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World's best Chardonnay

A West Kelowna winery is on top of the world.

Kalala Organic Estate Winery's Chardonnay was named best in the world at the Chardonnay du Monde competition in France.

Kalala has placed in the Top 10 twice before (2010 and 2014), but this year marks its biggest win yet.

Of 782 wines from 39 countries, Kalala's 2013 Chardonnay Icewine received the highest number of points in the prestigious competition.

“This is a great honour, not only for us, but for Canada and the Okanagan,” said Kalala owner and viticulturist Karnail Singh Sidhu. “This is a very competitive competition, so it is wonderful to be recognized at this level, among some of the best winemakers in the world.”

The competition included 300 international judges, with a strict focus on quality. A total of 259 medals were awarded to participants, including 63 gold and 196 silver.

“Our 2013 Chardonnay Icewine uses certified organic grapes that were grown in West Kelowna at the Catana vineyard,” said Sidhu, who has more than 20 years of experience in organic agriculture.

“Awards like this one continue to put both Kalala and the Okanagan on the global map. The Okanagan is still a young wine region, but through these competitions, we are able to share our success and incredible wines with the world.”

The winery produced 1,220 litres of the vintage, which underwent a slower, 68-day fermentation and partial barrel aging. 

Kalala is located on West Kelowna's Upper Bench and was founded in 2006. The vineyards were deemed certified organic in September 2010.

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