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European launch for premium Canadian Okanagan winery

Published:  16 February, 2016

Canada's Okanagan Crush Pad winery will make its European début at ProWein Dusseldorf.

Founded by Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie in 2011, the winery produces 35,000 cases annually and focuses on small lots of premium wines.

It is situated in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia in Canada's south west, close to the US border, which is the country's warmest wine-producing region.

Okanagan Valley offers a rare combination of high mountain and northern desert terrain, with short growing seasons characterised by intense day-time heat and cool evenings.

Under chief winemaker Matt Dumayne, the winery focuses on creating natural wines using state-of-the-art concrete tanks, native yeast and minimal additives.

Influential Italian winemaker Alberto Antonini and Chilean soil expert Pedro Parra have acted as consultants to the team since 2010 and 2012 respectively.

Owner Christine Coletta will be attending Prowein, together with her daughter Alison Scholefield, winery business partner David Scholefield and winery ambassador Michael West.

The team will be showcasing wines from its Haywire range, as well as an ancient-method sparkling Chardonnay.

Coletta said: "We want the wine community to discover what excites us about our growing region and we feel Prowein is an excellent place to start.

Our viticulture and winemaking teams have followed the road map drawn by Antonini and Parra perfectly."

Canada currently has some 550 wineries, around 240 of which are in British Columbia.

The other key wine-producing regions in the country are Ontario and, to a lesser extent, Quebec and Nova Scotia.

Prowein takes place in Düsseldorf between March 13 and 15.