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Hidden Chapel Winery
We are a small, boutique winery. We believe great wine is an expression of the area it comes from…it’s grown, not made. A combination of soil, sun, vine & man, our wine begins with its roots deep within the sandy loam of the northern tip of the Great-Basin Desert. It is then ripened by the hot Okanagan sun and finally aged in our unique underground cellar, which is overlooked by the Hidden Chapel. Come visit our cheery tasting room, view the underground cellar & experience the Hidden Chapel nestled in the pines surrounded by beautiful gardens. We believe our wines are blessed by the Hidden Chapel…tasting is believing!
The story began in 2005 when the property was purchased. It’s attributes included a gorgeous setting overlooking neighbouring vineyards, beautiful gardens & a little chapel nestled amongst the pine trees at the back of the property. The vineyard of cabernet sauvignon grapes was planted in spring 2006. Over the next few years, the 1000 square foot cellar mimicking the European stone underground caves for aging wine in a natural environment, & the winery building housing the manufacturing area & future tasting room were constructed. In 2009 we obtained our official wine license to produce wine and the fun began. Over a few glasses of wine, we came up with the name of Hidden Chapel Winery. In 2011, the wine shop was finished in a quaint, cozy style featuring some antique stained glass panels taken from an old building in downtown Vancouver. The tasting bar was constructed from reclaimed ornately carved wooden columns and a bar top made from a solid timber beam found behind an old barn and re-finished was constructed. Our wines were finally offered to the public!
Nestled in the pines & spruce trees at the back of our property in the midst of many gardens, the fairy-like, made to scale miniature chapel was built by the former owner’s son-in-law. An attraction in itself, people come to see the little white chapel hidden in the trees. The interior lined with cedar, has small pews, an alter & stained glass like windows. A perfect spot to meditate, ponder life or just feel the natural spirit of this glorious property, the chapel is open during regular winery hours. Interesting views of the chapel change with each new season. Visitors are welcome to take photos and wander through the grounds.
Hidden Chapel’s vineyard is in its prime. With the South Okanagan’s superior growing conditions, planted in 2006, our estate grown cabernet sauvignon vines are producing exceptional fruit resulting in full bodied wines bursting with flavour. Pruning, thinning, tucking, leaf pruning & harvest are all done by hand. Sustainable vineyard culture includes conservation of our precious water with a drip irrigation system & control of the noxious weeds including the invasive puncture vine done by hand. In addition to grapes produced in our vineyards, we bring in grapes from other neighbouring growers making our wines truly “grown in the Okanagan”!