Okanagan Aboriginal Winery to Launch First Vintage

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OSOYOOS, B.C. — The Nk’Mip Cellars, the only North American winery owned by an aboriginal tribe in the Okanagan Valley, will soon launch its first wine, reports The Vancouver Sun.

It’s been an exciting time at the winery where Justin Hall, the assistant winemaker, is primed to become a full-fledged winemaker. “My first concern is obviously not to just become a winemaker but to be the first aboriginal winemaker or the first in North America … [to] bring some pride to the Osoyoos Indian Band,” Hall, was quoted as saying in The Vancouver Sun.

The Nk’Mip Cellars is a majority shareholder in a joint venture with Canadian wine producer Vincor.

Interest in the native winery is growing with the sale of 216,000 bottles of wine in 2010 to 79,000 tourists.

Nk’Mip also operates a four-star resort hotel, golf course and cultural centre.

For more on the Nk’Mip Cellars story, visit vancouversun.com.

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