Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

Food Service: 
Food Service Info: 
The Sonora Room; open for lunch and dinner
Guest House Info: 
Guest house with 10 rooms, 2-bedroom penthouse
Established Date (text): 
Jim and Midge Wyser
Vineyard Size (Text): 
58.7 hectares
Bertus Albertyn, Scott Stefishen
Last Productions: 
30,000 cases
Winery, online, select wine stores and restaurants, through agencies
Canadian Wine Award Winner: 
IVWA Winner: 
Award Results: 
<p> At 2009 Canadian Wine Awards: Gold: 2007 Cabernet Franc Silver: 2008 Pinot Gris, 2007 Merlot; 2006 <span data-scayt_word="Meritage" data-scaytid="4">Meritage</span>; 2007 Syrah Bronze: 2007 Chardonnay; 2008 Pinot Noir</p>
<p> Named for an endangered owl, Burrowing Owl is driven by the strongly held environmental values of founders Jim and Midge <span data-scayt_word="Wyse" data-scaytid="1">Wyse</span>. (Their son, Chris, is now the winery&#39;s president and Chris&#39;s sister, Kerri <span data-scayt_word="McNolty" data-scaytid="2">McNolty</span>, handles marketing and media.) Sustainable farming is practiced here, from returning skins and stems to the soil as compost to extensive drip irrigation, preserving the Okanagan&#39;s scarce water. In 2007, it was the first winery in Canada to start using a high-tech Italian sprayer designed to recapture liquid that does not end up on the vines, meaning a recovery of half the total spray that is normally wasted. The barrel cellar, buried under 16 feet of earth, is naturally cooled. Every visitor to Burrowing Owl is involved in the winery&#39;s environmentalism, as the modest tasting fee is applied to wildlife recovery programs. The winemaking is as commendable as the green ethic. The red wines are bold and fleshy. The barrel-fermented chardonnay and the tank-fermented pinot <span data-scayt_word="gris" data-scaytid="3">gris</span> are defining Okanagan examples of these varietals.</p>