What’s Our Story?
Our Langley winery was where it all started, but this is where it all happens! The story of our Okanagan winery might start with a tasting in our wine shop, and a friendly conversation over a few sips as you learn about our history on the Bench. It then might lead to an invitation to join clubSEVEN and access special wines not on our shop shelves, or a plan to return for an event with friends and fellow BC wine explorers.
Come for a wine-themed event and relax, or learn the art and science of blending with our winemaker. Bragging rights if your blend is chosen as the “best”. Speaking of art, we embrace the marriage of art and wine with cultural offerings, like raising a glass to the Bard, and as for science? Take a tour and pick up a few viticulture terms to impress at your next kitchen party.
We really are a working winery and there will be no mistaking that fact when you come and visit. Whether we are picking, crushing, pressing, bottling or just plain labeling there is always that unmistakable smell of earthy winey goodness in the air. Take a look around back and you are very likely to see our winemaker Mary McDermott at work. Go ahead ask her a question, she doesn’t bite. Too often.
Our goal? A warm welcome. Our desire? Constant elevation of the senses and the experience of wine, and a future memory that begins with, “Do you remember when we tasted that wine?”. Our staff are here to start you on a journey to get to know us, our wines, everything we love about wine.
Now that you’ve discovered Township 7 Vineyards & Winery, we’re sure you’ll become a part of our own band of wine lovers, and we’ll see you and share a glass…soon.
The Faces Behind The Names?
Our Naramata Bench winery is run by a hospitable, passionate and dedicated team.
General Manager, Mike Raffan
A veteran restaurateur, with over two decades in the hospitality industry, Mike has been passionate about wine all of his working life. Since 2006 he has managed all aspects of the winery’s operations overseeing the growth of Township 7 with the expansion of both wine shops, an increase in production, and evolution of the winery to more small lot single vineyard wines. He has been involved in many industry associations including the BC Wine Grape Council, the executive of the Naramata Bench Winery Association, the Board of the BC Wine Institute, and advisor to the BC Wine Authority. Born and raised on the north shore of Vancouver, he enjoys the outdoor BC lifestyle and can be found in his spare time cycling in the south Okanagan or paddle boarding on the lake.
Assistant General Manager, Trevor Allen
A tasting with Trevor is like watching a ballet of service. Before his extensive training in wine and hospitality he was a theatre major. Now a sommelier, he says that visiting a wine shop or going to an event should encompass storytelling. Trevor’s philosophy: while no one ever comes to a winery in a bad mood, the focus is on engaging all the senses and remember that wine is ultimately about celebration…even if that celebration is just that it’s Tuesday.
Winemaker, Mary McDermott
With multiple vineyards to oversee, two locations for Township 7 Winery & Vineyards, and many wines to craft, Mary is a calm and collected wealth of winemaking knowledge. She has a passion for BC wine and learning the nuances of each vineyard, bringing the best fruit to harvest. A transplant from Ontario, she is a former journalist, and frequent traveler. Fittingly, Mary’s wine philosophy: each bottle should take you somewhere, and express where it came from.
Assistant Winemaker & Vineyard Manager, Ryan McKibbon
A graduate from Niagara College’s Winery and Viticulture program, Ryan has worked in viticulture and winemaking across the globe. His fantastic pedigree includes stints at Phantom Creek Estates in Oliver overseeing their organic and biodynamic program, for Hidden Bench in Niagara, which uses only organic fruit; with a boutique South African winery specializing in premium Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and as a vineyard intern at Felton Road Wines in New Zealand where he studied organic and biodynamic viticulture. Joining Ryan is his sweet border collie, Mille, where in the vineyard she likes to dig holes and in the cellar can be found cooling off under a tank. When you are visiting our Naramata winery please feel free to throw a stick or shake a paw!
Tasting Room Manager, Crystal Ivers
Crystal has a thirst for wine knowledge as she has earned her WSET Level 2 and is currently working towards achieving Level 3. Her vast experience in customer service is on display as her infectious personality radiates with each of our customers. Visit us and Crystal as she loves sharing her passion for wine and can’t wait to exchange stories as you share a bottle of wine on our new Naramata Tasting Room patio.
When Are We Open?
Our winter hours are now in effect and are open 11am – 5pm (Thursday – Sunday). Enjoy the open space at the base of our vineyards as it is a wonderful place to soak up the Okanagan sun, enjoying a picnic with friends. How to find us?
Nestled at the gateway of the famous Naramata Bench. Travel east on Eckhardt Avenue and continue along Eckhardt as it turns into Haven Hill Road, Johnson Road and then into Upper Bench Road. Enjoy the scenery as you follow Upper Bench Road to McMillan Avenue. Take a right and we are right there at 1450 McMillan Avenue!
How To Find Us?
Nestled at the gateway of the famous Naramata Bench. Travel east on Eckhardt Avenue and continue along Eckhardt as it turns into Haven Hill Road, Johnson Road and then into Upper Bench Road. Enjoy the scenery as you follow Upper Bench Road to McMillan Avenue. Take a right and we are right there at 1450 McMillan Avenue.