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Howard Soon, Master Winemaker
A pioneer in the BC wine industry, he
has been awarded with innumerable accolades and established many firsts
in the province, including the first to release a series of single
vineyard designated wines.
A living legend, for over three decades Howard Soon has been on the leading edge of winemaking innovation. Originally a brewmaster, a taste for more creativity saw him join the fledgling BC wine industry in 1980. Amongst numerous other milestones, Howard was the first winemaker in the province to receive a Gold Medal at the Chardonnay du Monde in France; release a series of single vineyard designated wines; and sweep the Canadian Wine Awards receiving Red Wine of the Year, White Wine of the Year and Winery of the Year — the only winery to ever win all three. Most recently, Soon was recognized at the 2015 Vancouver International Wine Festival Celebrating Excellence Awards with the highly coveted Spirited Industry Professional. His collaborative relationships with growers led him to Vanessa Vineyard in 2006, where working with their viticulture team, he oversaw the planting of their vineyard. He subsequently purchased the vast majority of their grapes for his highly acclaimed Sandhill Vanessa Vineyard wines. In 2017 Howard “retired” after 37 years with one of Canada’s largest wine companies to focus on truly small lot winemaking as Master Winemaker for Vanessa Vineyard.
Winemaker, Mentor and Educator
Join us as we kick-off this conference with great food presented by
the talented culinary team from Manteo Resort. We will also showcase
Wines of British Columbia. Howard Soon will open the conference with a
This is a social and networking event.
Landcare Research Manaaki Whenua, Governance and Policy
Marsha Walden, Destination
British Columbia, CEO
Following Your Passion
People who love food and wine are passionate about it, and they pursue that passion in both their work and their travel. Marsha Walden, CEO of Destination British Columbia, will talk about why Destination BC promotes wine and culinary tourism in the province. She will touch on how the organization supports this type of tourism and share examples of marketing strategies that have been successful in tapping into travellers’ passion for food and wine.
Join Masters of Wine Rhys Pender and Tim Hanni as they evaluate, engage and make you think ...where are we now, what decisions do we need to make, where are we going and what do we need to do to get there?
Rhys Pender, WinePlus, Master of Wine
BC WINE COUNTRY: A VISION OF THE FUTURE
The BC wine industry is still young but it starting to gain international attention for its wines. We are at a point where the industry needs to look to the future and decide what direction it wants to take. Will it be an industry just making the wines that sell the easiest but not necessarily realizing its full quality potential? Or will it go down the path of quality first and build a reputation for certain grapes in certain parts of the Province and become known globally as a top quality wine region? This presentation will look at where the industry could head and how a quality focused industry might look in 20 years from now.
Tim Hanni, Vinotype,
Master of Wine
Hospitality Starts with the Guest, not the Wine.
We will be exploring how we have become disconnected from consumers, how the myths and metaphors of wine and food can work against the enjoyment of wine, the lost art and traditions of hospitality, and how we can create intimate, personal connections before launching to our wine spiel.
Guests will depart from Manteo Resort by bus and travel through the city to vineyards and wineries of West Kelowna. There will be two stops on this afternoon excursion. Each winery visit will include wine tasting, bites from the talented Chef and tour of the winery.
Mission Hill Family Estate
Located in the heart of British Columbia's Okanagan Valley, Mission Hill Family Estate is world renowned for its award winning wines, stunning setting and architecture, and Terrace Restaurant.
Majestic mountains, scenic lakes and lush orchards encase the winery's dramatic architecture and culminate in a setting that celebrates wine, food and the arts. With sustainable practices that ensure care for the environment, and a timelessness that respects the family's European heritage, guests experience the height of winemaking in an incomparable lakeside mountaintop winery.
Guests will enjoy a culinary display presented by Chef Patrick Gayler
Volcanic Hills Winery
Since the 60’s it has been Sarwan Gidda’s dream to grow grapes that would produce world class wines. This all began when his father, Mehtab Gidda, came to Canada from a small town in East Punjab, India. With only five dollars in his pocket, and not a single word of English, the dream of a better life began in 1958 when he settled in the “Land of Wonder” (The Okanagan Valley). The entire family respects Mehtab for his courageousness and disciplined work ethic. His wife Harjet and three sons arrived two years later. They were the first and only Indo-Canadian family in Westbank for 15 years.
The family purchased their first property in 1963 and before long were the largest apple farmers in Westbank.
In 1978 Sarwan and wife Sudarshana pursued a new venture of growing grapes. Today their 90 acres of grapes, apples and cherries are managed by Sarwan’s children and family.
In May 2010 the children fulfilled their father’s dream of establishing a winery. You will find Christina, Bobby, or Amit hard at work in the wine shop every day.
Guests will be treated to tasty bites from Chef Colin Raymer, Blusafron Bistro
Climate Change, Wine and Tourism – This presentation examines factors currently at play that are changing the world’s wine map. A specific focus on the role climate change has in altering grapevine suitability, wine productivity and quality and its ultimate role in potentially limiting wine tourism in some regions while expanding wine tourism in others.
Dr. Filippo Randelli
Universita` degli studi Firenze, Dipartimento di Scienze per l'Economia e l'Impresa
Tuscany is an interesting case study for scholars and policy makers because is leading the development of Rural Tourism in Europe since the Nineties. Today Tuscany has reached a stage of maturity and is facing crucial challenges for the future sustainability. This presentation will trace the entire evolutionary track of Rural Tourism in Tuscany with a vision for the future.
The evening social includes live music and a showcase of British Columbia Wines, Beers, Ciders and Spirits.
Dr. John Overton
Victoria University of Wellington, School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences
Wine making is strongly associated with the rural origins of its grape growing environment. The concept of terroir is embedded in several segments of the industry and links wine to place and to images of a rural idyll. Yet cities also shape the industry in interesting but largely unseen ways.
Caterina de Renzis Sonnino
International Education, Proprietor, International Education
Castello Sonnino, Living History to Sustain the Future: international education as value added tool in Tuscany
BC has a defined Food & Wine culture going back to the early days of our industry. While much has changed since then, the evolution has been organic with the current opportunity to ensure we have input over it’s destiny.
This panel of experts will discuss and debate four key topics in the wine industry followed by questions from the floor.
Guests will depart from Manteo Resort by bus and travel along the lake and views overlooking the city to visit two Kelowna based wineries. There will be two stops on
this afternoon excursion. Each winery visit will include wine tasting,
bites from the talented Chef and tour of the winery.
Summerhill Pyramid Winery
Summerhill set out to make the most beautiful wines in the world; starting with organically and biodynamically grown grapes from the pristine Okanagan Valley, handling them with love and attention, allowing them to ferment naturally to retain the highest levels of antioxidants, and finishing the wines in our Pyramid Cellar built with precision Sacred Geometry and aligned to the stars to create a structure of stillness and harmony.
They set out to bring pride to all Canadians. They are thrilled to have witnessed this vision unfold with their portfolio of wines being awarded among the wine world’s highest honours, including trophies and gold medals from France and England, as well as a special trophy naming Summerhill “Canadian Wine Producer of the Year” at the International Wine & Spirit Competition. All this for allowing nature to speak for herself! She does speak... and they listen. There is divine purpose in every blessed drop.
Tantalus Vineyards is situated on the eastern slopes of the Okanagan Valley and is dedicated to crafting exceptional Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Guests will taste delicious bites from Chef Mark Filatow, Waterfront Wines Restaurant and Wine Bar