Two local fledgling winery owners could barely keep the excitement to themselves a few weeks ago when they found out they’d won a prestigious national award.
Sworn to secrecy until contest holder WineAlign allowed them to reveal their silver medal win, the owners of Privato Winery could finally pop the corn on the news on Thursday — and their exhilaration hadn’t waned one bit.
“We’re just over the moon!” said Debbie Woodward, who, along with her husband John, co-owns Privato Vineyard & Winery in Kamloops.
In June, the 2013 WineAlign National Wine Awards put Privato’s inaugural vintage, the 2011 Chardonnay, up against 91 other Canadian-grown oaked chardonnays.
The wines were judged blind by a panel of the country’s leading wine writers and tasters, who chose Privato for the second highest award of the category.
The silver medal shocked the business owners, said Woodward.
“This winery has been a dream of ours for years and to have our first vintage receive such recognition is a wonderful testament to the time we’ve put into it,” she said.
Situated on the banks of the North Thompson River, Privato offers small quantities of well-crafted Burgundy wines, available online or from a Westsyde Road tasting room.
The win reflects well on the city’s ability to provide a top-notch vintage, said Woodward.
“We’re excited to see the wine industry grow in Kamloops and this award will help bring attention to our area.”
WineAlign will reveal the entire list of winning entries for its national competition on Sept. 4.