Our #FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – Hester Creek Estate Winery


This delightful wine was one of the first we tasted at Bubbles and Brunch at Terrafina at Hester Creek by RauDZ for Chef meets BC Grape Okanagan Wine & Food Experience –  a BC VQA Okanagan Valley Hester Creek Estate Winery Trebbiano 2016 Easily a favourite any time of the year it is especially enjoyable with family and friends during the holidays. Trebbiano would make an ideal New Year’s Eve selection, or anytime you feel like celebrating during the holidays. We also recommend Trebbiano as a hostess gift. You would indeed be a very popular Santa!

Old VinesTrebbiano

Block 16

Vintage: 2016
Price: $23.95 (BC)
Availability: Winery, online, Bench Club, select restaurants CSPC: 54031
UPC: 626990125341

Harvest Report: The 2015/16 winter was relatively mild with no extended periods of major freezing, resulting in uniform bud break. Spring was one of the driest on record; in fact, Growing Degree Days (GDDs) was the highest ever recorded in May. These warm, dry conditions resulted in bud break being two weeks earlier than anticipated. The warm temperatures continued through June, suggesting that harvest could commence as much as a month earlier than normal. However, temperatures changed in July; it was, in fact, the fourth coldest July on record. This cooling July trend, combined with some unseasonal rain, slowed down the ripening process resulting in beautifully complex flavours. Cool fall nights ensured great acid structure, making the 2016 vintage outstanding for both whites and reds. Harvest commenced in early September, much earlier than normal.

Winemaking: To get the best expression of character from the fruit of these 49-year-old vines, there is minimal intervention in the winery. After de-stemming, half the berries are lightly crushed and the other half left intact in order to strike the right balance between flavour and structure. Carefully selected yeasts and a cool ferment result in a bright and lively wine.

Tasting Notes: Aromas of tropical melon, grapefruit, papaya and clover encompass our unique and coveted Old Vines Trebbiano. This refreshing white offers up a crisp, clean palate with tropical, fresh minerality. We suggest pairing it with fresh Okanagan goat cheese, or BC coastal seafood dishes.

Winemaker Specs:
Harvest Date: September 2016 Bottling Date: February 2017 Blend: Trebbiano
Production: 1200 cases

Aging: enjoy it now

About Hester Creek Estate Winery

At Hester Creek Estate Winery, our roots run deep. As one of the oldest wine properties in the South Okanagan, we are graced with historic vineyards and a modern winery. A pioneer on the Golden Bench, our vineyard was first planted with classic varietals in 1968.  Blending traditional, sustainable vineyard practices and innovative winemaking with a state of the art cellar, our wines reflect our celebrated terroir. A destination winery, Hester Creek offers a gracious wine country welcome to guests, with premium old vines wines, and unique True Wine Experiences.

Learn more at HesterCreek.com



The closing event for this spectacular weekend was a decadent brunch featuring bubblies, rosés, and a selection of Certified BC Wines. Hosted at the 105-acre Mediterranean-influenced Hester Creek Estate Winery on the Golden Mile Bench, Chefs Rod Butters, Jenna Pillon, Brock Bowes, Ryan O’Flynn, Duncan Ly, Jinhee Lee and guest chefs created a divine menu filled with local, in-season ingredients, perfectly paired with a variety of local BC VQA bubbles.


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