1450 MCMILLAN AVENUE,
PENTICTON, BC V2A 8T4
2019 WINTER HOURS
The Tasting Room is CLOSED till February 7.
Tastings are available by appointment. Please call 250-770-1743 to arrange.
EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 7
11AM – 5PM (Thurs. – Sun.)
What’s our story?
Our Langley winery was where it all started, but this is where it all happens! The story of our Okanagan winery might start with a tasting in our wine shop, and a friendly conversation over a few sips as you learn about our history on the Bench. It then might lead to an invitation to join clubSEVEN and access special wines not on our shop shelves, or a plan to return for an event with friends and fellow BC wine explorers.
Come for a wine-themed event and relax, or learn the art and science of blending with our winemaker. Bragging rights if your blend is chosen as the “best”. Speaking of art, we embrace the marriage of art and wine with cultural offerings, like raising a glass to the Bard, and as for science? Take a tour and pick up a few viticulture terms to impress at your next kitchen party.
We really are a working winery and there will be no mistaking that fact when you come and visit. Whether we are picking, crushing, pressing, bottling or just plain labeling there is always that unmistakable smell of earthy winey goodness in the air. Take a look around back and you are very likely to see our winemaker Mary McDermott at work. Go ahead ask her a question, she doesn’t bite. Too often.
Our goal? A warm welcome. Our desire? Constant elevation of the senses and the experience of wine, and a future memory that begins with, “Do you remember when we tasted that wine?”. Our staff are here to start you on a journey to get to know us, our wines, everything we love about wine.
Now that you’ve discovered Township 7 Vineyards & Winery, we’re sure you’ll become a part of our own band of wine lovers, and we’ll see you and share a glass…soon.
The faces behind the names?
Our Naramata Bench winery is run by a passionate and dedicated team.
General Manager, Mike Raffan
Mike is at the helm of Township 7 Vineyards & Winery, and has built a solid team from the tasting bars to the vineyard workers to the harvest-time cellarhands. It’s only about the wine for Mike, who invests time an energy into the team as hospitality ambassadors for Township 7 guests and loyal clubSEVEN members. Mike’s philosophy: be authentic and create a dialogue and story around each bottle of wine.
Assistant General Manager, Trevor Allen
A tasting with Trevor is like watching a ballet of service. Before his extensive training in wine and hospitality he was a theatre major. Now a sommelier, he says that visiting a wine shop or going to an event should encompass storytelling. Trevor’s philosophy: while no one ever comes to a winery in a bad mood, the focus is on engaging all the senses and remember that wine is ultimately about celebration…even if that celebration is just that it’s Tuesday.
Winemaker, Mary McDermott
With multiple vineyards to oversee, two locations for Township 7 Winery & Vineyards, and many wines to craft, Mary is a calm and collected wealth of winemaking knowledge. She has a passion for BC wine and learning the nuances of each vineyard, bringing the best fruit to harvest. A transplant from Ontario, she is a former journalist, and frequent traveler. Fittingly, Mary’s wine philosophy: each bottle should take you somewhere, and express where it came from.
Tasting Room Manager, Devon Villard
Devon’s wine journey really started after a turn of events in the summer of 2011. He finished his WSET Level 3 , started a wine club, a wine blog, and enrollment in the Wine Century Club with currently 169 different grape varieties tasted. He is a huge advocate for BC wine pitching it everywhere he goes from Rioja to Willamette. Devon loves sharing his passion for wine and can’t wait to exchange stories and share a bottle of wine on our new Naramata Tasting Room patio.
Be sure to also say “hi” to our crew in the cellar and tasting room: Rhys, Brent, Brad, Olivier, Crystal, Kathy and Devon when you come in.
When are we open?
We are open year round with the exception of the tasting room closed during the month of January. However, we are open for tastings by appointment. The tasting room will re-open on Thursday, February 7th from 11am to 5pm (Thursdays through till Sundays). In the summer the open space at the base of our vineyards is a wonderful place to soak up the Okanagan sun, enjoying a picnic with friends.
How to find us?
Nestled at the gateway of the famous Naramata Bench. Travel east on Eckhardt Avenue and continue along Eckhardt as it turns into Haven Hill Road, Johnson Road and then into Upper Bench Road. Enjoy the scenery as you follow Upper Bench Road to McMillan Avenue. Take a right and we are right there at 1450 McMillan Avenue!