For Immediate Release. Lake Country, BC (March 16, 2023) – Out of 530 entries from 32 countries, Lake Country’s most anticipated winery, O’Rourke Family Estate, was the sole Canadian winery recognized in the top 10 at the prestigious Chardonnay du Monde wine competition held in Burgundy, France. The 2020 O’Rourke Family Estate Chardonnay received top honours from the esteemed panel international wine judges, claiming its spot as one of the world’s top Chardonnay producers.
A relative newcomer to the Canadian wine scene, O’Rourke Family Estate sits on over 300 acres in the heart of Lake Country with 110 acres under vine. The vision for Proprietor Dennis O’Rourke is clear – to be in a class of their own. Home to world-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Winemaker Nikki Callaway is certainly getting them well on their way.
Callaway has received her fair share of international recognition through the years, but is extremely proud that this inaugural vintage has already put O’Rourke on the world map. “I could not be more excited for our entire team to have received such an esteemed award so early in our journey,” remarks Callaway. “The fruit in the Lake Country sub-GI is truly exceptional and we simply let nature lead the way to showcase the elegant characteristics that Chardonnay is known for.”
The winery itself is expected to open to the public in spring of 2025 and will feature an experience like no other in Canada. From the winding network of underground caves, full complement of sensory tasting experiences, onsite accommodations, event space and multiple dining options, guests will come for the wine and stay for the magic.
While construction is underway, there will be opportunities prior to the opening for guests to sample the wines and meet the team at various private events and tastings. For more information about the winery and upcoming tasting opportunities, visit ofestate.com and be sure to follow on Instagram and join our mailing list for upcoming events and tasting opportunities.
About O’Rourke Family Estate:
Nestled in the heart of the Okanagan Valley in beautiful Lake Country, O’Rourke Family Estate sits atop over 300 acres of ancient soil with 110 acres of vineyard overlooking Lake Okanagan. Home to award-winning Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the highly anticipated winery will open to the public in spring of 2025 with exceptional tasting, dining and event experiences. Stay up-to-date on our construction progress and upcoming tasting opportunities online at ofestate.com.
Tanja Martell, Communications and PR Director