The Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards has won a National Canadian Wine Award for its Fitz Brut.—Image credit: contributed

Okanagan bubbly named a top wine in Canada

Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards Fitz Brut wins National Wine Awards gold medal.

The corks are popping at Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards in celebration.

After a blind tasting by the Wine Align panel of judges,the winery’s 2013 Fitz Brut has been awarded a gold medal at this year’s National Wine Awards of Canada.

As one of the founding families of the BC wine industry, the Fitzpatrick’s have spent more than 30 years putting the Okanagan Valley on the world wine map with 27 years developing Kelowna’s CedarCreek Estate Winery.

That winery, one of the first in the valley, has since been sold to owners of Mission Hill Winery in West Kelowna.

In 1994, the Fitzpatrick family bought the historic Greata Ranch property which has now been transformed into a boutique family winery offering wines, with a focus on traditional method sparkling wine.