A MEETING PLACE FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS
After successful careers and raising a family, in 2002 Skip and Judy Stothert relocated from Vancouver to a 52-acre site seven kilometers north of Naramata town. The land sits between what was the ancient west coast of North America and Okanagan Mountain overlooking Okanagan Lake. Skip was first exposed to wine via his father and developed a love of the great wines of Burgundy. After noting that many vineyards in the Okanagan were small plots and realizing the quality of their land, Skip made the decision to focus on two varieties (Chardonnay and Pinot Noir) and set about planting in 2004. In 2012, they started their own wine label, named Coolshanagh. Winemaking is in the hands of Matt Dumayne, who uses large oak barrels, concrete vats and lees aging which contribute to the subtlety and expressiveness of the wines. Distinct regional flavours emerge from this fertile calcium carbonate-loaded soil made up of fractured glacial bedrock. Viticulture is directed by Pedro Parra with Skip on the tractor overseeing day to day farming.