151 Lee Road
Salt Spring Island, BC
New owners have taken over Saltspring Vineyards after founders Jan and Bill Harkley, easing into retirement, sold the business to career-changing physicians Devlin and Joanne McIntyre. The McIntyres – he is a surgeon and she is a general practitioner – have grown grapes since 1985 in a hobby vineyard in Abbotsford.
They are keen about wine: he was the Opimian Society’s top wine taster in British Columbia three times. They had been scouting for wine property as far afield as France when they discovered Saltspring Vineyards was for sale. While the McIntyres will still do some medicine on Saltspring Island, their focus has now switched to the winery.
Paul Troop, their winemaker, is one of British Columbia’s leading propagators of Blattner variety wines. This year, Saltspring Vineyards releases small quantities of both petite milo (a Blattner white) and cabernet libre (a Blattner red).