July/August 2020 – Facing the Music

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APRIL 2020 JULY/AUGUST 2020 BCBUSINESS 47 RISE AND VINE Part of a new generation of B.C. wineries, Phantom Creek Estates near Oliver reportedly cost $100 million to build O On a prime lakeside stretch of tony Pritchard Drive in West Kelowna, thousands of spindly grapevines take root along with the vision of Plenty of Fish founder Markus Frind: complete with a bakery-café, a wine-tasting room and a planned boat dock, Frind Estate Winery opens this summer. Across the water in Lake Country, Albertan Dennis O'Rourke, founder of Sureway Construction Group, is carving European-style caves from the rocky landscape, eventually for aging premium Burgundian-style vintages to complement current bottlings from his namesake winery. To the south near Oliver, Vancouver-based industrialist Richter Bai is said to have spent $100 million building Phantom Creek Estates, where top global consultants like France's Olivier Humbrecht advise on making wine from some of the choicest parcels in B.C. As with any sector, when players this big make moves in one direction, it attracts attention—in this case, to the province's next-generation wine industry.

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