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Ingo Grady Launches the Hermit Wine Company

Posted on February 10, 2020

Osoyoos, B.C.—Ingo Grady, an icon in the British Columbian wine industry, is thrilled to announce his first winemaking venture, The Hermit. “The Hermit is a new Okanagan red wine that doesn’t want to be like others,” says Grady. “I wanted to capture the essence of the Okanagan in a bold style that says, ‘pour me another glass’.” 

Grady took inspiration for The Hermit from a period in French wine history when Bordeaux vintners blended their wines with Syrah from the Rhône Valley for added strength—a practice known as hermitagé. By adding a dollop of Syrah to a Bordeaux-style blend, Grady has created a deliciously fresh and distinctly Okanagan blend.

His proprietary Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant blend also features the added dimensions of Malbec (18%), Syrah (14%), and Petit Verdot (9%). All the fruit is from the Osoyoos Lake benches, both east and west. Here, the poor, well-drained soils stress the vines, resulting in intensely concentrated fruit.

Grady and his vineyard manager share the belief that when it comes to good wine, being true to a place is just as important as deliciousness; when the two come together, the result is deeply satisfying. Adds Grady, “Above all, our objective is to make The Hermit a delicious wine that is complementary to food. In our house, simplicity and kindness are the fundamental values by which we gather around a table for any occasion. That is the style we want for The Hermit: approachable and generous.”

Noted Vancouver-based wine journalist, Anthony Gismondi clearly agrees, scoring the inaugural vintage of The Hermit 89 points. He wrote: “This is a pleasantly soft, juicy, easy-sipping red with a dusting of spice that slides down effortlessly.” 

The Hermit label artwork is as unconventional as this Okanagan blend. It was designed and painted by Ellsworth H. Overton (oil #412), a notable artist based in Melbourne, Australia with deep roots in British Columbia’s Cariboo region. He is also the uncle of Grady’s wife, Patti Ogden.  

About Ingo Grady

Ingo Grady is no rookie when it comes to red blends. During a career that spans several decades, he cut his teeth alongside celebrated winemakers, including Bernard Portet (Clos du Val), Ann Sperling (CedarCreek), Bill Dyer (Burrowing Owl), Howard Soon (Sandhill), Christian Moueix (Ch. Petrus and Dominus), Chuck Wagner (Caymus), John Simes (Mission Hill), Phil McGahan (CheckMate), Ross Wise, and Olivier Humbrecht (Phantom Creek).

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