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May 30, 2022 View:

Late British Columbia wine pioneer's label acquired by Five Vine Cellars

Three wine labels owned by the late B.C. wine pioneer Harry McWatters have been sold to Five Vine Cellars.

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The sale includes Time City Winery, an urban winery, bar and restaurant located in Penticton that sources its grapes from the surrounding Okanagan Valley appellation.

Also part of this acquisition is the sister wine brands Evolve Cellars and the McWatters Collection, which are wine brands made at Time City Winery. All three wine brands are managed by Encore Vineyards.

McWatters" siblings Christa-Lee and Darrien will continue to serve as general manager and operations manager, respectively, while winemaker Lynzee Schatz and chef A.K. Campbell will also continue in their roles, according to a statement.

The deal came after the sudden death last year of Harry McWatters, who founded Sumac Ridge Winery in 1979, the first winery in British Columbia, Canada. In 2000, Sumac Ridge Winery was sold to Vincor Canada, now known as Constellation Group USA. He was also the founding president of the VQA and BC Wine Association, and also founded the Transient Winery.

New owners Ron and Shelley Mayert, who own Five Vines Cellars, officially took over the business on July 1. The acquisition marks the couple's first foray into the wine industry in British Columbia, Canada.