Painted Rock Estate Winery

About the Vineyard

Painted Rock began with John and Trish Skinner’s belief that the Okanagan Valley had enormous wine producing potential. Knowing how well the region performed growing fruits, the husband and wife team searched for the right spot to create a family-run estate winery. In 2004, the pair eventually settled on The Black Hawk, a stunning 60-acre bench on Skaha Lake in Penticton, which also happened to be a deserted (but once-prized) apricot orchard. 

From there, the work continued and the Skinner’s became confident the destination could potentially produce some of the finest "terroir" in the world. Their commitment to that was uncompromising: “If Painted Rock is going to compete with the best in the world we must have confidence in our terroir and allow it to express its uniqueness,” said John Skinner. “That's why we are 100% estate.”  

Now, 12 years later, the property has definitely lived up to its potential in every regard, offering everything from Rose to Chardonnay to Cabernet Franc. Winning the 2014/2015 InterVin International “Winery of the Year” and receiving rave reviews in Jancis Robinson’s newsletter, Painted Rock has truly been able to prove that British Columbia wines can compete with the finest in the world. 

JOHN SKINNER 

Painted Rock Estate Winery, Proprietor John Skinner is a charismatic family man with a strong entrepreneurial spirit. He takes the art of wine making to the next level with an unwavering vow to maintain the uniqueness and refinement of his award-winning wines. He has gained popularity around the world and is widely known as one of the original pioneers behind high-quality Canadian wine production.

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