Originally posted at http://ontariowinediva.blogspot.com
Herder Winery in Keremeos, British Columbia is a story of a young couple, meeting in high school, working in fields completely unrelated to wines and then deciding to find exciting careers in winemaking and viticulture. Lawrence Herder grew up in southern California and at age 14 started making wine. After a career in L.A. as a food broker he decided he wanted to turn his love for wine into a profession. He graduated in 1996 from Fresno State University earning his degree in Enology and minor in Viticulture. Originally working in various wineries in California, in 2003, Lawrence and his wife Sharon decided they wanted to move to British Columbia and open a winery there. While getting Herder Winery off the ground, Lawrence worked for other wineries in the area, including Jackson-Triggs, Golden Mile Cellars, Stoneboat Vineyard and Clos du Soleil. Sharon was originally from British Columbia but, in high school, moved to California where she met Lawrence. Her career background, prior to opening the winery, was in Retail and as a Graphic Designer. These days you can find her in the wine bar during the summer season, working on their website and tweeting about the winery.
They make three red wines – one Bordeaux blend, a Merlot and a Cabernet Franc – along with two white wines and two white wines to be released shortly. The one white wine is a traditional Chardonnay while the other is a four way white wine blend. The views are spectacular from their state of the art facility and the reviews keep pouring in for their amazing wines.
Tasting room open from May through October but call in the off season to see if they are available for purchases.
Herder Winery & Vineyards
2582 Upper Bench Road
Keremeos, BC V0X 1N4
Phone: (250) 499-5595