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Two of the Okanagan Valley's Pioneering Winemaking Families Come
KELOWNA, Okanagan Valley, BC, Jan. 24, 2014 /CNW/ -CedarCreek Estate Winery Proprietor Senator Ross Fitzpatrick and Anthony
von Mandl, Proprietor of VMF Estates (von Mandl Family Estates) jointly
announced today an agreement to transfer ownership of CedarCreek Estate
Winery to VMF Estates.
"Our family has long admired the pioneering achievements of Ross, Linda,
and Gordon Fitzpatrick," said Anthony von Mandl. "The Fitzpatrick
family has consistently produced some of the top wines in the Okanagan
Valley. Our family would like to pay tribute to the exceptional work of
CedarCreek Founder, Senator Ross Fitzpatrick, whose vision has not only
built one of the most respected estate wineries in British Columbia,
but has been instrumental in making the Okanagan wine industry what it
CedarCreek Estate Winery has been recognized twice as 'Canadian Winery
of the Year' and was one of the first eight wineries in the Okanagan
Valley. The success of CedarCreek is rooted in the vision of Senator
Ross Fitzpatrick. Born and raised in the Okanagan, he fulfilled his
boyhood dreams by returning to the Okanagan Valley to acquire an
orchard and small vineyard near Kelowna and naming it CedarCreek.
CedarCreek owns some of the Valley's most desirable vineyards in Kelowna
and Osoyoos. CedarCreek was not up for sale, however when approached by
Anthony von Mandl, the Fitzpatricks saw another family with a shared
vision for the Okanagan Valley who would continue their family legacy
for generations to come.
Commenting on the purchase, Senator Ross Fitzpatrick stated: "The
CedarCreek philosophy of respect the land, honour tradition and pursue
perfection has guided us well over the last 27 years, up to and
including this final transaction. I cannot imagine a better place for
CedarCreek given Anthony's commitment to the Valley and his goal to
place the Okanagan on the international wine map which has been
unwavering over the last twenty years. We have placed CedarCreek in
very good hands and I look forward to enjoying many more glasses from
our Home Block. I am very proud of our accomplishments and would like
to extend my sincerest appreciation to my family, staff, colleagues and
customers for their support over the years."
CedarCreek President Gordon Fitzpatrick added: "We say 'Our Wine is our
Word' and we are confident that CedarCreek will continue to over
deliver under the ownership of the von Mandl family and the winemaking
guidance of Darryl Brooker. It is not very often that two multiple
winners of Canada's Winery of the Year join the same family."
The purchase includes CedarCreek winery and the Fitzpatrick family's
vineyard holdings (excluding Greata Ranch Vineyard and Winery in
Peachland, British Columbia, which the Fitzpatrick Family will continue
to own and operate). The purchase price was not disclosed and the
transaction is expected to close in early February 2014.
About VMF Estates
Founded by Proprietor Anthony von Mandl, VMF Estates is the von Mandl
family's newly created family-owned business comprising a collection of
some of the most exceptional vineyards in the Okanagan Valley,
including Mission Hill Family Estate, CedarCreek Estate Winery, and
CheckMate Artisanal Winery, a small, gravity-fed winery located on the
"Golden Mile", just south of the town of Oliver in British Columbia.
Each winery operates independently, with separate staffing, management,
and its own hallmark and identity. The common purpose is to produce
wines that can stand alongside the best in the world. Rick Bonitati,
President of VMF Estates, oversees all of the wineries and vineyards on
behalf of the von Mandl family.