We pleased to introduce our new Winemaker Andrew Windsor. An experienced bon vivant and global traveller, Andrew brings a unique blend of passion and scientific knowledge to the winery.
Our approach to winemaking has always been collaborative and Sandra Oldfield will continue this tradition by running the winery as CEO & President whilst working together with her successor Andrew and the winemaking team.
Ontario-born Andrew’s first taste of wine was a friend’s parents’ attempt at homemade wine but it didn’t put him off and he went on to take a course in wine whilst studying Environmental Science at the University of Guelph. In his twenties Andrew met Jamie McFarland of The Ice House Winery, who invited him to assist with his ice wine project in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Andrew had a sharp taste of the winemaking world when he was called to start picking grapes at 3am in minus12C.
Heading to warmer climes, Andrew gained a Masters of Oenology at the University of Adelaide in Australia in 2006 and then took on an Assistant Winemaking role at Mollydooker Wines in McLaren Vale, where he lived on the beach and cycled to work through vineyards filled with kangaroos.
Working closely with Viticulturist, Andrew Moon and Assistant Winemaker, Korol Kuklo, Andrew will be overseeing the winemaking process from vines to bottle. He brings with him a wealth of experience having worked in wineries in the Okanagan, Marlborough in New Zealand and the Northern Rhone in France before returning to Canada to work as VQA Winemaker for Andrew Peller Ltd. in Niagara.
Andrew will be continuing our tradition of creating much-loved wines but his fresh approach will bring an exciting new element, whilst helping us continue to progress and move forward into the next 20 years of exceptional winemaking.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of brand marketing specialist Sue Des Lauriers as our new Sales & Marketing Manager. Celebrating our 20th year in 2014, we are now looking ahead to the next two decades and Sue will be an integral part of helping us to drive real innovation in the fast-changing industry of winemaking.
“I am thrilled to be joining such an iconic and dynamic winery as Tinhorn Creek,” says Sue. “Their relentless dedication to crafting the finest product possible is a perfect fit for me as I truly believe British Columbia wines are a gift from our land. This is the team I feel has the people, place and spirit to make local products that create an experience to remember.”
Sue will be overseeing all sales and marketing, including hospitality and our Crush Club, as well as looking after exports and sales throughout Canada. She brings with her a fresh pair of eyes and unique experience, having spent eight years working with wine brands such as Sandhill Small Lots, Calona Vineyards Artist Series and Copper Moon VQA and the last six years working in brand design for consumer and beverage alcohol packaged goods.
Sue holds a Bachelors Degree in Merchandising and an Executive Diploma in Marketing Management. When she worked with Cascadia Brands she specialized in British Columbia Premium VQA wines, which resulted in record sales for VQA wines.
Whilst working as a brand creative at BrandsBC Sue worked with a range of clients from Edible Canada and London Drugs to Horseshoe Bay and Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country.
“Sue’s fresh energy and knowledge of branding is going to be a huge asset to Tinhorn Creek Vineyards,” says Sandra Oldfield, CEO and Winemaker. “We’re looking forward to working with her to take Tinhorn forward into the next successful 20 years.”
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards celebrates their 20th anniversary this year, so come and kick off your shoes and join in the party as they are bringing back some of their favourite bands from past Canadian Concert Series. The much-anticipated annual event is a rare opportunity to see some of Canada’s top musical talent while enjoying award-winning wines and taking in the spectacular views of the South Okanagan Valley.
Tinhorn Creek’s outdoor amphitheatre sits atop the winery’s hillside overlooking the famed Golden Mile, and is a one-of-a-kind venue for dancing the night away under the stars. Kicking off on May 24th, the 2014 Canadian Concert Series features Tinhorn's favourite past performers every month and ends with legendary guitarist and singer-songwriter Colin James for the grand finale performance on September 6th.
The Town Pants are the first blast from the past and they will be starting the Canadian Concert Series with their rollicking Celtic rhythms on May 24th ($25) and the party continues with the funky grooves of The Boom Booms on June 28th ($30). On July 26th Hey Ocean ($40) bring their mellow indie party-pop to the vineyard, followed by the alternative rock music of Odds on August 23rd ($45).
Colin James returns to Tinhorn Creek on September 6th ($75) to celebrate their 20th anniversary, it's a special visit for the singer-songwriter as he helped the vineyards to celebrate their 10th anniversary a decade ago. He brings back his unique blend of musical styles that are the result of a long career that has seen him as rock guitar legend, platinum pop artist, blues baby and swing music band leader.
Perched on the picturesque Tinhorn Creek Vineyards estate on the famed Golden Mile, Miradoro Restaurant will feature BBQ food options including grilled salad on house-made ciabatta, grilled sausages and grilled marinated Portuguese tenderloin prepared by Executive Chef Jeff Van Geest during performances. Tinhorn Creek wines will be available by the glass or bottle. Each event features a pre-concert reception for Crush Club members.
Tickets to the Canadian Concert Series are now on sale and are some of the most sought-after in the South Okanagan and beyond. Seasons tickets are just $115—see the first four concerts in the series for the price of three—and include a complimentary Go Vino stemless plastic wine glass. Tickets for the Grand Finale concert featuring Colin James are $75. All concerts start at 7pm (gates open at 6:30pm).
Shuttles from Osoyoos and Pentiction (return) are available for all concerts. Seating is limited for the shuttles so book early. Purchase
Twenty fourteen is a big year for Tinhorn Creek Vineyards and they want their loyal fans, friends and supporters to be part of the 20th anniversary celebrations. There are plenty of ways to join in the fun, with 20 events happening in 2014 to commemorate the 20 years of Tinhorn Creek Vineyards.
