BC’s largest certified organic winery, Demeter certified biodynamic vineyard, and Canada’s foremost producer of sparkling wine.
After moving from New York to Kelowna in 1986, the Cipes family has owned and operated Summerhill Winery since 1991. Ezra Cipes was just 5 years old when his family relocated, has grown up in the industry, and feels blessed to now lead a company dedicated to creating beauty in collaboration with nature. He became COO in 2008 and has been in the role of CEO since 2012. Located in the Lakeshore district of Kelowna, it is Canada’s largest certified organic winery, BC’s first certified biodynamic vineyard, and Canada’s foremost producer of sparkling wine.
The winemaking philosophy is that organic and biodynamic is the royal road to producing exceptionally beautiful, authentic, terroir-based wine. The portfolio of 100% BC wines has earned the winery the title of ‘Canadian Wine Producer of the Year’ at the International Wine & Spirits Competition in London, England, as well as numerous international trophies and medals at the highest levels of competition. Enjoy a large selection of reds, whites, sparkling and even ice wine. They also feature a wine club that silvers your favourites right to your door at a special members-only price.
One of the main staples of Summerhill (other than it’s award-winning wines) is the Pyramid. The Summerhill Pyramid is second only to the Great Pyramid of Egypt for alignment and precision. The Great Pyramid is built with technology we don't have today. It is a solid stone structure with the stones fused together so perfectly that you can't put paper between them. The stones are so large that we do not have the equipment to move them, much less cut and place them as the ancient civilization that built the Great Pyramid did thousands of years ago. It remains the largest man made structure on the planet and it is built to absolute sacred geometry, both pi and phi, and aligned to absolute True North and has no ferrous metals in it so that it does not re-orient to magnetic north.
"The message is profound. We have a twenty year experiment proving the effect of sacred geometry on liquids with a twenty year track record of international gold medals. My goal from the beginning was and is to make the finest wine in the world, especially sparkling wines. The French tradition of putting sparkling wines in a dark cool place for thirty days for the cuvee and dosage to ‘marry’ was my original inspiration to achieve this goal. The wines are made using only minimal intervention winemaking, and grown 100% organically in this extraordinary pristine semi desert valley, and the clarification in this True Pyramid is the final step in production. These are alive wines full of nature’s grandness, made in the most unique winery in the world. I welcome you with my heart, to open your heart to this unique experience."