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More International Acclaim From The Wine Advocate USA

Robert Parker report bestows stellar scores on Phantom Creek Wines

We are thrilled to have captured the attention of Wine Advocate USA. From the very beginning, we have been unwaveringly committed to producing premium B.C. VQA wines and setting a benchmark for Canadian wines, internationally

Today our passion gets rewarded with outstanding recognition from some of the most elite in the field. We are overjoyed to share with you that most of our portfolio scored 90+ points:

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2018 Kobau Vineyard Cuvée94 Points“Shows great fruit, sensual texture and a big finish with ripe tannins”.
2018 Becker Vineyard Cuvée93+ Points“This is very pretty and very well crafted”.
2018 Pinot Gris90 Points“There is a lovely and fruit-driven finish that lingers nicely with a little tension”.
2018 Riesling90 Points“It’s lively and juicy, quite delicious on the finish”.

WINE CLUB MEMBERS’ FALL RELEASE
2018 Becker Vineyard Merlot – 94 Points “On its own terms, it is a big Merlot”.
2018 Phantom Creek Vineyard Cuvée – 91 Points “This shows some mid-palate finesse, big fruit, and a focused finish”.
2018 Phantom Creek Vineyard Syrah – 91 Points – “It is a sexy beast that is rather delicious”.

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2017 Kobau Vineyard Merlot – 93 Points 
2016 Phantom Creek Vineyard Cuvée – 92 Points 
2017 Phantom Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – 90 Points
2017 Phantom Creek Vineyard Small Lot Malbec Petit Verdot Co-ferment- 90 Points

About Phantom Creek Estates

Phantom Creek Estates is a destination winery located on the famed Black Sage Bench of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, specializing in single vineyard Bordeaux reds, Alsatian whites and the Okanagan’s benchmark varieties of Viognier and Syrah from storied vineyard sites. From the start, the winery has been guided by the long-term vision of building one of the leading family-owned wineries in Canada. Cultivated in certified organic vineyards and made by an influential international winemaking team – Mark Beringer, Olivier Humbrecht MW and Philippe Melka – Phantom Creek Estates’ wines celebrate and speak to where they are grown.

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Media contacts:  Anahita Pouget, Director of Sales & Marketing, apouget@phantomcreekestates.com or Graham Macdonald, Sales Assistant, at gmacdonald@phantomcreekestates.com or at 250-498-8367. 

Phantom Creek Estates Announces Organic Certification

Renowned Winemaking Team Achieves Organic Milestone and Looks Ahead to Pursue Biodynamic Certification

OLIVER, British Columbia (August 19, 2021) – Phantom Creek Estates, the premier wine destination in the Okanagan Valley, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded organic certification by Ecocert Canada, with 2021 marking Phantom Creek Estates’ first certified organic vintage.  Additionally, the winery is moving forward with biodynamic certification, paving the way for another landmark ecological statement for a Canadian winery of Phantom Creek Estates’ size.

“This is an exciting accomplishment for us,” said Amy Richards, director of farming.  “It has always been extremely important to the Phantom Creek Estates’ production team that we not just farm our estate vineyards using organic practices, but consider the vineyard as a complex eco-system.  We have established habitat in our vineyards to encourage beneficial insects, added chickens, and plan to make our own compost and add livestock in the coming years.  We are fully committed to building a sustainable environment in our vineyard sites that translates into exceptional, terroir-driven wines.”

Phantom Creek Estates is home to estate vineyards across distinct benches in the South Okanagan Valley.  Uniquely influenced by geological forces millennia in the making, the acclaimed, historic estate vineyards are each farmed according to meticulously practiced organic and biodynamic techniques. 

The team at Phantom Creek Estates is a strong proponent of biodynamics and especially of Demeter International’s codification of good farming practices.  The goal of biodynamic farming is not just to forgo chemical pesticides and fertilizers, but also to foster a self-regulating ecosystem by minimizing any and all human interventions in the vineyard. 

