“Shaped by nature to create wines that are pure Okanagan”
The journey began in 2006 when Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie planted a 10-acre site in Summerland with Pinot Gris and named it Switchback Vineyard. Three years later, after a lot of trial and labour, a tiny crop capable of making 168 cases was harvested. Curiosity won over practicality when Haywire wines were launched, and there was no turning back. In 2010 consulting Tuscan winemaker Alberto Antonini arrived and the following year, his colleague Pedro Parra, from Chile joined him.
Today, their venture includes Okanagan Crush Pad, a state-of-the-art 40,000 case winery, 320-acres of vineyard and farmland, and a focus on creating natural wines exclusively from organic grapes. Winemaking is in the capable hands of New Zealand native Matt Dumayne who works with winemaker, Alberto Antonini. The entire team is committed to farming wines that are lively and elegant and let the natural beauty of the Okanagan Valley shine through.
Haywire Winery offers pure, lively, wines that reflect the unique cool climate terroir of the Canada’s Okanagan Valley. The portfolio includes pinot gris, chardonnay, pinot noir, gamay and traditional method sparkling wine. With home vineyards Switchback and Garnet Valley Ranch now organic certified Haywire has become recognized as making some of the most game-changing wines from the region.
We invite you to enjoy the Okanagan’s most unique winery experience. Set into the heart of our wine making facility, the tasting bar and patio offer an unparalleled insight into the art and science of wine making. Learn how they marry original wine making techniques with modern knowledge to craft wines which are vibrant, fresh – and, above all, true to their Okanagan vineyard terroirs when you visit!