Hand Picked Organic Gewurztraminer BC’s Naramata Bench

Hand Picked Organic Gewurztraminer – It is Happening Right Now

20160914_080702Blair, Nathan and our friend Dave, are hard at work at Kozier Organic Vineyard picking by hand 4000 pounds of Organic Gewurztraminer for our next tank run. We are taking Do It Yourself wine making to a whole new level at the Wine Works. Once the grapes are picked, the boys are taking the grapes next door to Three Sisters Winery for crushing, de-stemming and pressing. They will be hightailing it back to Nanaimo with their cargo. Three Sisters has harvested and produced wines from Kozier vineyards. A quick search of their organic wine prices online will give you an idea of the going price in BC. We are so pleased to be able to finally say ‘YES, we have that’  to our customers who are looking for organic wines.

Because you will be actively participating in the production and packaging of this wine, your wine will not be taxed to the same extent as commercial products. We will be getting this wine underway shortly. Drop in and give the juice a try if you are interested, it will be chilling out in our stainless steel, temperature controlled fermentation tank for a few days still. Join the tank launch party where you’ll learn about yeast and how to initiate a healthy fermentation. Drop in and check on your wine’s progress throughout the following months. When we are nearing completion, we need your input to help us with the final stages of this fine wine. Bottling parties are lots of fun, you’ll get to jump in on the assembly line and work with true winery equipment to fill and package your wine. A very social time is had by all.

We anticipate this wine will be priced at $12 per bottle. We are only producing 100 cases and they are selling really, really fast. If you want in, please contact us as soon as possible.

Below are a few shots of the harvest at Kozier Organic Vineyard. It was the first time out in the vineyards for Nathan and Dave and they had a pretty great time. The grapes have to be picked very gently and it is finicky and sticky work. As the totes were filled, Blair would drive them over to the press pad. The grapes were then loaded into the hopper and fed into the crusher and de-stemmer. From there, the crushed grapes are pumped over to the press. After pressing, the juice gets pumped over to our waiting transport vessel. When the tote was full to rim, the boys, rather tired by this point, headed for the ferry.

If you are in the vicinity of the Wine Works, Thursday, Sept 15th, we will be pumping over into the tank. Drop in and see what’s going on! This is a rare opportunity to see real wine making from start to finish. A true before and after experience, join us at the Wine Works in Nanaimo and release your inner wine maker!


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From the banks of the Similkameen River, we bring you Lady Hawk Riesling

WineWorks Nanaimo

For a very long time, we have wanted to offer a locally grown wine, and it is not as easy as it may sound. After scouring BC’s Okanagan Valley we found a vineyard to work with. Lady Hawk Vineyard is located just outside of the quaint town of Keremeos. Lady Hawk has supplied Lang Vineyards and other notable Okanagan wineries and we are pretty excited to add the Wine Works to the list (we’re playing with the big boys now!)
In October, Blair and Fiona had the pleasure of picking just under two tonnes of deliciously ripe Riesling, a job that is far less glamorous than it sounds. It is hard and sticky work. We brought the grapes back to Nanaimo, pressed them and placed them into cold storage, as our tanks were full of Rosé and Pinot Gris.

Well, it is time to fill those tanks up again. If you are interested in a case or two of Lady Hawk Riesling, please contact us and we will secure your spot on the list. We only have 30 cases left so please, do not wait too long if you are interested.
Please tell your friends who have shown interest in your tank wines. We are looking to expand this program so that we can offer you more great wines, more often. Thank you!

WineWorks Nanaimo

WineWorks Nanaimo

Release your inner winemaker

The Wine Works invites you to participate fully in the winemaking process from beginning to end. Learn about wine yeasts, nutrients, acid balancing and the importance of temperature controlled fermentation. Be a part of the tasting panel when the wine is nearing completion. Join the bottling line when the wine is finished. During our last bottling party, we bottled 1200 bottles in just under 2 hours and we had a lot of fun in the process.

Reserve your Case Now