If all goes to plan, Penticton’s first downtown winery will be open this weekend.
Assuming TIME Winery passes its final inspections this week to obtain its occupancy permit, the business should be able to hold a soft opening Saturday (July 7).
Christa-Lee McWatters Bond says construction delays associated with transforming the former Penmar Theatre into a winery pushed back the opening a bit later than they’d originally planned, but they are excited to finally open the doors.
TIME Winery’s parent company ENCORE Vineyards also announced Wednesday the appointment of Graham Pierce as director of winemaking. He joins the company from Black Hills Estate Winery in Oliver.
“We have been industry friends with Graham for many years,” says Harry McWatters, CEO of ENCORE Vineyards.
“It is great to have him join our team. His pedigree of winemaking and knowledge in handling Okanagan fruits will allow Evolve Cellars, McWatters, and TIME Winery to continue making exceptional BC VQA certified wines that is a reflection of the land where the grapes are grown and the talented people who craft them.”
A grand-opening party is expected to take place later this fall.