Local winemaker gets creative with how he makes his wine

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PENTICTON - Local winemaker Tony Lewis is trying a creative approach to winemaking by mixing his musical and inventing talents into the barrells of wines and translating the results into a fundraiser for orphans in Haiti.

Lewis was inspired by his daughter, who, for her third birthday, wanted to have a music-themed party where all of her friends could bring a pair of pajamas to send to an orphanage in Haiti, where her grandfather volunteered medical care.

The family received 1,000 pairs of pajamas in four hours. The following year, they collected flip flops for her birthday, and received 1,000 pairs of sandals.

Keeping on the family path of helping Haitian orphans, he came up with Orphan Grape. Lewis blends and bottles orphaned grapes from the vineyard and makes them into world-class wines. Part of the process Lewis employs in his wine making involves using sound frequencies to alter the flavour of wine.

He has also repurposed orphaned farm buildings into tiny wineries, or “Tineries.” These micro wineries are where he creates wine with excess grapes and gives a portion of the revenue to the farmers. He also donates $1 from every bottle sold to the orphanage in Haiti.

“Our mission is to inspire another chance, it’s that simple,” said Lewis.

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