Indigenous World Winery merges modern culture with Indigenous history. The Indigenous first peoples of the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys located in British Columbia Canada are the Okanagan Syilx people. They have lived on and protected these lands for thousands of years. Robert Louie and his wife Bernice are descendants of the Syilx people and are connected to the land and its rich history.
The concept of Indigenous World Winery emerged as Robert and Bernice’s way of combining the unique terroir of the valley and the Indigenous people’s stewardship of these lands. Every effort is being made to produce world class wines in a respectful way to the environment and its people. What makes the agriculture of these lands in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys so special is how they were formed over time with glacial ice, volcanic eruptions and geological events producing a truly unique area of the world for producing excellent quality wines.
Our grapes at Indigenous World Winery are carefully selected from vineyards in both the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys. We pride ourselves on the close partnerships we have established with the grape growers who are dedicated to producing only the highest quality fruit. It is because of their commitment to these standards that every new vintage’s expression of the land can be found in each aroma and taste of the wine as the final product. This is something we recognize and appreciate at Indigenous World Winery.
Indigenous World is also home to a 2.5 acre vineyard that was planted in 2014. Nestled into the ravine below the wine shop, three clones of the muscat grape have been carefully tended and nurtured. This hard work and patience was rewarded in the fall of 2016 when we harvested our very first vintage.