The process of converting conventionally farmed vineyard sites to organic certification took three years, beginning in 2017, as the entire vineyard system needed to be free of any residue from non-organic products.  To eliminate the use of herbicides, Phantom Creek Estates uses mechanical and hand hoeing for weed control.  Certain plants, known as “cover crops,” a natural source of nutrients, are allowed to grow between and around vine rows and can be tilled into the soil during growing season.  Rather than eliminating the surrounding vegetation, Phantom Creek Estates wants its vines to co-exist in harmony with the surrounding natural environment.

The team at Phantom Creek is also vigilant that the vines are not overstimulated.  By analyzing vine leaves from each individual block, vineyard-by-vineyard and row-by-row, vineyard managers can precisely determine nutrient requirements.  

International consulting winemaker Olivier Humbrecht MW has been instrumental in guiding the Phantom Creek Estates’ winemaking team through the organic and ongoing biodynamic certification process.  It’s a well-trodden path for the Master of Wine, president of Europe’s Biodyvin, 12th-generation grape grower and proprietor of Alsace’s famed Domaine Zind-Humbrecht – a property that became world famous for its biodynamic practices after Humbrecht implemented them in 1997.

“As one of the world’s leading champions for organic and biodynamic winemaking, Olivier has been an inspiration to us since well before he joined the Phantom Creek Estates team,” Richards said.  “His holistic approach to agriculture has been a remarkable influence on our wines’ articulated expression of place, and we look forward to continuing the careful management of this self-sufficient ecosystem that Olivier has helped to establish.”

Located at 4315 Black Sage Road in Oliver, British Columbia, Phantom Creek Estates can be reached by calling (250) 498-8367, emailing info@phantomcreekestates.com, or visiting www.phantomcreekestates.com.

About Phantom Creek Estates

Phantom Creek Estates is a destination winery located on the famed Black Sage Bench of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, specializing in single vineyard Bordeaux reds, Alsatian whites and the Okanagan’s benchmark varieties of Viognier and Syrah from storied vineyard sites. From the start, the winery has been guided by the long-term vision of building one of the leading family-owned wineries in Canada. Cultivated in certified organic vineyards and made by an influential international winemaking team – Mark Beringer, Olivier Humbrecht MW and Philippe Melka – Phantom Creek Estates’ wines celebrate and speak to where they are grown.

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Media contacts:  Anahita Pouget, Director of Sales & Marketing, apouget@phantomcreekestates.com or Graham Macdonald, Sales Assistant, at gmacdonald@phantomcreekestates.com or at 250-498-8367. 

Phantom Creek Estates Appoints Mark Beringer As Director of Winemaking

Legendary Napa Valley Winemaker Joins British Columbia’s Most Exciting Winemaking Team

OLIVER, British Columbia (July 15, 2021) – Phantom Creek Estates announced today the winery’s appointment of Mark Beringer to Director of Winemaking.  Beringer will work closely with the winery’s winemaker for the white wine program Karin Grosstessner-Hain, who has been with the winery since the inaugural 2016 vintage, and internationally renowned winemaking team Philippe Melka and Olivier Humbrecht MW.

Mark Beringer, great-great-grandson of Beringer Vineyards’ founding brother Jacob Beringer, was immersed in wine from the moment he was born in the heart of the Napa Valley.  As the direct descendant to Beringer’s first winemaker and steward of one of the most iconic family names in California wine history, he knew from a young age that he would follow in the footsteps of his forefathers.

After receiving an Enology degree from California State University in Fresno, Beringer spent a year in the cellars at Benziger Family Winery in Sonoma before joining Duckhorn Vineyards as an enologist in 1992, where he worked his way up to Vice President of Winemaking.  In 2009, Mark joined Artesa as Vice President and Winemaker.

In 2015, Mark Beringer returned to his namesake Beringer Vineyards, joining as Chief Winemaker and following in the footsteps of acclaimed Winemaker Emeritus Laurie Hook.