Since harvesting their first grapes in 1994 on the Golden Mile in the Okanagan, the family-owned and operated Tinhorn Creek Vineyards has been a pioneer of carbon-neutral winemaking and has been instrumental in introducing the world to British Columbian wine.
"Our 20th anniversary is a great time to celebrate what we’ve managed to build in an ever-changing BC wine industry," says CEO and Winemaker Sandra Oldfield. "It's a chance to look ahead to where Tinhorn Creek and BC wine lovers are heading. I’m very excited about what the next 20 years will have to offer because I know we’ll be right there helping to shape and strengthen the wines and the wine industry.”
It's the 12 Days of Christmas at Tinhorn Creek! We've put together 12 great offers* for you to choose from. We decided to tell you 11 of them all at once, so you can pick & choose what offers you want to take advantage of. Each offer is valid only on that specific date (unless stated otherwise). We had to have some mystery, so check back on December 13th to find out what the last offer is.
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In September we were nominated for the The Real Estate Foundation of BC's Land Awards for our extensive composting program. Our composting program combines food, grape/filtration and landscape waste as compost that is then used on the vineyards and takes into consideration how composting would effect our neighbours as well as the local wildlife.
Early this month we were excited to learn that we were a finalist in the Private Sector category and this past Friday Sandra Oldfield, CEO/Winemaker, took Cody Isted, our groundskeeper, to the awards ceremony. We may not have taken home the prize, but it was great to meet other like minded people from so different industries and to learn how they are doing their part.
Using photos we sent them, the Real Estate Foundation produced a short video about our composting program.
The Real Estate Foundation of BC - a philanthropic organization that funds projects that advance responsible and informed land use, conservation and real estate practices - also unveiled the finalists for its fourth annual Land Awards Gala. The awards honour companies, non-profits and governments leading innovative land-use projects that contribute to sustainable communities.
Did you Take Us With You this summer? If you did we hope you snapped a couple of photos of how and where you enjoyed a bottle (or 2!) of our wine. Our Take Us With You Photo Contest is now accepting entries until October 10, 2013. Starting October 11 (until October 28) have your friends and family to vote for you photo(s) and you could win a trip for 2 to visit us!
If you didn’t Take Us With You this summer there is still time to do so! Just have your photo submitted by October 10.
There are 3 ways to submit your photos:
• Facebook - http://bit.ly/16cd0Je
• Twitter – use #TakeUsWithYou in your tweet
• Instagram – use #TakeUsWithYou in your description
The Basic Rules:
• All photos must be submitted through one of the above methods
• Each photo may only be submitted one; duplicate photos will be deleted
• You can enter as many photos as you like
• You must be 19 years or older
• Full contest rules & prize details can be found here: http://bit.ly/16cd0Je
The team at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards and their onsite Miradoro Restaurant are today raising a glass to their new Food Primary license. The new license will allow guests to enjoy BC beer and spirits alongside the Tinhorn Creek and other local regional wines currently served at the award-winning restaurant. The first beer that will be featured is from the award-winning Firehall Brewery in Oliver, BC, just 5km from the winery.
Like most wineries in the Okanagan, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards is situated inside the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and is therefore under restrictions that prohibit business activities that are not related to agriculture. The restaurant was allowed to serve wine produced on the vineyard but was restricted when it came to offering more beverage choices to guests.
“We’ve worked with all levels of government, from local to regional and provincial, to make this license possible,” says Sandra Oldfield, Proprietor and Winemaker at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards. “It’s been a great collaborative experience to work with all of the organizations involved to achieve our goal of being able to offer more choice to our guests by showcasing other locally made beverages alongside our fantastic wines.”
Attaining the license has been a cooperative effort and Tinhorn Creek Vineyards would like to thank Allan Patton, Director of the Regional District of the Okanagan Similkameen and his Advisory Planning Committee (APC), the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC), and the BC Liquor Control and Licensing Commission (BCLCLC) for their help in making the license possible and opening the doors for other Okanagan wineries to be able to offer the same choice as Miradoro.
September 30, 2013
We took a couple of days off harvest and will be jumping in again later this week. We have now harvest 30% of our fruit. Most of the whites are fermenting in tanks with just our Chardonnay and a little bit of Viognier and Semillon left to go. This week will hope to be harvesting the Chardonnay and our first reds of the vintage (Pinot Noir and maybe some Merlot).
September 19, 2013
The Pinot Gris is all harvested for this week and today we started bringing in Gewurztraminer. We are hand-picking today and tomorrow at Tinhorn Creek Vineyard on the Golden Mile Bench.
September 16, 2013
We stuck our toe into harvest last week, but this week we are jumping right in. We've have 3 full days of Pinot Gris to start the week and we will finish if off with 2 days of Gewurztraminer.
This photo was taken from the balcony where you can watch the cellar team at work.
September 12, 2013
Today was a beautiful day to start our 20th Harvest at Tinhorn Creek. The sun was shining and there wasn't a cloud in the sky.
At about 7am we started harvesting our Muscat, Chardonnay, and a small amount of Sauvignon Blanc from our Tinhorn Creek Vineyard on the Golden Mile Bench.These 3 varietals are being field blended and will eventually become part of our Oldfield Series 2Bench White. By 10:30 am everything was picked and in the press.
Next week we will start harvesting our Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris.
Stop by anytime (we are open 7 days a week) and check out all the harvest action from our balcony that overlooks the crush pad.