Liquidity Winery, Bistro & Gallery
Nestled in the heart of Okanagan Falls between the stunning vistas of lakes Vaseux and Skaha in the unique landscape of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, Liquidity has been producing and selling award-winning grape varietals to well known B.C. wineries for over 20 years.
The Liquidity vineyard has soil and aspect comparable to the Blue Mountain vineyards. Slightly higher in elevation, it also commands excellent views of Vaseux Lake and the mountains beyond. Blue Mountain’s Ian Mavety farmed the property in the 1970s with his former partner, Alan Brock. The property was renamed Adelheid’s Vineyard after it was purchased in 1991 by Rolland and Heidi Heller (she preferred to be called Heidi, not Adelheid). The Hellers, 1982 emigrants from Germany, decided to retire to a vineyard after a decade in telecommunications in Edmonton. They began planting vines in 1992. Several years later, retirement to a vineyard lost its appeal; the Hellers sold and retired to Vancouver Island. One of the subsequent owners built the Santa Fe style home. Because it is on a hilltop and commands panoramic views, it was frequently mistaken for a winery even though there were no plans for a winery.
In 2005, Gordon Pekrul, an Okanagan-born developer of housing in Arizona, bought the vineyard with a winery in mind. Those plans were abandoned after the collapse of the real estate market in the United States three years later. In 2009, the property was acquired by a group of businessmen and wine enthusiasts led by Ian MacDonald, a Vancouver businessman. With adequate resources behind them, the group renovated the Santa Fe house to add a tasting room and a bistro, which opened in 2013. They also built a functional and well-equipped winery in time for winemaker Matt Holmes to crush the 2012 vintage there. In previous vintages, Liquidity made small volumes of wine at another winery while selling most of its grapes.
Ian MacDonald is Liquidity’s hands-on manager because of his interest in viticulture. Born in Montreal in 1954, the grandson of a farmer, he worked in Calgary in the 1980s as a vice-president of sportswear-maker Sunice, an official supplier to the 1988 Winter Olympics. “I fell in love with the Olympics,” Ian says. He formed a company called Moving Products Inc., which has been involved in arranging non-athletic uniforms at every Olympics since then. He and his partners, Calgary business executives, had looked for good vineyard property for several years before this property on Allendale Road came onto the market.
The vineyard has four hectares of mature vines, notably Pinot Noir, that Rolland Heller had planted. Another four hectares on the prime south-facing slope has been replanted. After taking over, Liquidity’s owners converted the vineyard to efficient drip irrigation. They have installed moisture sensors and a weather station. Soil analysis has revealed that the vineyard has good soils for growing quality grapes.
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