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Outstanding cuisine is a given at Terrace Restaurant, which has been named one of the top five winery restaurants in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine. The culinary team of this West Kelowna, British Columbia, winemaking destination, led by executive winery chef Matthew Batey, is working toward, and very much succeeding at, putting together a complete, holistic wine-and-food experience, which includes everything from hosting culinary workshops to growing and preserving produce on-site.

While the concept of farm-to-table dining is a trend that is catching on worldwide, Terrace Restaurant exemplifies the farm-to-fork model. The kitchen staff’s morning trip to nearby Stoney Paradise Farm yields armloads of golden beets, squash and blossoms, eggplant, and torpedo onions, all of which make their ways into a salad served at lunch. And this is only the starting point for a team that strives to embody the locavore concept of terroir as completely as possible. The ultimate goal is going even closer than farm-to-table; often, what’s on a plate at Terrace Restaurant came from a garden in plain sight of the restaurant.

Produce from Stoney Paradise Farms: golden beets, squash and blossoms, eggplant and torpedo onions Photo credit: Danguole Lekaviciute

Overseen by horticulturist Monica Ede and chef Batey, Mission Hill Estate Winery’s multifunctional landscaping includes carefully curated gardens, which produce ingredients for the Terrace Restaurant’s kitchen such as edible nasturtium flowers, several varieties of basil for estate basil oil, and peaches for pastries.

Compromises are few and far between; chef Batey prefers to steer clear of exotic, non-native ingredients like pineapple, although citrus is sometimes unavoidable for great cuisine. But that doesn’t mean Batey is content to import it; recently, potted citrus trees made an appearance at the varietal gardens. At Mission Hill, the quest to bring the food ever-closer to the kitchen is a tireless, wholehearted pursuit.

The winery’s gardens, organized according to wine grape varietals, also serve a secondary purpose: to educate wine drinkers on the flavors one might expect from certain wines. Stone fruits, rhubarb, and lemon verbena populate the riesling varietal garden, while black currant, blackberries, and several varieties of basil and mint can be found in the merlot garden.

Lunchtime salad at Terrace Restaurant, made from ingredients harvested earlier at Stoney Paradise Farms Phoot credit: Danguole Lekaviciute

Not much goes to waste either. Mission Hill Estate Winery’s flourishing preserve program provides additional variety to the kitchen, and preserved goods are available in the wine shop for visitors — quince and ginger marmalade, pears in vanilla syrup, and heirloom tomato jam ensure that the season’s bounty is enjoyed as long as possible.

Those hungry for a hands-on immersion in this comprehensive epicurean experience have an opportunity for exactly that in the educational program at Mission Hill. The winery’s state-of-the-art kitchen, complete with a theater, doubles as a classroom for private culinary classes, where novices and professionals alike can explore topics ranging from the dynamics of food and wine pairings to an entire workshop dedicated to bacon.

All of these efforts are part of a singular, straightforward goal at Mission Hill: bringing the food closer to the plate, and bringing the guests closer to their food. Mission Hill Estate Winery’s foundation for curating an award-winning restaurant is more than having an exemplary kitchen and dining room; it is an all-inclusive experience celebrating the knowledge that what is here, wherever "here" is, is unlike anywhere else in the world.


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Simes’ wines, $35M renovation transform Mission Hill

Mission Hill Family Estate in West Kelowna, British Columbia, will stage four concerts this summer in its amphitheater. (Photo by Jeremy Reding courtesy of Flickr. Click image for Reding’s portfolio)

Those early scores and awards generated by Simes gave von Mandl confidence to continue to develop the wine program and showpiece facility. In 1999, von Mandl launched Mike’s Hard Lemonade in the United States. Sales of the heavily promoted malt beverage allowed von Mandl to invest a reported $35 million as part of a six-year renovation project of Mission Hill.

Earlier this year, Reuters reported that von Mandl’s Mark Anthony Group put Mike Hard Lemonade on the market with an estimated price tag of $1 billion. His business interests also include Long Shadows Vintners as he sits on the board of directors for the star-studded Walla Walla winery launched in 2003 by Allen Shoup, retired CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.

Simes, born in 1950, now turns his focus to the 1,000 acres of vineyard owned by von Mandl’s VMF Estates. Those holdings represent about 10 percent of the 9,800 acres planted in the province.

Viticulture long has been a pursuit for Simes. At one point, he served as both head winemaker and vineyard manager for New Zealand giant Montana Wines, which is where he was working when von Mandl wooed him to the Okanagan Valley.

