Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie, owners of Summerland's Okanagan Crush Pad (OCP), British Columbia's premier custom-crush winery facility, and home to Haywire and Bartier Scholefield wines, announce that Matt Dumayne has joined the team as associate winemaker, effective immediately. Originally from New Zealand, and with 25 vintages under his belt, crafting award-winning wine in Central Otago, California, Australia, and Oregon, Matt brings unparalleled insight and passion to the OCP cellar. Matt works with chief winemaker Michael Bartier and his team.
Okanagan Crush Pad is a winery based in Summerland BC, which is home to Haywire and Bartier Scholefield wines, and also makes wine for other BC vintners. On the heels of Okanagan Crush Pad's second vintage, with more than a dozen clients, and 80 separate lots of wine in the cellar, the time has come to engage more winemaking talent.
Owner Christine Coletta remarks "We are so fortunate that after two intense harvests, that we have retained our original cellar team. This is tell-tale to their dedication to Michael Bartier and belief in our winery's philosophy. As we have come to need more horsepower in the cellar," she continues, "we're really thrilled Matt is joining us. He has the perfect skill set to complement our current cellar team. His diverse winery experience in his native home, New Zealand, where custom crush facilities are common, along with biodynamic farming, will help ensure a seamless transition into the work of our team."
Matt, who developed his zeal for making BC wine following a vintage working with Randy Picton at Nk'Mip Cellars in Osoyoos, is keen to apply his international experience and help the OCP team shape the future of the BC wine industry. "I see many similarities between where the BC wine industry is now, and where New Zealand was a decade ago." he says. "I see the potential for what can be done here and look forward to bringing that to life."
About Okanagan Crush Pad:
From its ponderosa-surrounded location in beautiful Summerland, BC, Okanagan Crush Pad (OCP) is a winery that is home to Haywire and Bartier Scholefield wines, and also makes wines for other BC vintners who are seeking to establish their own wine brands.
With an experienced team comprised of British Columbian-born talent combined with international consultants, Okanagan Crush Pad creates small lot, vineyard-driven 100% BC wines. This is the first facility of this kind in Canada, where a team of industry leading consultants offers diverse services to the wine industry (including Italy's Alberto Antonini and Chile's Pedro Parra, two international stars in the wine world).
Public visitors to this unique winery are in awe as they pass the vines enroute to the graffiti-mural exterior that welcomes them to the modern O Tasting Lounge, set right in the heart of the production facility. They get a rare glance into the art of winemaking, and then surprise sets in when they spot the row of egg shaped concrete fermentation tanks, that are only one of the distinctive aspects of this high end, small lot, custom winemaking facility.
By watching the cellar team in action, visitors learn how OCP composes wines that are definitive expressions of each vineyard where their grapes are grown. Those who want to relax on the Crush Pad Patio are invited to bring a picnic to pair with the wines, and THE Club @ Crush Pad offers a way to stay connected all year long. Club members receive limited release offerings in addition to discounts on wine delivered to their door by buying direct on line at okanagancrushpad.com.