Work on massive project above Bella Vista Road still halted following drainage concerns

Vineyard still on hold

Work on a massive vineyard project along Bella Vista Road in Vernon is still on hold, months after flooding concerns were raised by area residents.

The winery is being built by Frind Properties, which is owned by tech mogul Markus Frind, and has cleared hundreds of acres in the Bella Vista hills.

The City of Vernon ordered work be stopped on the property in February after drainage concerns from surrounding homeowners.

Several homes had water running through their yards, prompting the city to halt the project.

"City staff continue to work with the property owner on the required stormwater management plans," the city says.

"Limited work has been permitted on site during this time. At such time as all permitting requirements are met, the property owner will be able to resume full work activities on the site."

Frind, founder of the online dating site Plenty of Fish, has been working on the 900-acre parcel of land that stretches from below The Rise Golf Course to above Bella Vista Road since 2019.

Frind also owns Frind Estate Beach Winery in West Kelowna on the former Bennett property.

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