“I see our vineyards as the last frontier in allowing our wines to become amongst the most sought after in the world,” Simes said. “Our terroir and microclimates are found nowhere else, and it now comes down to a relentless quest to drive the most in terms of quality and distinctiveness out of each and every vine.

“Twenty years ago, no one believed that wines like Oculus, Compendium and Perpetua were possible, or that an Okanagan Pinot Noir such as Martin’s Lane would make the world stage in London,” he continued. “With the von Mandl family’s commitment to continuously raising the bar and their commitment to leading edge research and technology in our vineyards, there is no telling where we can go from here.”


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“A winemaker should see himself as observer and preserver rather than ‘maker’ … our job is simply to capture and preserve the unique flavours of our soil, our climate, and our weather and translate that potential into exceptional wine,” says South African born and raised Bertus Albertyn.

One look at the pictograph on the Maverick label (inspired by the pictographs drawn on cave walls around South Africa many thousands of years ago) and you come to understand Albertyn as an unconventional free thinker.

A maverick indeed, with a B.Sc. in Viticulture and Enology from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. He arrived in B.C. in 2009, and worked at Culmina and Burrowing Owl before opening his dream just below the Golden Mile Bench south of Oliver. When his wife Elzaan, a family physician in Osoyoos, isn’t healing her neighbours, you will find her working throughout the winery and vineyards.

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When I first met, Australian Darryl Brooker he was working for the Peller family as senior winemaker for Hillebrand and Thirty Bench Wineries in Ontario after making wine at a nearby Niagara upstart Flat Rock Cellars, the noted Villa Maria Estate in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, and Mountadam Vineyards in Barossa Valley, Australia.


At this B.C. winery, your taste of terroir goes well beyond the glass

You don't have to be a big-time wine expert to know that the term "terroir" is vino-speak for how the land informs the flavour of what's in your glass. Better yet, you don't need to be a big-time wine expert to appreciate that you can get a real taste of the land in the food, too, at one iconic B.C. winery.

Mission Hill Winery in West Kelowna. Photo by Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome

West Kelowna's stunning Mission Hill Winery is a beacon in the Okanagan for locals and visitors alike, and they've upped the game when it comes to getting the land to your table in more ways than one.

Obviously, you're there at their impeccable winery for the views, the wines, and maybe even their incredible art. But you'll want to make sure your visit includes a sit-down at their Terrace Restaurant, in order to fully appreciate how important terroir is to them here.

Among the offerings at the Terrace Restaurant at Mission Hill is a charcuterie platter featuring house-cured B.C. meats, and locally-sourced fresh cheese. Photo by Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome

Everything on the menu at the Terrace Restaurant is Canadian - except their imported olive oil, mind you - and a great deal it of it comes from Western Canada, within B.C., within the Okanagan, and even from their very own grounds.

Most of the meat and dairy are sourced from a 300-kilometre radius, including beef from the renown Cache Creek, fish and seafood from the west coast, and most of the cheese from the Okanagan.

Farm-fresh berries and house-made cheese. Photo by Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome

Mission Hill's culinary team, headed by Chef Patrick Gayler, takes things a step further when it comes to proteins, by butchering and curing their own meats in-house for their charcuterie boards. For example, you can nibble on bresaola made from Cache Creek eye of round, cured in Mission Hill Family Estate Shiraz, and Estate herbs for eight weeks before it's air-dried, or their house-made fennel pollen salami made with Cheam View Ranch pork that's been marinated in local fennel pollen and espelette pepper then air-dried for three weeks.

While most of the cheese comes from nearby producers, such as the King Cole Blue from Upper Bench Creamery in Naramata, as well as producers out of the Shuswap and Agassiz, they're also making cheese in the Mission Hill restaurant kitchen.

West coast seafood. Photo by Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome

Un-homogenized grass-fed milk is sourced from Grass Roots Dairies in Salmon Arm. "Every day, we set the curd using rennet and then hang it in cheese cloth overnight, before serving with seasonal garnishes," explains a rep for Mission Hill.

Gayler has also brought some of his own personal heritage to the table you'll find little extras like his Great Grandmother’s Imperial Relish on offer. The condiment is similar to a piccalilli, and is made in late summer each year using peppers, onion, cucumber, and cauliflower.

If we're talking veg, it's hard to beat having it grown right on the grounds, and that's just what Mission Hill is doing. Their Estate culinary and herb gardens are a bountiful source for the winery, with additional support from Kelowna's Unearthed Farms. That puts the best of the season within arm's reach for Gayler and his team, who are constantly rotating dishes to showcase what's in the current harvest.

