Over a few glasses of wine, we came up with the name of Hidden Chapel Winery
The story began in 2005 when the property was purchased. It’s attributes included a gorgeous setting overlooking neighbouring vineyards, beautiful gardens & a little chapel nestled amongst the pine trees at the back of the property. The vineyard of cabernet sauvignon grapes was planted in spring 2006. Over the next few years, the 1000 square foot cellar mimicking the European stone underground caves for aging wine in a natural environment & the winery building housing the manufacturing area & future tasting room were constructed. In 2009 we obtained our official wine license to produce wine and the fun began. Over a few glasses of wine, we came up with the name of Hidden Chapel Winery. In 2011, the wine shop was finished in a quaint, cozy style featuring some antique stained glass panels taken from an old building in downtown Vancouver. The tasting bar was constructed from reclaimed ornately carved wooden columns and a bar top made from a solid timber beam found behind an old barn and re-finished was constructed. Our wines were finally offered to the public!
Deborah Wilde, the original owner of Hidden Chapel Winery, after the initial concept & building of the winery, is pleased to welcome Rudy Tomazic as a business partner. Deborah’s background is Real Estate, she found this gorgeous property, loved the gardens & the Chapel and had a dream to build a winery. Rudy’s background is Real Estate as well but his family also owns a winery in Slovenia “Tomazic Kmetija” translated “Tomazic Farm” which incidentally has an underground cellar, not unlike Hidden Chapel’s to age their wine in. Rudy also learned to make wine at a young age as he watched his father make wine. Together, Deborah & Rudy, as well as family and a lot of friends, have helped build the winery into the successful business it is today! Their goal is to take Hidden Chapel Winery to the next level and make it one of the most popular, boutique wineries in the South Okanagan!
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