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City supports apple vodka

Despite not knowing much about it City Council has thrown its support behind an apple vodka venture.

The idea is the brainchild of Blair and Kelly Wilson, owners of an apple orchard on Wallace Hill Road in Southeast Kelowna.

The operation would include an apple vodka distillery and tasting room.

According to land use planner, Melanie Steppuhn the apple vodka tasting room follows guidelines set out by the Agricultural Land Commission for wineries and cideries and tasting rooms.

The still itself would be about 12 feet tall and visible from behind a glass window in the tasting room.

"The applicant has indicated that the distillery will require more apples than they currently produce until their smaller trees increase their production," stated Steppuhn.

"Until then, they will purchase apples from other farms to supplement their distillery production."

Councillor Mohini Singh said she fully supports the proposal.

"I read this application with a lot of interest. Not because I'm a vodka drinker, but because I have never heard of apple vodka," said Councillor Mohini Singh.

"While this is a non-farm use I think it's a welcome addition to the farming industry. It's a value added product."

The application will now go before the Agricultural Land Commission for final approval.


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