When Stefanie and Bernd Schales decided to call their winery “8th Generation” they really meant it. Their families have been making wine in Germany since 1783 – that’s a lot of history!
Stefanie studied architecture while Bernd followed the family tradition by becoming a winemaker. He studied at the State Academy for Viticulture & Oenologie of Weinsberg in Germany, and went on to make wine in Germany, New Zealand, and South Africa.
After immigrating to Canada from Germany, Stefanie and Bernd purchased their first vineyard, in Okanagan Falls, in 2003. In 2007, they bought the winery in Summerland. Our BCWAS September bus tour has been there twice, and each time the stop was one of our highlights!
8th Generation makes Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Meunier Rosé, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Syrah as well as two Frizzante-style sparkling wines and their flagship Rieslings. Stefanie is bringing 12 wines with her, so we’ll get to taste almost everything – we can hardly wait.
Wines being poured include:
2015 "Integrity" White Frizzante
2014 "Confidence" Rosé Frizzante
2015 Riesling Classic
2014 Riesling (Best Riesling in Canada at the 2015 All-Canadian Wine Championships)
2013 Riesling Selection
2015 Riesling Selection - tank sample
2015 Pinot Meunier Rosé
2012 Pinot Noir
2015 Red One
And because we know how much you love your wine and cheese, we’re also going to have a few platters from Les Amis du Fromage.
Date: Thursday April 21, 2016
Place: De Dutch Pannekoek House, Vancouver Convention Centre West, located in the western corner, lower (seawall) level, near the Olympic Torch.
Directions (transit): It’s a short walk from both Burrard and Waterfront Stations. From Burrard Station: walk down (north) on Burrard to the new Convention Centre. From Waterfront Station: walk west to the new Convention Centre. You can either walk west along Waterfront Rd to the Olympic Torch, then go across the plaza towards the water and down the stairs, or, follow the seawall along in front of the Convention Centre until you come to the restaurant.
Directions (driving): You can park under the Convention Centre West. Follow the signs for the seaplane terminal. Use the doors closest to the Tap & Barrel. Parking can be expensive, though. You may be able to find cheaper parking a few blocks away. As always, we recommend that you take transit, and we will provide you with a free ticket home.
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Contributors: Russell Ball
I'm a fan of great local wine and the passionate people who make it happen! Through the BCWAS and my personal blog Adventures in BC Wine I aim to share news about the fine wines and wineries of my home province, and my experiences exploring them with family and friends. Follow me on Twitter @RussellBall
Contributors: Kristal Kaulbach
I am very pleased to have been part of BCWAS almost right from the beginning – my first event was BCWAS’s third tasting, and I’ve been involved ever since! I am thrilled with all the support that we have from all of the wonderful owners and winemakers in our beautiful province, and of course, BCWAS couldn’t exist without you. Cheers, and see you at the next tasting!