Wine in reusable growlers? An Okanagan winery is making it happen

A growler of wine from Niche Wine Company in Kelowna.
A growler of wine from Niche Wine Company in Kelowna.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Niche Wine Company

Wine will be joining cider and beer as one of the adult beverages that can be sipped out of growlers as a Kelowna winery plans to provide the service.

Niche Wine Company, which calls itself a small-batch winery, said in a media release that as of Aug. 1 growlers can be filled in sizes of 500 millilitres and one litre, and this new service is part of their sustainability and community-building effort.

“The idea to refill containers of wine isn't new,” proprietor Joanna Schlosser said in the release. “Italy and France have been dispensing wine into reusable containers for centuries, and we could not be more excited about making it happen here in the Okanagan Valley."

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The winery says until recently, growlers could only be filled with beer and cider.

“Using a refillable bottle means we can reduce our carbon footprint, cut our packaging costs and in turn pass on those savings,” Schlosser said.

The program allows drinkers to explore new wines without committing to an entire bottle.

“From both and sustainable and community perspective, the benefits are obvious,” winemaker James Schlosser said in the release. “This is also a tremendous opportunity for the local community to explore unique, one-barrel batches of wine at various stages of their life-cycle.”

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