Summerhill Pyramid Winery: Committed to Organic and Biodynamic Practices
Organic winemaking practices have been an integral part of Summerhill since the Kelowna vineyard was purchased by the Cipes family in 1986. Producing wine organically has a very meaningful benefit to the environment, and some scientists suggest that eating organic foods greatly benefits our health as well. Aside from these benefits, we believe that organic practices allow for the grapes in our vineyards to honestly express their surroundings, providing deep, terroir-driven qualities that are a true articulation of Okanagan terroir.
Summerhill is committed to producing 100% organic wine, and has received Demeter Biodynamic certification for our Kelowna vineyard in 2012. Certified organic status was achieved in our cellar in 2007, allowing us to display the Canadian certified organic logo on our bottles, ensuring that a level of quality and purity can be expected by the consumer.
A Self-Guided Tour through Okanagan's Great Indidgenous History
On the winery land there is a self guided walking tour of the Mallam Cabin ( the cabin of one of the original settlers in the area, Henry Cecil Mallam), Makwala Kekuli, Summerhill organic vineyards and The Summerhill Pyramid.
The Kekuli is a replica of the sacred earth house used by the indigenous peoples for centuries as their winter home. The Kekuli was dedicated to the memory of it’s major builder, Makwala Derrickson Hall (18) who was killed by the bull in the rodeo ring shortly after he and his family and friends finished rebuilding (the original replica of a Kekuli was built by Makwala' s father, Ron Hall in 1996) Kekuli in July 2010. The Makwala Kekuli and the adjacent Mallam Cabin are Canada’s only First Contact Exhibit. The cabin is restored and furnished in it’s original 1800’s condition and is open for touring in small groups of up to ten with no reservation required.
The First Nation and Summerhill have agreed to three rules in reverence for the ancestors:
No alcohol or drugs in or near the Kekuli
All entering must know the sacredness and observe no idle talk while in the “womb”
No ceremony without the permission of The West Bank First Nation
The Pyramid at Summerhill Pyramid Winery
The knowingness of eternity awaits us in this sacred chamber. The word Py-ra-mid means "fire in the middle". We all have this fire in the middle. It is our hearts, our souls. We are mostly liquid and we are affected just like the wine is effected. The effect is clarification. If a wine has a flaw in it, the flaw is accentuated. If the wine has good qualities, they are enhanced. We humans are mostly liquid so when we enter this sacred chamber, it is a grand opportunity to clarify our own inner selves. This chamber helps us to get to the knowingness of who we are. We are electrical in nature, with impulses running from our brains through our spinal columns. We are receivers, we are conduits, and this chamber enhances our receptiveness, opening the left and right sides of our brains, much like the dolphins, whales, and elephants who are in touch with Essence, the all-one ‘soul of the world’.
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