Found on the lovely benchlands of the South Kelowna Wine Trail, the Priest Creek Family Estate Winery is a family vineyard surrounded by an outstanding panoramic view of British Columbia’s impressive mountains and the winery’s beautiful vineyards. Dedicated to premium wines, the establishment was purchased by Darren and Jane Sawin in 2015. The couple had a burning desire to ensure their farming roots were shared with their children, and carefully put their vision together over several years, learning everything necessary about the business through a hands-on approach. The couple had a dual goal: crafting great wines and creating unforgettable family memories.
Originally from Saskatchewan, where farming methods vary greatly, the Sawins learned about viticulture as it relates to British Columbia, and made their unofficial motto, “great wine begins with the soil and vines where the grapes are grown.” Priest Creek Vineyard is home to Gewurztraminer grape vines that are three decades old, which allowed the Sawins to develop their three variations of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. The Sawin’s winemaker, Jason Parkes, was key to Priest Creek Winery’s success, and Parkes is now a family friend as well as a colleague. Darren enrolled in courses at Washington State University and combined his education with the techniques learned from members of Jason’s team.
Among all Kelowna Wineries, the Priest Creek Family Estate Winery has a special distinction: its grand opening was April, 2020. The Sawins were determined to open safely, and in spite of all odds, give patrons somewhere to go, as well as a chance to support a local business during one of the most challenging times in history!
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- Picnic area, Food truck on Fridays during the summer.
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Address: 2555 Saucier Road Kelowna, BC V1W 4B7
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