Painted Rock Estate Winery
Proprietors: John and Trish Skinner
Winemaker: Alain Sutre (Bordeaux consultant), Gabriel Reis (Assistant Wine Maker)
Viticulturist: Barry Green
Vineyard Size: 10.1 hectares
Key Grape Varieties: Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Syrah
Production: 6,000 cases
Wines: Chardonnay, Rosé, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Red Icon
Painted Rock began with John and Trish Skinner's belief that the Okanagan Valley had enormous, largely unrealized, potential. While the area was long known for producing some of the world's finest fruit, it was the wines produced from the 1980's "Vinifera Program" (where vineyards were paid to remove high producing, inferior hybrids and plant vivifera) that convinced the Skinner's that the Okanagan would one day be an internationally recognized wine region. John knew that if they wanted to be involved, and make an impact, they had to move quickly. The goal was simple: find the best property and apply the most aggressive mandate for quality. Their extensive search took nearly three years and ended when they found "The Black Hawk", a spectacular 60 acre bench on Skaha Lake in Penticton. In 2004 they purchased what was once "the largest apricot orchard in the British Commonwealth". The orchard had been felled in the 1980's and had lain fallow since.
Detailed analysis of the property occurred for the next year while the site was prepared and the property was planted in 2005. Envisioned as a family-run estate winery, the assumption was that this could be some of the finest "terroir" in the world and it was their job to deliver on its promise. From expertise to equipment to mandate the commitment was and remains uncompromising. According to John Skinner, "If Painted Rock is going to compete with the best in the world we must have confidence in our terroir and allow it to express its uniqueness. That's why we are 100% Estate."
Envisioned as a legacy family business "Painted Rock" is anchored in family values and a shared vision. This was wonderfully reinforced when 500 year old native pictographs were discovered at the back of the property and inspired the name Painted Rock. John's long deceased father was a passionate archeologist so this symbolized the relevance of history, the importance of place, and the extension of family. The legacy continued in 2015 when John and Trish's daughter, Lauren Skinner, having completed her MBA in Bordeaux several years prior, joined Painted Rock as the Business Development Manager.
It is now 12 years since the planting of Painted Rock's estate and the property is living up to its potential in every regard. The wines have won numberous awards since the wineries inception including two Lieutenat Governors Awards in the first vintage and "Winery of the Year" at the 2014/2015 InterVin International Wine Awards.
400 Smythe Drive
Penticton, B.C. V2A 8W6
Tasting Room Hours
April 30 – Oct 31st
Open Daily from 11am-5:30pm
Open by appointment.
Picnic Area – Cheese and Charcuterie