LONDON, England — Summerhill Pyramid Winery of Kelowna, B.C. was named Canadian Wine Producer of the Year, at the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) in London, England, for its portfolio of organic wines.
The prestigious competition honours the best wines, spirits, and liqueurs from around the world and is organized and judged by some of the most influential wine experts in the industry. It is also one of the biggest competitions in the wine industry; the IWSC received more than 7,000 entries from more than 80 countries. Overall, Summerhill submitted five wines into the IWSC, receiving medals for each, including two Best in Class awards.
Stephen Cipes, proprietor of Summerhill, credits his staff — led by celebrated winemaker Eric von Krosigk — the pristine grape-growing conditions of the Okanagan Valley, the four-storey pyramid wine cellar and the certified organic practices followed by the winery, as the key to success.
According to company COO Ezra Cipes, Summerhill is the largest certified-organic winery in Canada. “More and more wine consumers are recognizing the benefits of organics in our bodies and for the planet. Organic wine is the fastest-growing segment of the wine industry worldwide, and this triumphant win declares that Summerhill wines are both organic and of gold-medal quality — a rare and wonderful combination.”