A million-dollar expansion at a well-known Kelowna winery will see the Vibrant Vine expand to triple its current size.
The winery began the renovations late last year, and, according to events manager Valeria Verholen, should be ready for a soft opening May 15.
Verholen says one of the centrepieces of the expansion will be a new events hall, which will be able to hold 100 people.
“We do a lot of events, but they did not include any sitting down dinners, because we did not have the space,” Verholen says.
Along with the hall, the expansion will also see the wine shop double in size, the addition of a barrel cellar for VIP tastings and private events, and a slightly bigger cafe.
“There’s also a lot of surprises technology wise. We are very technology forward in terms of the decoration and art,” Verholen adds.
Verholen says the expansion will also allow the winery to feature live, local music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during peak season.
The Vibrant Vine sits in the Agricultural Land Reserve and, although future land use for the property is designated as a Resource Protection Area, the Agricultural Land Commission last year gave the winery permission to expand.
Wineries and cideries can be considered “farm use” of ALR land if they meet a series of requirements for the amount of land set aside for growing product, and using that product on the “farm.”
According to a City of Kelowna building permit, the expansion will cost the winery $995,000.
Opened by Wyn, Anthony, and Marion Lewis in 2010, the Vibrant Vine gained recognition when its WOOPS blend was awarded the “The Best White Wine in the World” at the 2013 World Wine Competition in Geneva, Switzerland.
According to the Vibrant Vine Facebook page, one of the final remaining bottles of the 2012 WOOPS was incorporated into the renovation, and “will now live forever as part of ‘the foundation’ of the new 2018 building”