The last of the late-spring asparagus made its way to the table at the Terrace Restaurant at Mission Hill Winery. Photo by Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome

It's not just the staff at work in the gardens, either, at Mission Hill. Their Mission Hill Family Estate Beehive program is currently in its fourth season. There are close to a dozen hives on site, and they produce enough honey for the winery to be able to jar the liquid gold and sell it in the winery boutique. How's that for a sweet winery souvenir that lets you savour your visit for days to follow?

I made my first visit to Mission Hill just this late spring, courtesy the winery, and was struck by their commitment to that beautiful partnership of storytelling and location.

Expressions of the winery's desire to articulate the histories of wine, the region, the Okanagan Valley overall, and themselves are evident in overt and subtle ways throughout the venue. If you're wise to book a tour that includes a peek in the cellar, you'll experience everything from the cooling chill of water seeping down through the volcanic rock walls to the glimpse of the gated portfolio library that is itself dedicated to capturing time in several bottles.

Sampling an Estate wine at Mission Hill. Photo by Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome

Visits to Mission Hill can be as easygoing as a casual pop-by for a meal and a tasting, or a more immersive and focused planned-out venture to one of their tours or events. While their popular summertime Longtable Dinners are already at capacity, upcoming gatherings include a Fall Winemakers' Dinner in early October, the Oculus Dinner in mid-October, and their ongoing slate of tours with a culinary focus. Those sommelier-guided tours include a 60-minute wine and cheese tour a 90-minute Garden Lunch tour or a 90-minute "Taste of the Estate" tour. You'll find information about all their tours online here.

The views at Mission Hill are unbeatable. Photo by Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome

Mission Hill is located at 1730 Mission Hill Road in West Kelowna. The Terrace Restaurant is open seasonally (May 11-Sept. 30, 2019).


Our Vineyards

There are over 17 acres of Pinot Noir planted among the 38 acres that make up the REX HILL Estate Vineyard. Friends of the winery helped plant the initial rows of the Estate Vineyard in 1982, just one year after REX HILL was founded. Tin plates with their names mark the ends of these special rows. Nestled among the acres of Pinot Noir, there is one lone row of Muscat much enjoyed by the winery staff. One year each person was responsible for a few vines to tend throughout the growing season deepening the connection to the plants that provide our livelihood and improving our understanding of vineyard decisions. The REX HILL Estate Vineyard is farmed using Biodynamic principles.

Jacob-Hart Estate Vineyard

The Jacob-Hart Vineyard, purchased in 1987, is named after REX HILL’s founders, Jan Jacobsen & Paul Hart. An old turkey farm, the land was well suited to growing grapes and soil studies have determined there are at least 13 soil types on the property. Located on a warm southeast-facing slope of the Chehalem Ridge, fruit at this vineyard is harvested a week or two before other REX HILL Pinot Noir sites.

This beautiful vineyard offers both volcanic and sedimentary soils to have both soil types in one vineyard is extremely unusual in the Willamette Valley. In places, the earth is so rocky that the vines were planted using a pickaxe instead of a shovel and it cannot be farmed with a tractor. These prized blocks produce the exceptional fruit that comprises our Jacob-Hart Vineyard selections while most of the remaining blocks provide the basic structure for our reserve wines.


Russian River Gem

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DeLoach Vineyards

1791 Olivet Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401, (707) 755-3300

Since 1975, DeLoach Vineyards has produced quality pinot noir, chardonnay, and zinfandel wines from throughout the Russian River, many from their Certified Organic and Biodynamic estate vineyards. At the tasting room, elevate your tasting with a cheese plate or boxed lunch from Oakville Grocery, or plan to keep it more casual with an afternoon glass of wine and a snack during their Thursday and Friday evening happy hours from 4 pm – 6 pm.


Mission Hill Estate Winery Toasts to Terroir - Recipes

In response to Covid-19, Mission Hill eliminated tasting bars and now offers tastings by reservation only. Photo courtesy of Mission Hill Estate Winery

M ission Hill President Darryl Brooker wears many hats. But he’s still very much a winemaker at heart. Which means he’s pretty pumped about the 2020 vintage.

“It’s been the best I’ve seen hands down,” he says. “I was a bit nervous at the start, a cool, wet spring, then it turned in July. It was going to be good anyway. But September was incredible—and the fall makes or breaks the harvest. It came through on the fruit, but all year we had cool nights and warm days to give us that freshness and acidity—and really, really exciting wines!”

The Mission Hill barrel room. Photo courtesy of Mission Hill Estate Winery

Higher acids and longer hang times in the north Okanagan bode especially well for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, says Brooker, who’s particular happy with those varieties—and adds (from down south) this year’s Cabernet Franc promises to be “amazing”—while “Merlot is good every year.” That’s good news also for the reserve Meritage, which is Cabernet Franc dominant.