“The Okanagan Valley really excites me as it shows so much potential and there is an incredible opportunity to help this region achieve global recognition,” said Beringer.  “Phantom Creek Estates has invested significantly in acquiring some of the region’s most acclaimed and historic vineyards, technology, architecture and talent, so I believe that the winery will be the premier property in the region, if not Canada, and that’s a goal I’m inspired to be a part of.”

As the Director of Winemaking at Phantom Creek Estates, Beringer looks forward to making terroir-driven wines with minimal intervention to ensure the delicate qualities of the unique vineyard sites are thoroughly expressed in each wine.  Beringer joins an elite team of wine legends, including Alsace superstar Olivier Humbrecht MW, who he has admired throughout his winemaking career and looks forward to learning from, especially in regards to his unrivaled knowledge of biodynamic and organic farming practices.  Philippe Melka, acclaimed for his art of blending and consulting winemaker for the red wine program, brings an interesting perspective on the region that Beringer appreciates and eagerly awaits tasting through the winery’s portfolio with him.

Located at 4315 Black Sage Road in Oliver, British Columbia, Phantom Creek Estates is open for guided tastings and winery tours.  The Restaurant at Phantom Creek Estates is open for lunch Thursday through Monday.  To make a reservation, Phantom Creek Estates can be reached by calling (250) 498-8367, emailing info@phantomcreekestates.com, or visiting www.phantomcreekestates.com.

About Phantom Creek Estates

Phantom Creek Estates is a destination winery located on the famed Black Sage Bench of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, specializing in single vineyard Bordeaux reds, Alsatian whites and the Okanagan’s benchmark varieties of Viognier and Syrah from storied vineyard sites. From the start, the winery has been guided by the long-term vision of building one of the leading family-owned wineries in Canada. Cultivated in certified organic vineyards and made by an influential international winemaking team – Mark Beringer, Olivier Humbrecht MW and Philippe Melka – Phantom Creek Estates’ wines celebrate and speak to where they are grown.

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Media contacts:  Morgan Moore at Glodow Nead Communications, 415.394.6500 or PhantomCreekPR@glodownead.com.  

Phantom Creek Estates Announces Key Hires

British Columbia’s Premier Destination Winery Appoints Anahita Pouget as Director of Sales and Marketing, Amy Richard as Director of Farming, and Kea Mueller as Wine Club Manager.

OLIVER, British Columbia (July 7, 2021) – Phantom Creek Estates, British Columbia’s premier destination winery announces the appointments of Anahita Pouget as director of sales and marketing, Amy Richards as director of farming, and Kea Mueller as wine club manager.  Following its debut in June 2020, the winery has garnered much acclaim for its iconic design, state-of-the-art cellars and its flagship wines that have been awarded multiple 94+ points by the region’s top critics.  Most recently all the Estate’s vineyards attained organic certification and The Restaurant at Phantom Creek debuted with an elevated food and beverage program.

“We are pleased to announce the expansion of our incredible team, and equally thrilled to have Anahita, Amy, and Kea share their extensive knowledge and industry experience with us,” said Richter Bai, founder and chairman of Phantom Creek Estates.  “It has been my vision not only to create great wines that honour our incredible terroir, but also to offer valuable experiences that connect visitors to the Okanagan Valley and its landscape which makes us one of the most spectacular wine regions in the world.”

Anahita Pouget has cultivated expertise in luxury hospitality and wine since beginning her career in the south of France, where she completed a bilingual master’s degree in hospitality and tourism management before joining the J.W. Marriott group of hotels in Paris.  After a few years working in the high-profile establishments in Paris, she was drawn to the countryside and worked a harvest in Alsace, where she fell in love with winemaking.  Anahita relocated to Canada to join the Relais & Chateaux group of hotels at the Wikaninnish Inn in Tofino.  However, her love of wine drew her to the Okanagan Valley where, for the past decade, she held sales and marketing positions at impressive establishments, including CedarCreek Estate Winery and Mission Hill Family Estate.  Now, as the director of sales and marketing at Phantom Creek Estates, Anahita brings her extensive industry knowledge and experience in luxury brand marketing to the estate team.

