Garagiste North Wine Festival returns to Kelowna

Event organizers Jennifer Schell & Terry Meyer Stone.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Jon Adrian

Get ready to rock your palates! Sunday, Aug. 18 at Sperling Vineyards in Kelowna the Fifth Annual Garagiste North: The Small Producers Wine Festival returns. This exciting event gathers some of B.C.’s biggest wine stars, that also happen to be some of the smallest wine producers, making under 2,000 cases per year.

Alysha Harker pours wine into a Riedel Crystal decanter for guests to taste at Garagiste North Wine Festival.
Alysha Harker pours wine into a Riedel Crystal decanter for guests to taste at Garagiste North Wine Festival.

The event offers wine lovers an exclusive opportunity to taste these sought after, award winning wines in ONE place and have the chance to speak directly to the winemakers and proprietors. The pop-up wine shop allows tasters to purchase their favorites after doing the rounds! Event organizers also promise other unique shopping on site and delicious food for purchase, as usual.

Get your tickets soon and don’t miss out on the coolest wine festival ever.

Guests will also receive a beautiful Riedel Crystal wine tasting glass to use at the tasting and take home with them.

The line up of some of the Garagiste wines for sale at the pop up wine shop.
The line up of some of the Garagiste wines for sale at the pop up wine shop.

GARAGISTE – (gar-uh-jist-uh) noun, Fr.: The term garagistes refers to a group of winemakers in the Bordeaux region of France in the mid-1990’s that were producing "Vins de garage" or "Garage wine". They were renegade small-lot winemakers, sometimes working in their garage, who refused to follow industry laws and protocol. Characterized as "winemaker's wine whose attributes reflect a disregard for the traditional handling of its particular terroir”. Their movement went on to achieve cult status with their wines achieving greatness on the world wine stage.
Synonyms: Rebels, pioneers, renegades, individualists, and mavericks, driven by passion.

The inaugural Garagiste North Small Producers Wine Festival was held in 2014 in Okanagan Falls sold out and immediately received critical acclaim. The BC Garagistes are an eclectic blend of passion and experience, new and old, the cult and the boutique, the virtual and custom crush.

This is an evolutionary and revolutionary festival and it was the first of its kind in Canada. No two festivals will be exactly alike as new wineries continue to pop up and join the industry and  those who grow past the 2000 case qualifying limit becoming ‘Garagiste Graduates’ with many manifesting their dream of a vineyard/or winery.

Vive les Garagistes!


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