His current personal favourites? “Our 2019 Terroir Sauv. Blanc Semillon—It takes six to eight months for those bees wax and oily notes from the Sem to come through and we’re just starting to see it. Classic white Bordeaux character! And the Reserve Meritage ’18 is beautiful right now, still young but showing well.”

In the winery, Mission Hill’s response to Covid-19 was rapid and effective. But it also allowed the winery to elevate its tasting experience across the board, including eliminating tasting bars and offer tasting by reservation only. Whether 45 minutes or three hours, every visit is now a private, curated experience with a full gamut of options from vineyard to cellar and tasting menu from which to choose.

Photo courtesy of Mission Hill Estate Winery

“It’s exciting. The property has a real life and a buzz to it,” says Brooker.


Top Toques: Mission Hill Family Estate Welcomes Blue Water Cafe and CinCin Ristorante

Join Mission Hill Family Estate Winery Chef Matthew Batey, and guest Chefs Frank Pabst and Todd Howard from acclaimed Vancouver restaurants — Blue Water Cafe and CinCin Ristorante — for the epicurean highlight of the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival.

Set in the elegant Chagall Room at Mission Hill, the Chefs will present an exclusive multi-course menu expertly paired with a compelling selection of wines drawn from the award winning Mission Hill Family Estate portfolio.

Friday, May 6
6:30 pm
$165.00 plus taxes

A one-hour wine and hors d’oeuvres reception will be followed by a six-course wine and food pairing dinner in the Chagall Room.
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The group had tested several new scenarios last fall, and the results were positive. In 2020, you can begin to experience it all just in time for Canada Day — nearly 40 years since von Mandl bet big on the Okanagan Valley.

The first thing to notice when you next visit is there will be fewer people.

While that fits with the current guidelines as per Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, it is more of a coincidence.

The experiences you can book at Mission Hill are going to get richer and far more personal. Groups can be as small as two and grow from there to include your bubble — for the time being.

For those who often say to me “I wish I had your job,” — you are going to get it, and you won’t have to take notes or write stories when you get home.

Part of the new experience, and you can expect a form of it all across wine country, begins with a reservation and a timed visit.

At Mission Hill, The Tasting at the Tower ($25, 30 mins) begins at the winery entrance and moves to the bell tower. You will be welcomed with a glass of wine before a planned seated and guided tasting of select reserve wines that showcase the richness and diversity of the Okanagan Valley.

There will be an intriguing A Taste of Single Vineyard Wines ($35, 60 mins) that explores the complexity of the Okanagan and the diversity of its microclimates and soil types. The tasting begins in the vineyard, where all wines are born, with a sommelier who will speak to the latest organic farming practices and why specific vines are planted at specific locations across the valley. A short film will follow, looking at the past, present, and future of Mission Hill, and it all ends with an intimate, guided tasting of single-vineyard wines from the Terroir Collection, sold only at the winery.


Anthony Von Mandl: Dream achiever

Anthony von Mandl's path from virtually penniless to owner of a company that generates $500 million in annual sales comes thanks to a wizard's mastery of marketing and a boundless self-assurance.

The Mark Anthony Group owner's rock-steady belief in himself has allowed him to take risks and achieve what he admits was an audacious dream: to build one of the world's 10 most recognized wineries in a region that almost nobody in the wine world had ever heard of.

It also made von Mandl “unrelentingly impatient with people not equal to his station in life or stature,” according to former business partner Nick Clark.

Back in 1981, when von Mandl was a 31-year-old known simply as Tony Mandl, he used money he had made as a wine rep and creator of a line of blended wines to buy the majority stake in his first winery. That risky investment, with partners Clark and David Simms, would evolve to be his flagship, Mission Hill Family Estate winery.

Simms left within the year but Clark stuck around until 1988, by which time he had watched a constantly revolving door of staff transform a venture near receivership into a profitable and successful enterprise.

Von Mandl's marketing savvy was near genius, said Clark and others who spoke with Business in Vancouver.

Clark calls von Mandl a “master” at spinning stories, creating brands and designing compelling products.

“My kids, who knew the difference between fact and story, affectionately labelled him as Tony Baloney,” Clark said.

Even the name Mark Anthony Group is an example of von Mandl's marketing touch – given that no one by that name ever worked in the business.

Von Mandl created the name because, he said, it has a “vaguely familiar” ring. Von Mandl has joked in speeches that the false name helped sales representatives know when someone was falsely trying to name-drop by saying that they “knew Mark.”

It also, he said, once got him an interview with a big customer who thought that the Latin singing sensation Marc Anthony was on the line.

