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.

Winery Hours

Daily from 11am to 5pm

Happy Hour

Monday – Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm

THE TEAM

Christine Coletta, Owner

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. 

She went on to spend nine years as the founding executive director of the BC Wine Institute and Wines of Canada where she was instrumental in establishing the region’s appellation system and growing market share. She then spent 14 years consulting in the field of marketing, branding and communications and had the privilege of working with many global and domestic wine brands including Wines of Australia, Wines of Chile, and the Washington Wine Commission. A solitary moment in a new vineyard in Chile’s Leyda Valley convinced Christine that she needed her own place. After sharing her excitement with Steve, they settled on the Okanagan as that place. The journey began in earnest in 2005 when Christine and Steve bought an old orchard in Summerland, BC. The following year they planted the 10-acre site with Pinot Gris and named it Switchback Vineyard. Three years later, after a lot of trial and labour, a tiny crop capable of making 168 cases was harvested. Curiosity won out over practicality, Haywire wines were launched, and there was no turning back. In 2011 Christine and Steve opened Okanagan Crush Pad, an innovative custom winemaking facility, to give Haywire a home. The winery has now grown to produce 45,000 cases annually. Christine is widely acknowledged as a driver for change and betterment in the wine sector and one of the industry’s most innovative marketing experts. She has been recognized with several awards for her work and is known for her “just do it” attitude. She is currently the chair of the BC Hospitality Foundation, the Okanagan Similkameen representative on the BC Wine Authorities Wine Industry Advisory Committee and a director of the BC Wine Information Center.

Steve Lornie, Owner

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, Chief Winemaker

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.

Matt has lived in the Okanagan Valley, BC since 2011 and joined Okanagan Crush Pad in 2013. He has been integral in evolving the style of Okanagan Crush Pad’s wine labels: Haywire, Narrative, and the most recently launched Free Form tier. He employs minimal winemaking practices and focuses on expressing the unique terroir of the Okanagan. Today, he lives on the winery’s 320-acre Garnet Valley Ranch in Summerland with the sheep herd.

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OKANAGAN CRUSHPAD

16576 Fosbery Road

Summerland, BC

V0H 1Z6, Canada

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