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 La Frenz Winery


Cathy Davison Administration, Kathy Nichols Cellarmaster, Dominic McCosker Winemaker and Elise Martin Viticulturist.

17th October 2017

So much to give thanks for!

I love this time of year with the beautiful fall colors and the anticipation of harvesting the results of nine months of nurturing in the vineyard. Thanksgiving always reminds me to reflect on the things I need to be thankful for. I turned 60, we have a beautiful new granddaughter, we live in a wonderful country and I even made time to compete in my first triathlon.

There are two events just announced for which I am particularly thankful. I have espoused many times “the best Canadian wines are world class and can easily sit alongside the best from anywhere in the world”.

The prestigious Six Nation Challenge was recently judged in Sydney, Australia. It is an invitation to the best 100 wines from each country namely South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, USA and Canada with expert judges from each country for a truly international perspective. It sounds like a great rugby tournament but in fact its headlined as the “Best of the Best wines in the New World”, where only the finest wines worthy of competing on the highest level are selected to represent their country.

We are simply ecstatic to be awarded Gold for our 2015 Ensemble Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon and Double Gold for our 2015 Reserve Pinot Noir.

To be on the podium alongside cult Pinot producers such as Oregon’s Lingua Franca “Mimi’s Mind” ($100US), NZ Akarua “The siren” ($85US) and one of my favorites, Christom from Oregon, is not only a stellar achievement but wonderful confirmation of what LAFRENZ set in place 10 years ago establishing the Desperation Hill vineyard to make our mark on world class Pinot Noir.

I concur with Canadian judge Chris Waters’ statement “we are at the point in time with the Canadian industry where we really need a benchmarking opportunity like this, to see how our wines stack up in the international community”. Please see to see the calibre of who was invited and who we were competing against.

A second great announcement only days later were the results of Intervin International wine competition ( Of the 1,200 international wines entered only the top 5% were awarded Gold and 19% Silver. I couldn’t agree more with Justin Taylor’s statement (Taylor Wines, Australia) that “international wine competitions are the clearest impartial measure of high quality wines”. Amen brother.

LA FRENZ was awarded 18 medals total with 3 Gold medals for 2016 Viognier, 2015 Reserve Pinot Noir and yet again for our wonderful Liqueur Muscat NV. Our final medal tally placed LAFRENZ #4 in the Top 10 International Wineries of the Year and to show the calibre of the competition just one medal behind Wolf Blass, Australia and one medal in front of Taylors Wines, Australia. Heady stuff for this little winery from the Naramata Bench given that both these superb winemakers have taken the #1 spot in recent years.

This is the 4th time in 2017 that LAFRENZ has been placed in the top tier of producers from around the world in the 4 major competitions we entered. Of special note is, that this has routinely been achieved against wines at least two or three times the price point!!

To our long time loyal customers who have helped spread the word about LAFRENZ from the very beginning, I thank you all wholeheartedly for your support, as without it, none of this would have been possible.

One last thing I have to give thanks for, I am truly humbled by the efforts of each and every one of the LAFRENZ team that collectively contributed to these fantastic results.

All the best for thanksgiving and the festive season ahead!


Jeff Martin,