Corcelettes Estate Winery is set to start the new year off with a bang! Having recently acquired Herder Winery and Vineyards, 2015 marks the start of a new era for Corcelettes Winery. Early in the new year, the Corcelettes team will begin the movefrom their current location in Cawston to their new location, the previous home of Herder Winery in Keremeos.
Charlie Baessler, Co-owner and Winemaker of Corcelettes explained, “We are thrilled to announce that we will be moving our wine tasting experience and wine production facility to Upper Bench Road in Keremeos. From our passion to your palete, our new facility, which overlooks the beautiful Similkameen Valley will allow us to better serve our visitors. We are excited to soon offer a patio-style experience where we’ll encourage our guests to try their luck at the par 3 golf course or enjoy a walk through the vineyard while savouring our fine wines”.
Not only is their winemaking facility expanding, but the Corcelettes family is also growing. The Corcelettes ownership team will now include Charlie, his partner Jesce, his parents Urs and Barbara, and their new partners, Gord and Diane Peters. Long time friends of the Baesslers, Gord and Diane have worked many long nights crushing grapes with the Corcelettes team, which fueled their own passion for the wine industry.
Charlie, who worked at Herder Winery when it was first established on Upper Bench Road in Keremeos, was also pleased to announce that Sharon Herder would be staying on to help with the transition. “We are excited to be working with Sharon as we continue the legacy started here many years ago.”
Jesce Walker, Co-owner & Sales and Marketing Manager explained, “Although we are in early days, we are in discussion to brand the infamous Josephine red blend and perhaps other Herder trademarks under our Corcelettes brand.” They also aim to add some other new labels to the already familiar and notorious Corcelettes wine portfolio.
With their new winemaking facility, Corcelettes has a modest production goal of 2,500-3,000 cases in the years to follow. Charlie explained, “Corcelettes will focus on producing premium, high-quality wines from a combination of estate grown grapes as well as grapes from our local growers. With both a meticulous viticulture program and a reactive cellar style, we aim to bring this already dynamic property to its maximum potential and express what is truly Similkameen in our wines.”
In the days, weeks and months ahead, the Corcelettes team will be busy working in their new winery and vineyard as they prepare for their official opening in late spring/early summer 2015. Stay tuned, as they have exciting plans for winemaker dinners and other special events showcasing their new property.