km panoramic view of the lake, mountains and vineyards await you in the Summerhill Pyramid Bistro dining room and patio; truly some of the most spectacular views in the Okanagan.