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Winemaker Graham Pierce joins Kitsch Winery as they expand vineyards

Winemaker Graham Pierce joins Kitsch Wines.
Winemaker Graham Pierce joins Kitsch Wines.

If you have driven through East Kelowna’s agriculture hub lately, you are in for a surprise. There are new vineyards in the works adding an awesome wine vibe to this traditionally orchard rich region.

Southeast Kelowna is quickly becoming renowned as a micro wine region producing top quality wines with their own unique characteristics. Vineyards like The View and Tantalus have long been growing fantastic grapes and making wine and were joined by Spearhead, Camelot and Nagging Doubt.

Newest to the SE Kelowna hood is Kitsch Wines. Set right on East Kelowna Road and tucked in between orchards, the Kitsch family of Kitsch Wines is expanding and are in the process of planting vineyards. Plans are also to build a new winery and tasting room on that property.

Kitsch Wines is planting more vineyards on East Kelowna Road.
Kitsch Wines is planting more vineyards on East Kelowna Road.

Further big news for Kitsch has been their hire of superstar Okanagan winemaker Graham Pierce. Graham’s resume includes the legendary Black Hills Winery in Oliver and more recently carrying on the tradition of Harry McWatters at TIME Winery in Penticton. 

“I was so lucky to get to work with him,” Pierce said. At Kitsch he begins a new chapter in a new wine region, and he couldn’t be happier. The new vineyards are Pinot-focussed and Graham can’t wait to start building wines with the five different clones being planted.

Post Covid, the winery’s tasting room behind the gorgeous family mansion is up and running. The team here has made all of the necessary safety precautions in place and are focussing on expanding the tasting options outdoors and have set up an online reservation system to control crowding.

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