Okanagan Crush Pad has quickly built a reputation as a premium producer and has received many awards and accolades since its launch in 2011 with chief winemaker Matt Dumayne at the helm. Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie created Okanagan Crush Pad as a purpose-built custom crush facility. From here, their own wines, Haywire, Narrative and now Free Form are made. Located in beautiful Summerland, BC, the winery overlooks Switchback Organic Vineyard, a site that is home to chickens and ducks. Dumayne and his cellar team craft unadulterated wines using state-of- the-art concrete tanks, native yeast and minimal winemaking intervention. The wines reflect the region’s unique high mountain/northern desert setting noted for its intensely hot, short growing season with hallmark cool evenings.
Visitors to the guest centre, built into the heart of the production facility, get a rare glance into the art of fine winemaking and distilling, and can sample and purchase a wide range of wines and spirits made onsite.
Daily from 11am to 5pm
Monday – Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
Christine Coletta and her husband Steve Lornie own Okanagan Crush Pad, a family-run winery located in Summerland, BC, that is home to their Haywire, Narrative and Free Form wine labels. Christine started her working life in the restaurant industry in Vancouver where she was first introduced to wine. Years of volunteering with the wine industry sealed her love – not only of wine, but the people in Vancouver’s wine trade. In 1990, she was offered a job she could not refuse – to revitalize British Columbia’s tiny floundering wine industry.
Steve has been instrumental in the development of Okanagan Crush Pad, Switchback Organic Vineyard, and the company’s 320-acre Garnet Valley Ranch in Summerland, BC, where 45-acres of high density grapevines have been planted as of June 2018. Steve spent 38 years of his working life in the construction and development industry, before moving into winery ownership. His two highly successful companies, Fairmile Construction and Stonecroft Management have built dozens of residential, industrial and commercial buildings in BC. Steve understands the design, permitting, budgeting, financing, and construction processes and pitfalls and has steered Okanagan Crush Pad in a highly positive direction in a very condensed period of time. Steve oversees the critical component of our planning: winery and vineyard expansion. Steve is past chair of Independent Contractors and Businesses Association and is currently a director of Partnerships BC.
Matt Dumayne was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand. After completing Auckland University of Technology and Eastern Institute of Technology’s wine courses in Hawke’s Bay, he launched his winemaking career in 1998. Matt worked for eight years under the guidance of Grant Taylor, one of the world’s most awarded Pinot Noir winemakers. There he gained a unique understanding of the various microclimates and pockets of terroir that make this southerly region so exciting, while creating wines for award-winning labels such as Bald Hills and Valli Vineyards. Wanting to make expressive, yet delicately balanced Pinots with savory complexity, Matt travelled to Oregon during the New Zealand winters, increasing his winemaking skills at Panther Creek Cellars, Archery Summit, Patricia Green Cellars, and Bergström Wines. He also made wine for a vintage each at Pine Ridge Winery on the Silverado Trail in Napa, and at Stella Bella Wines in Margaret River, Australia.
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