Hainle Vineyards Estate Winery became BC’s 8th estate winery in 1972, is the birthplace of North American Icewine and became Canada’s first certified organic winery in 1988. The Hainle legacy is built on Walter Hainle’s renowned winemaking expertise and his stroke of genius that resulted in the first production of icewine in North America. In an attempt to salvage grapes from an early frost that threatened to obliterate an entire year of production, Walter Hainle produced the first 40 litres of icewine. Hainle recalled his own Germanic tradition of turning frozen grapes into delicious dessert wines and proceeded to carefully collect the frozen grapes that yielded the first 178 bottles of commercial wine in North America. Today, it is estimated that a bottle of 1978 Hainle Icewine is worth as much as 1.5 million pounds at the London wine auction. The winery still owns 2 original labeled bottles, stored in climate controlled conditions. Shortly after Walter Hainle’s passing, the Hainle family sold Hainle Vineyards Estate Winery to Walter Huber and the Huber family in 2002.
The Huber family has a long and rich tradition of winemaking, which dates back as early as 1167, in Austria. With over 850 years of excellence, the Huber family has perfected the art of growing grapes and winemaking. Walter Huber was more than eager to take over the reins of the winery and bring it to its full potential as an award-winning winery with the assistance of young local winemaker, Jason Parkes. At the time when Walter Huber purchased Hainle Vineyards Estate Winery, Deep Creek Wine Estate was marketing a majority of the wines with the new Deep Creek Wine Estate label, which is named after their first vineyard. The Huber’s decided to market most of the wines under the Deep Creek label, while keeping the Hainle name for the icewine. Since 2002, The Hainle label has become Canada’s first wine label toting a specific Appellation from which wine region and vineyards the grapes come from. Furthermore, Deep Creek Wine Estate has established a reputation for producing high-quality, award-winning wines, including the Hainle Icewine and the popular “Z” label, Zweigelt varietal.
In 2006, Hainle Vineyards Estate Winery sold over 6.000 cases of wine. In 2007, Walter Huber retired from sales to focus on winemaking practices in accordance to his old family traditions. In November of 2010, the 2007 Pinot Noir Estate, which the first vintage made by Walter Huber, was named one of the best 25 international wines at the International Wine Show in Whistler. In 2011, it won 99 Points in France and the winery was ranked in the top 1% internationally, by Vivino Wines. Hainle Vineyard Estate Winery has been named “Best Rated Winery in Canada” by Vivino for three consecutive years and is renowned for being one of Canada’s best cult-wineries.
Drop by and sample the wines of Hainle Vineyards Estate Winery and Deep Creek Estate Wine Estate in the newly renovated tasting room on Trepanier Bench Road in Peachland. Visitors are welcome year round. The tasting rooms also offers award-winning wines and exclusive vintage wines, which can only be tasted by appointment and purchased at the winery or by private invitation.
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North America’s first icewine producer in 1978
1st Canadian Certified Organic Winery in 1988
1st Canadian Winery using Gravity Flow for winemaking in 1988
1st Canadian Winery to use an Appellation
1st Canadian Winery who is rated in the top 1% globally for 4 consecutive years
1st Winery with a Restaurant License in BC
1st Canadian Winery with a patio & Licensed picnic area
1st Canadian Winery who is undisputed the highest rated winery in Canada for 6 consecutive years with a 4.8 out of 5.0 points by Vivino
1st Canadian Winery to participate in the Vancouver Christmas Market
1st Canadian Winery to have an international wineclub shipping direct from the winery to private wineclub members
1st Canadian Winery to win twice the best Pinot Noir in the world within the past 4 years
1st Canadian Winery who was served at the 80th Anniversary Oscar Awards
1st winery to win best in show at the Los Angeles international wine competition in 2007 for Zweigelt, also first winery to plant Zweigelt grapes in North America.
Experience the Okanagan’s most historic winery. Our wines are traditionally handcrafted by winemaking recipes originating in the mid 1800’s, without the use of harsh chemicals or additives. We use only the finest estate grown grapes from our organic vineyard located in Peachland, B.C. Visitors are welcome year round. We offer award-winning wines and exclusive vintage wines, which can only be tasted by appointment and purchased at the winery or by private invitation.
Sustainable, organic and traditional grape growing practices have been crucial to our success. Our grape growing and cellar practices are in accordance with the Huber Family Wine Purity Law of 1856, which exceed Canadian and International certified organic winemaking standards. When crafting white wine, grapes are required to have a minimum of 20 brix, 22 brix for red wine and 32 brix for icewine. We pride ourselves on preserving the high standards associated with the Huber family’s wine growing and winemaking practices. As a result, we produce the highest quality of naturally dry, fully fermented, handcrafted wines.
In 1972, Hainle Vineyards Estate Winery became BC’s 8th estate winery and began building the Hainle legacy on renowned winemaking expertise.
Walter Hainle produced the first 40 litres of Icewine and Hainle Vineyards Estate Winery became the birthplace of North American Icewine.
Hainle Vineyards Estate Winery became Canada’s first certified organic winery and the 1st Canadian Winery using Gravity Flow for winemaking.
The Hainle family sold Hainle Vineyards Estate Winery to the Huber family. The Hainle label became Canada’s first wine label toting a specific Appellation.
The first vintage made by Walter Huber, the 2007 Pinot Noir Estate, was ranked in the top 25 international wines at the International Wine Show in Whistler.
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