Amy Richards obtained a Bachelor of Viticultural Science from the University of Adelaide in Australia, after which she traveled to the South Island of New Zealand to pursue her interest in cool climate viticultural winemaking.  In 2004, Amy returned to Adelaide to join the South Australian Research and Development Institute as a researcher.  The results of her research lead to the award of Australian Viticulturist of the Year in 2011.  In 2009, Amy moved to Treasury Wine Estates in the role of Viticulturist for McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek vineyards and then in 2015, was relocate to California, USA where she managed the portfolio of grower contracts in the Napa Valley.  In 2020, inspired by the region’s potential to produce outstanding red wine grapes, Amy relocated to the Okanagan Valley.

Kea Mueller has an impressive background in tourism and luxury hospitality which started over five years ago in Germany, working at World Hotels AG, as a loyalty coordinator and then as a marketing specialist.  In 2017, Kea relocated to Dallas, Texas to join the Associated Luxury Hotels International Group as a loyalty marketing manager.  Shortly after her move to Texas, she was promoted within the luxury group to senior project manager of the loyalty program and moved to Boston, Massachusetts.  Currently, as the wine club manager at Phantom Creek Estates, Kea brings her strong customer loyalty background and vision to develop elevated experiences and partnerships that expand well beyond traditional winery offerings. 

Phantom Creek Estates is located at 4315 Black Sage Road in Oliver, British Columbia.  All experiences, including lunch at The Restaurant at Phantom Creek Estates, are available for online booking through www.phantomcreekestates.com/visit, or by calling (250) 498-8367.

About Phantom Creek Estates

Phantom Creek Estates is a destination winery located on the famed Black Sage Bench of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, specializing in single vineyard Bordeaux reds, Alsatian whites and the Okanagan’s benchmark varieties of Viognier and Syrah from storied vineyard sites. From the start, the winery has been guided by the long-term vision of building one of the leading family-owned wineries in Canada. Cultivated in certified organic vineyards and made by an influential international winemaking team – Olivier Humbrecht MW and Philippe Melka – Phantom Creek Estates’ wines celebrate and speak to where they are grown.

Media contacts:  Morgan Moore, Alex Fondren, Danyelle Simpkins and Juliona Miller at Glodow Nead Communications, 415.394.6500 or PhantomCreekPR@glodownead.com

The Restaurant at Phantom Creek Estates Opens on June 12

Premier Destination Winery Marks One-Year Anniversary with Debut of its Highly Anticipated Restaurant and Joins South Okanagan’s Esteemed Culinary Scene

Phantom Creek Estates, the Okanagan Valley’s most exciting new wine destination, is pleased to announce the opening of The Restaurant at Phantom Creek Estates helmed by Canadian-born Chef Sarah Fiore, whose refined talent hails from Michelin-starred Estela in New York City.  Offering expansive views of the stunning Okanagan Valley wine country, this sophisticated restaurant and lounge will be located on the south side of the winery.  The menu is designed to provide guests with a curated, multi-course lunch infused with local and seasonal ingredients accompanied by a thoughtfully curated selection of wines from the Estate alongside other Canadian and International choices.

“The food at Phantom Creek Estates is in perfect harmony with everything that we do at the winery,” said Anahita Pouget, one of the Directors at the Estate.  “Accessing the best and freshest seasonal ingredients, is always a great start, but the ability to transform them into dishes that leave you wondering just how it was all brought together, is the true beauty of an unforgettable meal and a reflection of the talent of a brilliant chef.”  

Chef Fiore’s elevated, table d’hôte-inspired two-and three-course pairing menus are carefully curated to pair with Phantom Creek Estates wines.  Her passion for cooking stems from her childhood when she would watch her grandmother cook.

“I remember she had this big wooden table in her basement where she would make all her fresh pasta and bread,” said Chef Fiore, reminiscing about her youth when her grandmother would babysit her and her sister.  “She had a little stool for me to stand on.  I’d watch and help her roll out pasta. That’s what started my love for cooking. Today, I love creating an experience for guests, putting my passion onto a plate and having people enjoy it.”

