Burrowing Owl Estate Winery is one of BC’s leading wineries, both from the perspective of the premium wines it produces, from the more than 100,000 tourists that visit the winery each year and from the leadership it has shown in embracing an environmentally responsible program from the top to the bottom of its operations.
Following on the initial leadership and vision of Proprietors Jim and Midge Wyse, their son and President Chris Wyse continues the winery’s commitment to environmental and ecological sustainability. The Wyse’s chose the name “Burrowing Owl” when the initial land purchase completed in 1993, after learning that the little owl may have lived in the area at one time, but had since become an endangered species. It is rarely found in the region today. 100% of the $3 tasting fee charged in the tasting room is given to the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of BC for their captive release program for Burrowing Owls and to SORCO (South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls). The wine shop alone raises close to $50,000 each year for these two organizations.
The commitment to the burrowing owl is only one of the many environmental practices that are inherent in the day-to-day operation at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery. The following is a list of many of the other areas where a commitment to the environment and the surrounding ecosystems has dictated the building/construction, operational and farming practices here.
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