TORONTO — Anthony von Mandl, the winemaker who has helped put the Okanagan on the international wine map, has been inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame. Von Mandl is the brains behind B.C.’s Mission Hill Family Estate winery, which has won a slew of awards over the years.
The announcement was made last week in Toronto, while the induction ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Canadian Western Agribition, on Sunday, Nov. 22 at the Hotel Saskatchewan Radisson in Regina, the first time the award ceremony will be held in Western Canada.
Von Mandl is being honoured for creating a world-class destination winery and raising international awareness for agritourism in B.C. Mandl Family (VMF) Estates now includes Mission Hill Family Estate, CedarCreek Estate Winery, Martin’s Lane Winery, and the soon-to-be-released CheckMate Artisanal Winery on the “Golden Mile” south of Oliver, B.C.
“Canadian agriculture is rooted in a rich history that set the foundation for the innovation that continues to drive our sector,” said president Herb McLane, Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Association. “The five inductees for 2015 represent the full spectrum of our industry. They reflect the vast geography of the country and the diverse disciplines that have collectively contributed to the past, present and future of Canadian agriculture.”
The Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Association (CAHFA) honours and celebrates Canadians for outstanding contributions to the agriculture and food industry. Portraits are on display in the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Gallery located at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The CAHFA also publicizes the importance of inductee achievements to Canada. The Association was organized in 1960 and is administered by 12 volunteer Board of Directors located across Canada.