1445 Benvenuto Ave.
Brentwood Bay, BC
Rather than bringing Okanagan grapes to a Vancouver Island winery, in 2008, Church & State opened a second crush facility in a leased packing house in the south Okanagan. A second tasting room opened in 2010 on the winery’s Coyote Bowl Vineyard on Black Sage Road.
The Brentwood Bay winery, now focused on making sparkling wines, was launched originally as Victoria Estate Winery. It was drifting toward failure when a former tax lawyer and fish farm mogul, acquired it in 2004 and restructured the business. He hired California winemaking consultant Bill Dyer, formerly Burrowing Owl’s founding winemaker, and purchased vineyard land not far from Burrowing Owl. It is no coincidence that the wines have a stylistic relation to those of Burrowing Owl.
In 2009, Church & State added Australian-trained Jeff Del Nin, the former Burrowing Owl winemaker, to its staff in the Okanagan.