A small, family run, organic winery has shown size doesn’t matter when competing at big league wine competitions.
Kalala Organic Estate Winery has taken its second Gold Medal at the Chardonnay du Monde. The company operates on a sliver of land in West Kelowna.
The winery was started by Karnail Singh Sidhu who says this award proves something he already knew, their Chardonnay Icewine is 'liquid gold.'
“It feels great to be awarded this kind of award when you are a small tiny little guy on one little corner of BC,” said an excited Sidhu. “It says a lot for us, it says a lot about our wine quality. It says we do grow quality grapes and we do make a quality wine.”
Anyone who produces chardonnay in the world can enter and Kalala was the only winery in Canada to medal or come into the top 10.
“It is really nice for us to get this recognition from a highly regarded award for such a small winery, working from such small little grass,” laughs Sidhu.
Kalala won their first gold medal at the event for their 2007 Chardonnay icewine at the 2010 competition.
"We don’t produce a Chardonnay icewine every year, but we felt this vintage would stand up to our 2007. We’re so proud to have been awarded a gold medal again,” said Kalala Winemaker Tibor Erdelyi.
The Chardonnay du Monde is held annually in France with over 300 international expert judges and over 900 wines sampled.
Sidhu says their success is because his team never stops working.
“I totally believe that if you can grow good organic grapes then you can make excellent wine out of it.”
The award winning chardonnay grapes were planted by the Sidhus' themselves in 2003 and are located right beside their home, which is at the vineyard.
“It really speaks to the input from the people we have working here. We have a great group of people that work here and we work like a family. That is part of our success, everybody who works here is like a family member to me and we take care of each other,” said Sidhu.