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Painted Rock Estate Winery

400 Smythe Drive, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 8W6, Canada
Region: Okanagan (250) 493-6809 http://www.paintedrock.ca
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  • Year Established:
    2004
  • Winery Contact:
    Jill Penner
  • Winemaker:
    Bordeaux Consultant, Alain Sutre

About our winery:

Painted Rock is more than a winery; it is an extension of a family. The Skinner's dream of having their own vineyard was born after spending time exploring wineries in the South of France with their family.Painted Rock embraces the traditions of the old world and the imagination of the new world. Set in the Okanagan Wine Country of British Columbia, Canada, Painted Rock has arrived at an opportune moment in time. The Skinner's knew that the Okanagan was starting to gain international interest, and they recognized it's potential to produce serious wines. The Okanagan's combination of hot, dry summers, cool mountain air, and unique microclimates makes this a spectacular place to produce wine.Painted Rock sits on a spectacular bench overlooking the eastern shore of Skaha Lake in Penticton, B.C. This 60-acre property has a unique microclimate that is particularly suited to the production of premium wines. Since the early 1900's, this orchard harvested apricots until the orchard was felled due to a gypsy moth infestation in the late 1980's. The property, known locally as “The Blackhawk”, laid fallow while under the ownership of another winery until John Skinner and his family acquired and contoured it in 2004, and then began planting in 2005. This family-owned estate winery aspires toward a single vision of excellence that maintains the integrity of the wine and never homogenizes the brand.


Three things to love about us:

When the Skinner's and their team first began assessing the property, they noticed the unique air movement on the site. Because the land lay fallow for 17 years before being acquired by Painted Rock, they were able to contour the entire property, promoting the air movement and ensuring that there were no undulations in the landscape or inconsistencies in the soil. To fully exploit the site's potential, the Skinner's brought in renowned viticulturalists and wine consultants from California and France who helped devise the planting strategy. Recognizing the success of Bordeaux varietals, they prepared the soil for the finest vinifera from Bordeaux. Along with the primary red components of the classic Bordeaux blends, they included a small planting of Malbec and Petite Verdot to provide spice for their blend and to broaden their blending options. They also planted a single block of Chardonnay.The primary influence on the Painted Rock grapes is the cool air that flows down from the mountains. This wind ensures that nothing sits still, creating an active site that reduces rot and infestation in the vineyard. The cool mountain air then collides with the lake, making for warm days and cool nights, a perfect recipe for ripening grapes and retaining bright acidity. The amphitheatre of rock cushions the land, creating another formidable site influence that encourages heat retention. With the sun bouncing off the lake, Painted Rock reaps the benefits of being on a sloped hill so close to the lake.


What makes us unique:

Great wines reflect the quality of the land, the climate and the people that bring everything to fruition. Working with some of the world's top winemakers, Painted Rock is quickly achieving a cult status within B.C.'s wine community. It is through collaboration that Painted Rock is stepping out from the crowds. Working with a diverse and skilled team, Painted Rock encourages each individual involved to add their own experience to the collective. The Okanagan has been producing good wines, and now there is an opportunity to produce great wines. Painted Rock is extremely optimistic about the potential for the Okanagan and particularly optimistic about their role in this exciting winemaking community. John and Trish Skinner are not only making wines for their family and friends to enjoy, they are intent on making iconic wines that will be savoured for generations to come.


Our awards:

Building A LEGACY... #1 BRITISH COLUMBIA WINERY, 2011 Wine Access Canadian Wine Awards“It’s difficult to say whether Painted Rock’s rise to fame is karma or just plain hard work, either way, this young winery is coming of age.” Anthony Gismondi, Wine Access December 2011SILVER MEDAL, 2009 red icon, 2012 decanter world wine awards“Painted Rock, a new super-premium-wine star in British Columbia.” Beppi Crosariol, Glove & Mail Wine and Spirits ColumnistTWO LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR’S AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN BC WINE in 2010 and 2012“This is a staggeringly self-assured debut range of wines” Matthew Jukes of Quintessentially Wine, Prominent UK Wine Expert SILVER MEDAL 2009 SYRAH, 2012 SYRAH DU MONDE“I haven’t seen a winery achieve cult status this quickly since Black Hills & Burrowing Owl. The word is getting out fast.” John Schreiner, Canada's most prolific author of books on wine “BEST RICH RED”, 7TH & 8th ANNUAL VANCOUVER MAGAZINE INTERNATIONAL WINE AWARDS “I can't believe this is your first vintage... you've made a serious investment in quality.” Natalie MacLean, Wine Writer, Speaker and JudgeBC WINERY OF THE YEAR 2013/2014 InterVin International Wine Awards


  Days and hours open

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  • Casual
  • Large & Robust
  • Good For Groups
  • Hidden Gem
  • Has A View
  • Family Run
  • Modern
  • Sophisticated
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Chardonnay
  • Malbec
  • Petit Verdot
  • Merlot
  • Rose
  • Syrah
  • Blends
  • Barrel Sampling
  • Outdoor Area
  • Private Tasting
  • Ability to Purchase Wine
  • WiFi
  • Limo Friendly
  • Wine Education Classes
  • Wedding Services
  • Tours
  • Event Space
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Picnic Sites

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