We believe that crafting great wine is about time and place. After more than two decades, our vineyards continue to demonstrate why the south Okanagan is the right place to grow premium grapes.
The Becker Project plants 30 types of grapes at what was the Monashee Vineyard on Black Sage Road. Federal and provincial governments, grape growers, and some wineries financed this experiment in viticulture and oenology. At a time when Labrusca and other hybrids were commonly planted, the Becker Project included varieties like Riesling, Müller-Thurgau, and Spatburgunder.
The province of British Columbia, in partnership with the federal government, introduces a vine “pull-out” program. Farmers are paid up to $8,000 per acre to remove their existing vines and plant vinifera varieties. Some replant, but many don't. The owners of Monashee Vineyard pull out 115 acres of vines and leave the land fallow.
Harry McWatters and Bob Wareham purchase the Monashee Vineyard for $3,700 per acre. The land had irrigation lines in place, but row spacing was too wide. With Richard (Dick) Cleave to guide them, they plant the entire 115 acres over 20 days with all vinifera: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Noir.
The original 13 acres of Pinot Noir are replaced with 5 acres of Merlot, 5 acres of Sauvignon Blanc, and 1 acre each of Semillon, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.
60 acres of the vineyard are separated from the original 115-acre site and are designated for what will become TIME Estate Winery.
TIME receives its winery license, and we produce the inaugural vintage in one of the existing structures on the vineyard.
Ground is broken on a new potential production facility and hospitality centre.
Evolve Cellars opens on a 10-acre winery property in Summerland, BC. The property has 5 planted acres, a winery, restaurant, and hospitality centre.
ENCORE Vineyards Ltd., home to TIME Estate Winery, McWatters Collection and Evolve Cellars, reaches an agreement with a buyer to sell a portion of its assets in Oliver, British Columbia. The sale is approved by ENCORE’s board of directors. This private transaction was under negotiation for several months and completed on April 1, 2016. The transaction includes a 60‐acre vineyard on the Black Sage Bench and a building currently under construction.