The history of the Huber family
The rich tradition of wine making is continued by the Huber family, whose heritage can be dated back as early as 1167 were the family was already perfecting the art of growing grapes in Austria. As a child Walter had already been fascinated by the rich history of his family and felt a kinship to the wine industry.
Hainle Vineyards Estate Winery holds a special place in the wine history of Canada as well. Hainle Vineyards Estate Winery became BC’s 8th Estate winery in 1972, Not only was it Canada’s first certified organic winery in 1988, but it is also the birthplace of Icewine in North America.
In 1972, the owner of the winery, Walter Hainle, had developed a reputation and secured a special place in the wine history books of Canada. By a stroke of genius he turned a disaster into a lucrative miracle. Rather than allow an early frost to obliterate an entire year of grape production. Hainle had recalled his own Germanic tradition of turning frozen grapes into delicious dessert wines.
Despite the icy cold harvesting conditions, he carefully collected the frozen grapes that yielded the sweet nectar essential to the production of Peachland’s first 40 litres of Icewine. Of course Hainle had no plans to market this nectar of the gods; he was simply trying to salvage his crop and planned to utilize the Icewine for his own personal enjoyment. Who in Peachland let alone Canada was familiar with Icewine and would purchase it?
But as he sipped on the amber liquid his mind swirled with new ideas. Icewine was a perfect wine for the cold Canadian climate, and a perfect product to market in Canada. Finally in 1978 Walter Hainle released his first 178 bottles of comercial ice wine in Canda and became North Americas 1st icewine producer. It is estimated that a bottle of this now rare nectar could bring as much as 1.5 million pounds at the London wine auction. The winery still owns 2 original labeled bottles which are stored in a clima controlled bank save near by the winery.
Also see History of Icewines,
After Walter Hainle’s passing his Family kept the winery running for a short time before it was sold to the Huber family. Walter Huber was more than eager to take over the reins of the winery realizing he could bring it to its full potential as an award winning winery.
In 1991 the Huber’s had purchased their first Vine Yard in Peachland and by 2002 Walter was proud to take on the responsibility of expanding Hainle Winery to their current level of North American success.
Deep Creek Wine Estate was now marketing most of the wines with the new Deep Creek Wine Estate label, named after their first Vine Yard
The Huber’s decided to market most of the wines under the Deep Creek label , while keeping the Hainle name for the Icewine.
A young local winemaker, Jason Parkes, joined the Huber family in 2002 and soon Deep Creek Wine Estate began winning medals and awards, not just for their Icewine but for their other wines as well especially the Zweigelt varietal marketed under the trendy and popular “Z” label.
Success continues. Demand for Deep Creek Wines now outstrips production. In 2006 we sold over 6.000 cases of wine.
As of 2007 the winery took one more step towards exclusivity. Walter Huber decided to retire from sales and continnue making the wine himself according to his old family tradition. For the first time we will offer next to our awardwinning wines, exlusive vintage wines which can only be tasted by appointment and bought at the winery or by private invitation direct.
In November of 2010 the fist vintage made by Walter, the 2007 Pinot Noir Estate was named best 25 International wines at the International wine show in Whistler. A year later the 2007 Pinot Noir Estate Reserve won 99 Points in France. In November of 2011 the winery was rated on the international market in the top 1% by Vivino wines.
The Hainle labels become Canada’s first wine labels stating a specific Appellation from which wine region and vineyards the grapes come from.
Hainle Vineyards Estate Winery is now producing two tears of products. Hainle Vineyard Estate Winer and Deep Creek Wine Estate.
2013 Hainle Vineyard Estate winery is named “Best Rated Winery in Canada” by vivino the third consecutive year in a row and becomes one of Canada’s best cult-wineries.
Hainle and Deep Creek Estate wines can be found at the winery itself and in a few speciallity wine shops and high end restaurants throughout British Columbia Alberta, Asia and Europe. Apart from the renowned Icewine; look also for our delicious Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Zweigelt.
Drop by and sample the wines of Hainle Vineyards Estate Winery and Deep Creek Estate Wine Estate in the newly renovated and attractively decorated tasting room on Trepanier Bench Road in Peachland. Visitors are welcome year round.
Or call us to reserve a case of your favourite handcrafted wine.
Our Local telephone number is 250-767-2525 or
Our Cell phone number: 250-212-5944