LAST MONTH'S WINERY

Gray Monk
Estate Winery

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From the heart of British Columbia's Okanagan Valley,

welcome to Gray Monk Estate Winery, which was established

in 1972 by George and Trudy Heiss.  Working with the Heiss family,

Gray Monk is now proudly owned and operated by Andrew Peller Limited.

 

The Gray Monk Estate is comprised of 75 acres of lush vineyards overlooking Okanagan Lake, in addition to premium grapes sourced throughout the Okanagan Valley, to produce some of the world's finest wines.

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The name Gray Monk comes from one of the first grape varieties they produced - Pinot Gris.
In Austria and Hungary, this grape is called ‘Grauar Mönch’ hence the translation to ‘Gray Monk’.
The grape has a very distinctive blue-gray colored berry.

There is so much history behind Gray Monk! 

Gray Monk was founded by George and Trudy Heiss. George is originally from Austria and Trudy is originally from Germany, but they met at a hairdressing competition in Edmonton, AB. After starting their family, in the early 1970s George and Trudy made the decision to move out to the Okanagan Valley. With this move came a career change for both, as they decided to move away from hairdressing and toward the wine industry. When George and Trudy originally purchased the property that Gray Monk sits on, it was an orchard, but they were not interested in growing orchard fruit, so they decided to remove the original fruit trees and to plant wine grapes instead.

The original vineyard was planted in 1972. The Heiss family originally grew grapes for commercial wineries, but later decided that were not satisfied with what was being produced from their grapes. They then decided to try out making their own wine from vinifera varietals. In 1976, the Heiss family imported Pinot Gris, Pinot Auxerrois and Gewurztraminer root stock from Alsace, France. In doing so, they were the first to plant the Pinot Gris vine in Canada. When deciding upon a name for their future winery, it thus was only natural to incorporate a nod to its future claim to fame as well as George’s family history. “Gray Monk” is the English translation of the Austrian name for the Pinot Gris vine. After allowing for a few years for the vines to begin producing, Gray Monk opened its doors in 1982 and soon developed a favorable reputation, particularly for its fruit-forward white wines. The first vintage was produced out of a garage on the property and consisted of 125 cases. Since the first vintage, production has increased to over 100,000 cases per year. You can read more about their interesting history here!

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Aside from making award winning wine, Gray Monk Winery offers The Lookout Restaurant. Raise a glass, savour local bounty and bask in the view.  The Lookout Restaurant at Gray Monk Winery showcases the best of what the Okanagan has to offer in a casual elegant atmosphere.  Executive Chef Graham Momer will be curating a seasonal menu that celebrates and supports our local farmers.

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Open for lunch and dinner, with the “self-proclaimed” best patio view in the Okanagan Valley.  The Lookout Restaurant is true to its name! My husband and I had the pleasure of having lunch at The Lookout and had a wonderful experience! If you haven't been to The Lookout you MUST make a reservation soon to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere, beautiful view and exceptional food!
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and now we present...

October Featured Wines:

2020 Pinot Gris

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The grapes used in the Pinot Gris were selected from vineyards in the northern Okanagan Valley. The wine shows a delicate bronze blush in the glass. It has aromas of fine herbs, citrus and citrus peel. On the palate, the wine has a luscious texture with flavours of pear, apple and white peach. The wine is well balanced, with the residual sweetness plumping up the fruit in the classic Gray Monk style.

2019 Pinot Noir

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This Pinot Noir has a bright ruby red colour and a bouquet of red cherry and red currant fruit, accented by notes of earth, oak and a touch of spice. The light to medium-bodied frame is supported by soft elegant tannins and food-friendly acidity.  Juicy cherry and red berry flavours evolve on the palate and linger on the finish, with an added note of earth and delicate spice.

2020 Rosé

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Gray Monk’s own vineyard provides the grapes for our Rotberger and Gamay blend Rose. This copper pink rosé has wonderful aromas of wild strawberry, peach, melon and summer rose petals.The light to medium bodied, refreshing, medium-dry mouth-feel has flavours of orchard fruits and delicate red berries. Notes of rhubarb, red berry, pink grapefruit and peach linger on the refreshing finish.
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 Gray Monk is open and ready for your visit this fall! From standing tastings, reservations for a seated tasting experience, a delicious meal at

The Lookout to special events.. you'll want to plan your visit soon!

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A very special THANK YOU to Gray Monk Estate Winery for collaborating with us! We are so honoured to have your beautiful winery in our community and your award winning wines to enjoy!
xo Hello Sweet Bloom