Prestigious award for West Kelowna winery

Kalala Organice Estate Winery wins top prize at Chardonnay du Monde wine judging contest held in France.

  • Mar. 18, 2016 9:00 a.m.

Kalala Organic Estate Winery wines.

A West Kelowna winery has added a feather to its wine vintage hat after winning a wine judging competition held in France earlier this month.

The Kalala Organic Estate Winery had placed in the Top 10 twice before in the Chardonnay du Monde contest (2010 and 2014). But this year, of the 782 wine samples from 39 countries that entered the  competition, the Kalala 2013 Chardonnay Icewine received the highest number of points, granting them the top spot in the prestigious competition.

“This is a great honour, not only for us, but for Canada and the Okanagan,” said Karnail Singh Sidhu, owner and viticulturist at Kalala Organic Estate Winery. “This is a very competitive  competition, so it is wonderful to be recognized at this level, among some of  the best winemakers in the world.”

The Chardonnay du Monde  is unique in its international scope and diversity. In 2016, the competition welcomed 300  international expert judges, in addition to the tremendous number of global  entries. The competition also encourages a strict focus on quality, involving a rigorous selection process for judges and the use of scientific criteria for tasting. To ensure sensory isolation for the judges, the number of samples is limited to 20 per panel, allowing them to taste the wine at an appropriate pace.

“Our 2013 Chardonnay Icewine uses certified organic grapes that were grown in West Kelowna at the Catana Vineyard. We started picking the grapes on November 14 and we picked 3.7 tons of grapes,” explained Sidhu, who has more than 20 years of experience in organic agriculture.

The West Kelowna winery produced 1,220 litres of this particular vintage, which underwent a slower, 68-day  fermentation and partial barrel aging. The method clearly paid off, as the  judges awarded the wine a top gold medal. The 2016 competition saw a total of  259 medals awarded to participants, including 63 Gold and 196 Silver medals.

“Awards like this one continue to put both Kalala and the Okanagan on the global map. The Okanagan is still a young wine region, but through these competitions, we are able to share our success  and incredible wines with the world,” said Sidhu.

Kalala Organic Estate Winery is located on the Upper Bench West Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley. Started by Karnail Singh Sidhu and family, Kalala has been producing wines since July 2006. The vineyards were deemed certified organic in September 2010.

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