The Restaurant at Phantom Creek Estates’ menus offer exceptional dishes, including beef tartare with 63 Acres Beef, saskatoon berry, quail yolk and crispy beef tendon chips; burrata with charred and pickled Mutsu apples, wildflower honey, toasted marcona almonds and bee pollen; risotto with spring legumes, foraged mushrooms, Parmigiano-Reggiano and fresh herbs;, poached sablefish with asparagus, radish and kombu beurre blanc, and aged duck with red cabbage, pickled cherries and mustard greens.  Guests can treat themselves to dessert to end their meal with basque cheesecake with brandied warm cherries or sorbet with strawberry, sesame and tahini tuille.

The restaurant’s two-course menu option includes a choice of a starter and a main, or a main and a dessert, and is priced at $55 per person.  The three-course menu option includes a starter, main and dessert, and is priced at $70 per person.  Guests may elevate their meal with an expertly paired wine menu available for an additional $20 for the two-course menu, or an additional $30 for the three-course menu.  Chef Sarah Fiore will also apply her expertise to accommodate severe allergies and vegetarian preferences for an equally memorable experience.  

The Restaurant at Phantom Creek Estates will be open Thursday through Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (PST) for lunch service only.  Phantom Creek Estate is located at 4315 Black Sage Road in Oliver, British Columbia and can be reached by calling (250) 498-8367, emailing info@phantomcreekestates.com, or visiting www.phantomcreekestates.com.

About Phantom Creek Estates

Phantom Creek Estates is a destination winery located on the famed Black Sage Bench of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, specializing in single vineyard Bordeaux reds, Alsatian whites and the Okanagan’s benchmark varieties of Viognier and Syrah from storied vineyard sites. By farming its vineyards with care and precision, Phantom Creek produces wines that celebrate and speak to where they are grown, crafted by an influential international winemaking team – Olivier Humbrecht MW and Philippe Melka. The winery’s estate vineyards are certified organic and in the process of biodynamic certification. Phantom Creek Estates is located at 4315 Black Sage Road in Oliver, British Columbia. 

Media contacts:  Morgan Moore at Glodow Nead Communications, 415.394.6500 or PhantomCreekPR@glodownead.com

Phantom Creek Estates Featured in Bespoke

Very thrilled Phantom Creek Estates to be deemed the region’s most majestic and ambitious vision by Bespoke, London’s luxury lifestyle publication.

Read the full article here.

In the South Okanagan, a Standing Ovation for Seated Tastings

“Impressive wine is only part of the attraction at Phantom Creek Estates” Vacay states in their latest review of South Okanagan wineries.

Read the entire article here.

Wine Review with Daenna Van Mulligen

For the past several years, there has been a lot of curiosity about what’s going on on Oliver’s Black Sage Bench.

Nearly 30 years ago, the area unexpectedly became synonymous with Bordeaux varieties and has since given birth to some of the most iconic wines in the Okanagan Valley.

When businessman Richter Bai began purchasing highly regarded vineyards in the area in 2016, people grew even more inquisitive. 
From images I’ve seen, the finished project looks stunning.
When life starts to return to some form of normal, whatever that is, and I’m travelling again, I hope to get a look for myself.

Until then, the wines have convinced me this is more than just a vanity project, that Bai, and his team on the ground in the Okanagan, have built (are building) something epic.

Read the full article from Daenna Van Mulligen’s

Wine Chat with Valerie van der Gracht from My Van City

“Phantom Creek Vineyard has been consistently recognized for producing some of the best red wines in Canada.” Thank you Valerie for this recognition.

Read the full article here.

Phantom Creek featured in Montecristo Magazine

“There are many great views in the Okanagan, but standing on the terrace of Phantom Creek Estates looking out over a sweeping vista of the Black Sage Bench it seems impossible to imagine one better”..thank you Fiona Morrow and Montecristo we completely agree…

Read the full Montecristo Article.

Phantom Creek Estates Featured in Forbes

Such an honour for Phantom Creek Estates and British Columbia to be recognized by Forbes.

