The 2016-17 InterVin International Wine Awardsresults are in and Nk’Mip Cellars has been recognized as a national icon for producing world-class wines. Awarded the prestigious title of Canadian Winery of the Year and second overall in the Winery of the Year ranking. InterVin Head Judge Christopher Waters was impressed with Nk’Mip Cellars’ consistently high standards and superb new releases.
Having secured a place in the InterVin International Wine Awards Top 10 Winery of the Year line up for the last five consecutive years, North America’s First Aboriginal Owned and Operated Winery consistently gains domestic and international attention and acclaim for its high quality wine. Three of Nk’Mip’s new premium table wine releases gained recognition for excellence at this year’s competition with the 2014 Qwam Qwmt Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2014 Qwam Qwmt Merlot and the 2015 Qwam Qwmt Riesling Icewine all winning gold medals. In addition the winery also picked up 6 silver and 5 bronze medals for its various other wines.
The InterVin International Wine Awards consisted of a three-day intense blind tasting, where the InterVin judges were faced with a collection of more than 1,300 wines from 16 countries, which resulted in awarding 48 gold, 222 silver and 555 bronze medals.
Randy Picton, Senior Winemaker at Nk’Mip said, “I’m extremely pleased with the results, it’s fantastic to see Nk’Mip recognized as Canadian Winery of the Year, and to be ranked so highly overall is a great achievement for both the winery, and its wines. I feel very fortunate to be part of such a talented and innovative team. ”
Having been with the winery since its inception in 2002, Senior Winemaker Randy Picton never underestimates the importance of the attention to detail that goes into growing the best grapes and producing excellent wine. This philosophy of quality and care continues inside the winery, ensuring the expression of the vineyard is deliciously represented in every bottle produced.
The winery’s mandate is to produce wines made from grapes grown on indigenous native soils and the vineyards produces some of the most prized grapes in the Okanagan Valley. Each vintage that Nk’Mip produces is made with authenticity and reflects the winery’s colourful past, and to this day the winery continues to celebrate this rich heritage and culture.