Among top best wines in Canada
Celista Estate Winery is producing some of Canada’s best wines. This year the winery won four medals in the Finger Lakes New York International Wine Competition (Ortega (gold),Siegerrebe (silver),Inspired Madness and Oak Barrel Foch Reserve (both bronze) and two medals in the All Canadian Wine Championships (Siegerrebe (gold) and Marg’s Rose (silver). “We were pleased to have record sales this spring, summer and fall,” said Jake Ootes, owner of Celista Estate winery. “We sold out of Siegerrebe and Ortega mid-summer and Marg’s Rose in early fall.”
In a twelve-year period the winery has won over 110 medals. “We are overjoyed,” said Ootes, owner. “We are so proud of our team -- vineyard workers, tasting room staff, outside sales reps, social media manager and most of all our winemaker, Lee Holland. Lee has been our winemaker since start up. I am incredibly pleased for him. These awards are a testament to our staff’s incredible skills and dedication to make our winery a leader in the industry.”
The All Canadian Wine Championships is the oldest and one of the largest wine competitions in the country. In all competitions wines are blind tasted by professional judges including wine journalists, wine makers, wine retailers and wine educators.
“We aspire to be better each year--refining the grape growing and the wine making process.” The winery is the most northern grape winery in North America. “We are located on a perfect site for grape growing -- a distinct bowl among distant mountains and the proximity of Shuswap Lake. Our terrior - air flow, soil, sun exposure, water and moisture conditions -- is a major part of our success.“
Wine tasting are free. Celista Estate Winery also offers a wedding venue and wine club membership. In the off season wines can purchased on-line or at local stores around Shuswap Lake, Kamloops and Salmon Arm.
Celista Estate Winery is located on the north shore of Shuswap Lake, nine kilometers past Scotch Creek Provinicial Park, in the interior of British Columba.