“Anyone who ever questions the potential of British Columbia to produce wines as complex as any in the world should start popping the corks on both the whites and the reds from Phantom Creek: They’ll be convinced by the second sip.” BrianFreedman Forbes.com

Read the full article here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/brianfreedman/2020/09/29/wines-of-the-week-canadian-riesling-patagonian-pinot-noir-and-a-limited-release-whiskey/#2c67b92335d8

Phantom Creek Estates Achieves Full Allocation of Its Most Iconic Wines

“It’s an auspicious beginning for a new winery” said Santiago Cilley, CEO of Phantom Creek Estates. “This milestone highlights the significant interest among collectors for age-worthy wines from this storied site,” Read the full article here.

Phantom Creek Estates Partners with Stile Brands to Launch Highly Anticipated Portfolio Across British Columbia

Phantom Creek Estates, the Okanagan Valley’s newest destination winery situated on the Black Sage Bench, is excited to announce its partnership with Stile Brands “an importer and marketer of premium wines“ to launch its highly acclaimed portfolio of wines throughout British Columbia.  Phantom Creek Estates has enjoyed an overwhelmingly positive reception since its June 2020 debut and has achieved full allocation of its iconic Phantom Creek Vineyard wines.

“We are excited about partnering with Stile Brands to represent our wines in the region and extend our distribution beyond our early supporters, Hawksworth, Nightingale, Mott 32, and Hy’s Steakhouse”, said Santiago Cilley, CEO of Phantom Creek Estates.

As an immediate result of this partnership, a selection of Phantom Creek Estates wines “including the Becker Vineyard Cuvee, Estate Red Blend, Pinot Gris, Viognier, and Riesling“ will be available to restaurants and select fine wine retailers.  Phantom Creek Estates’ Alsace-influenced 2017 Pinot Gris was awarded the highest score for B.C. white wines by internationally acclaimed wine critic Jancis Robinson, while the winery’s remaining portfolio of wines all received scores above 90 points by Anthony Gismondi, one of  Canada’s most influential wine critics.

“Stile Brands is extremely fortunate to work with Phantom Creek Estates”, said Carmen D’Onofrio Jr., managing partner at Stile Brands. “We represent some of the most iconic vineyards from around the world, and Phantom Creek Estates is a great addition to our portfolio of family-owned wineries”.

Phantom Creek Estates is located at 4315 Black Sage Road in Oliver, British Columbia.  All experiences are available for online booking through www.phantomcreekestates.com/visit, or by calling (250) 498-8367.

About Phantom Creek Estates

Phantom Creek Estates is a new destination winery located on the famed Black Sage Bench of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, specializing in single vineyard Bordeaux reds, Alsatian whites and the Okanagan’s benchmark varieties of Viognier and Syrah from storied vineyard sites.  By farming its vineyards with care and precision, Phantom Creek produces wines that celebrate and speak to where they are grown, crafted by an influential international winemaking team Olivier Humbrecht MW, Philippe Melka and Francis Hutt. The winery’s estate vineyards are farmed using organic and biodynamic practices.

About Stile Brands

Stile Brands is an importer and marketer of premium wines, spirits, and beers, representing over 100 suppliers from 19 countries. Established in 1991, Stile Brands has grown into one of western Canada’s top wine agencies, with a solid reputation among its clientele. To this day, Stile is proud to offer one of the very finest portfolios of Italian wine in Canada.

Nuvo Magazine

Phantom Creek Estates designed to be a destination winery from the South Okanagan.  Check out this article to discover what our newly opened winery has to offer. 

Vancouver Sun

In February 2020 we had the opportunity to participate for the first time at the prestigious Vancouver International Wine Festival. Read the full article here.

Paste Magazine

Amy Glynn’s article about the Okanagan Valley and Phantom Creek Estates brings an interesting insight to the Canadian wine industry and specifically, to our wines and estate. Read the article here.

Montecristo Magazine

An introduction to our history. Read the full article to learn about the inception of Phantom Creek Estates, the behind the scenes, and what you can expect to discover when you visit us.

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