Since the 1970s, Sarwan Gidda dreamt of growing grapes with which to make world-class wines. Mehtab Gidda, Sarwan’s father, left Punjab, India in 1958, to come to Canada with almost no money or resources. However, Mehtab had a significant amount of farming knowledge that, interestingly, came from years of mango tree farming. In 1978, Mehtab and his wife, inspired by their son Sarwan’s enthusiasm for wine vineyards, began growing grapes and eventually sold their produce to renowned wine manufacturers, such as Summerhill and Gray Monk.
In May 2010, Sarwan’s children, Christina, Bobby, and Amit, established the Volcanic Hills Estate Winery. The name was inspired by the 60 million-year-old dormant volcano that once inhabited this part of the Boucherie Mountain, where the winery now stands. Surrounded by an incomparable beauty, with panoramic views of nearby mountains, valleys, and, of course, Lake Okanagan, patrons never fail to be impressed by the picturesque scenery. The winery also features a comfortable and cozy outdoor patio.
Christina, Bobby, and Amit began what they call a “going-green initiative” in 2012, and have made significant changes to the winery since then. For example, geothermal technology is used to cool and heat the buildings, and a wastewater treatment plant was installed to filter incoming water, removing heavy metals. The water is then used for vineyard irrigation. Additionally, the winery and restaurant keep special containers where plant materials are gathered and eventually composted to the vineyards. Cardboard, paper, and plastic in all forms are also recycled, making this vineyard one of Canada’s ‘greenest.’ The hospitality extended by the Gidda family and their commitment to planet earth make this establishment a favourite amongst West Kelowna Wineries.
Please enquire about tasting fees here.
Yes, in the picnic area.
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Address: 2845 Boucherie Road, West Kelowna
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