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Two pioneering South Okanagan wine families join forces

Burrowing Owl Vineyard founders Jim and Midge Wyse.
Burrowing Owl Vineyard founders Jim and Midge Wyse.

Two pioneering wine families in the South Okanagan are joining forces.

Burrowing Owl Vineyards in Oliver announced the purchase of Wild Goose Vineyards in Okanagan Falls yesterday, July 14.

Both of wineries are family owned and operated. The Wyse family of Burrowing Owl Vineyards and the Kruger family of Wild Goose Vineyards have been working together over many years to hep build the thriving Okanagan wine industry.

“We are very excited about this acquisition,” said Chris Wyse, president of Burrowing Owl Vineyards Ltd. and son of Burrowing Owl’s founder and proprietor Jim Wyse, in a press release.

“We have been looking at various opportunities to grow our business over the past few years, and we feel that Wild Goose is a perfect fit for us. We appreciate the family heritage and history of Wild Goose, as well as the excellent quality of the vineyards and products, and the strength of reputation and brand that the Kruger family has built since 1984.”

The Kruger family will continue to be involved in the winery with oversight from Wild Goose founder, Adolf Kruger’s youngest son Roland Kruger and Roland’s nephews winemaker Nikolas Kruger and vineyard supervisor Alex Kruger.

The combination of knowledge between these to successful vineyards and wineries promises to be epic, as will the wine portfolio. The addition of Wild Goose’s range of award-winning wines to Burrowing Owl’s top tier wines will be an exciting result of the acquisition.

“Our team of long-time staff are really looking forward to becoming part of the larger Burrowing Owl team,” Roland Kruger stated in the release. “They can’t wait to get started working collaboratively in the vineyard, in the cellars and in hospitality. It’s been great to see the team’s reaction to, and excitement for, this transaction.”

For more about Wild Goose Vineyards go here.

For more about Burrowing Owl Vineyards go here.

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