About Us
Priest Creek Family Estate Wineries desire is to provide a collection of quality premium wines which can be shared today or cellared for the future. Priest Creek Family Estate Winery was founded through Darren and Jane’s wish to raise their children on a vineyard, bringing them back to their farming roots. We are located on the South Kelowna Wine Trail in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, boasting beautiful mountain vistas from each direction. It is comprised of both old 25 years old vines as well as new vines which will begin producing this fall 2020.
The name Priest Creek was chosen to pay tribute to the heritage of the land. This Estate was part of a parcel of land farmed by the Mission in the mid 1800’s. Priest Creek runs behind the property and runs into Mission Creek where it is said Father Pandosey planted the first grapes in the valley for wine.
Our Family:
Darren and Jane Sawin purchased this beautiful Estate Vineyard in 2015 wanting to share their farming roots with their children. Different from farming in Saskatchewan, they learned as much as they could about viticulture and wine making. Sharing this journey with our family has been a dream for some time, being able to teach the children about farming and business while creating family memories that will last a life time. The children are hands on learning about the vines and the business. By teaming up with award winning wine maker Jason Parkes, and his team at Jason Parkes Customs, our vision of building a winery on the Estate was born. Darren is learning the art of winemaking under Jason and his team and through courses at Washington State University. Priest Creek vineyard features 25 year old Gewurztraminer vines. For the balance of the Estate, the family worked hard to change out the table grape crop to wine grapes in 2018 and 2019. A combination of three clones of Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay have been planted and the Estate will be in full production in 2021. Great wine starts from the soil and the vines the fruit is grown!
Our Winemaker:
Jason Parkes is the esteemed head winemaker and consultant for Priest Creek Family Estate Winery. Jason, a Canadian self-taught winemaker from Kitimat, British Columbia, and his team at Jason Parkes Customs produce a wide range of varietals and blends. The non interventionist techniques behind these award winning wines include marginal and mild pressing, using specialized yeasts, profuse and manual punching of musts and employing 100% gravity flow. Jason and his team’s strong work ethic and dedication to producing high quality wines that fit perfectly within the portfolio designed for Priest Creek Family Estate Winery.
Welcome to our brand new tasting experience. We look forward to seeing you soon!