Von Mandl took on substantial debt to buy Mission Hill, which was then known as Golden Valley winery. It had a dirt floor and few barrels. Interest rates were starting to soar so, von Mandl did whatever he could to make a buck. He turned to a sideline business that the winery had been in: making cider.

It was “awful” cider, von Mandl recounted in a speech to the Vancouver Board of Trade earlier this year, before explaining that he enlisted the help of “Swiss experts” to tweak the recipe, create a peach cider and generate huge sales.

Clark said the Swiss expert was actually winemaker Daniel Lagnaz, who was already in the Okanagan and just happened to be born in Switzerland.

Von Mandl put the fermented drink in brown stubby beer bottles and watched sales rise from 18,000 cases in the first year to several hundred thousand cases within a few years.

Not all was blue skies, however.

The new beer bottles he used were recycled into a float that was also used by the big breweries. He did not reuse the bottles and instead kept buying new ones. When breweries stopped using the bottles, the system collapsed.

The government required von Mandl and Clark to come up with several million dollars to buy back hundreds of thousands of the bottles. In a spark of inspiration, they created Clark's Great Canadian Beer, which was named after the brand's co-founder but with a design that paid tribute to explorers Lewis and Clark. They then got rid of the scratched bottles by selling them with the beer in a partnership with then-Alberta-based Safeway Export Corp., which wanted a Canadian beer to export to the U.S.

“The idea was to sell [the beer] at cost to recover the cost of the glass,” von Mandl said.

Another of von Mandl's ventures in the 1980s was to introduce Grupo Modelo's Corona-branded beer to Canadians. Sales surged for the unknown pale lager to “staggeringly high” volumes from a mere several hundred cases at Expo '86, according to von Mandl.

In 2007, the Mexican brewer pulled the rug out from under von Mandl by terminating his contract.

Frustrated, he decided to build his Turning Point Brewery on Annacis Island.

“It's an insane investment,” von Mandl said in a 2010 speech to the British Columbia Technology Industry Association. “We put $20 million into building a craft brewery that we could have done for $1 million.”

He fitted the brewery with new tanks, sophisticated beer-making technology and even an on-site wind turbine that towers 110 feet to power the “sustainable” venture.

The business has endured, and sales of the beer are going well, von Mandl said recently.

But the biggest win of his career, and one that helped finance his dream more than anything else, was Mike's Hard Lemonade.

He and staff created what von Mandl called the world's first spirit cooler in 1996, and sales soared across Canada. He then reformulated Mike's Hard Lemonade as a malt beverage for distribution in the U.S. three years later.

“Many people don't realize that Mike's, which has become an American beverage icon, was created here in Vancouver,” von Mandl said.

All the while, his focus remained on Mission Hill and its wines.

When von Mandl had what wine author John Schreiner calls an “expensive falling-out” with Lagnaz, von Mandl searched the globe for someone new. He recruited John Simes from New Zealand in 1992 and agreed to Simes' request to spend a considerable sum to buy 100 American oak barrels.

The investment paid off when Mission Hill won the Avery Trophy in 1994 for producing the best Chardonnay in the world at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London, England.

“That trophy caused a bit of a stir in Europe, although I don't think we were quite on the world wine map yet,” Schreiner said. “But being able to promote a wine as being the ‘world's best' did them a lot of good. It gave Anthony either the cash flow or the courage to buy vineyard land.”

Longtime B.C. winery owners, such as Time Estate Winery principal Harry McWatters and Quail's Gate Winery principal Tony Stewart, praise von Mandl's investments in the Okanagan, saying it helped put the region on the world map.

Indeed, Mission Hill is now a destination winery known for its iconic bell tower. Its restaurant has been ranked by Travel + Leisure magazine as being one of the top 5 winery restaurants in the world.

Von Mandl has at least a dozen other wine brands, and he shows no signs of stopping his empire's expansion.

He is building a high-end winery that will produce the Martin's Lane brand on land next to the CedarCreek Estate Winery site that he bought in January.

Mission Hill's Martin's Lane Pinot Noir last year won the nod as the world's best Pinot Noir in the “under £15” category at the Decanter World Wine Awards.

The goal is to have the winery ready to crush grapes this fall, von Mandl told BIV in April.

“We're tearing out totally good vineyards that nobody in their right mind would take out. We are taking them out and replanting because we know the perfect grape variety, the perfect clone, the perfect rootstock to plant there.”

He describes the project as “ambitious” and “mostly impossible.”

Von Mandl's track record leaves little room for question that the “impossible” will happen. One thing's beyond doubt, though: the unshakable confidence von Mandl has had in his own decision-making throughout his career is as alive as ever.


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