Penticton's first urban winery begins production

Darren McWatters and Christa-Lee McWatters Bond join their father Harry for his 50th vintage, crushed yesterday at the new winery on Martin Street in Penticton.
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PENTICTON - Operations at Penticton’s first urban winery are officially underway following a ceremonial event in Penticton yesterday.

TIME Winery officially began its first crush at the site of the new winery in the former Penmar Theatre building yesterday, Aug. 28. The winer is still under construction.

CEO and president of Encore Vineyards, the company behind TIME Winery, Harry McWatters is considered a pioneer in the wine industry, often credited with laying the foundation for the modern wine industry in the Okanagan, according to a media release.

McWatters was instrumental in founding several landmark organizations relating to the Canadian wine industry, including the British Columbia Wine Institute, VQA Canada the B.C. Wine Information Society, the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society and the British Columbia Hospitality Foundation, the release states.

Yesterday’s event marks McWatters’ 50th vintage.

TIME Winery on Martin Street under construction on Aug. 11, 2017.
TIME Winery on Martin Street under construction on Aug. 11, 2017.

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In this old photo submitted by the City of Kelowna, the 1151 Sunset Drive location was added in editing. Other versions show the location veiled in green, as it is still under construction but not complete.
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