In the heart of the South Okanagan, where sprawling vineyards are kissed by the sun, lies a family-owned gem that embodies the spirit of new beginnings. Vasanti Estate Winery, founded by the Sidhu family, stands as a testament to the resilience and determination that have shaped their journey from tending orchards to embarking on their journey as burgeoning vintners.
Davinder Sidhu and his brothers Gordie and Vik trace the family’s roots back to farming in India, where their connection to the land runs deep. “Farming has been a part of our heritage for generations,” he reflects.
Their father, Harb Sidhu, moved to the Okanagan Valley in the early 1980s and, a decade later, had saved the funds to purchase an orchard. What was once a 10-acre plot, initially rows of apricots, peaches, cherries and apples, has since transformed into a haven for wine grapes. “We kind of put our own twist on it over the years,” says Sidhu.
Today, their vineyards, lovingly tended to and meticulously nurtured, tell a story of dedication and evolution.
The name ‘Vasanti’ holds a deeper significance for the family, encapsulating both their Punjabi heritage and the idea of new beginnings. “It means ‘spring’ or loosely, it could be used as ‘new beginnings,’” says Sidhu. This essence is echoed in their Lotus flower logo, a tribute to their father’s journey from nothing to prosperity, much like the resilient flower that thrives in any environment.
With a portfolio of wines that boast distinction, Vasanti Estate Winery is ready to make its mark on the Canadian wine scene. The signature Syrah, nurtured in the prime conditions of East Bench Osoyoos, promises to be the crown jewel of their offerings. “That vineyard has produced premium grapes that have led to great wines in the past,” says Sidhu. As the Sidhu brothers guide the winery’s destiny, they also nurture their ambition to craft premium Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and a unique Cabernet Merlot blend sourced from a number of Vasanti vineyards.
As the Sidhu brothers guide the winery’s destiny, they also nurture their ambition to craft their first releases: a premium Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and a unique Cabernet Merlot blend sourced from each of the three Vasanti vineyards. The wines were crafted by long-time friend, winemaker Jason Parkes.
However, their aspirations go beyond the cellar door. The Sidhu family envisions Vasanti Estate Winery as a place of knowledge sharing and discovery. “We want our tasting room to be inviting to everyone and offer an educational component to the wine tastings” says Davinder. With a commitment to educating visitors about the winemaking process, they aim to offer an immersive experience. “We want to dive into the details of how it’s grown and how it’s made,” he says, enabling guests to engage with the wine’s journey from vine to glass.
As Vasanti Estate Winery enters its next chapter, the Sidhu family’s commitment to unity and growth remains unshaken. While their father’s role transitions from hands-on labour to a guiding hand, his wisdom remains invaluable. “His experience is something that we can’t go without.”
Online sales of their first vintages are available at vasantiwines.com. The tasting room opens its doors in Spring 2024