It’s a truism that dreams work when you do. This is deeply illustrated by John Ness, the owner of Pipe Dreams, one of Oliver’s newest wineries. After childhood summers with his family experiencing the Okanagan, John formed a lifelong dream to return and live among grapevines.
Throwing caution to the wind, he moved to Oliver in 2009 to bring his dream to life. He secured prime grape growing land and planted some less-common-in-BC varietals, ones that are best suited to the site including Kerner, Zweigelt, Gamay and Grüner Veltliner.
Pipe Dreams represents the fulfillment of chances taken, working against the grain to achieve the impossible. With wines made from his estate vineyard and other locally-sourced grapes, the first release will see only 500 cases made available for sale. John hired well-respected Mark Wendenburg, a legend in the Canadian wine industry, to be his winemaker. Mark crafted award-winning wines at Sumac Ridge for almost 20 years after completing oenology training in Germany, which makes him perfectly-suited to work with these particular varietals.
John’s intention is that the wines of Pipe Dreams offer an authentic expression of the land, while inspiring people to challenge themselves to achieve beyond their wildest imagination.