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Our story is about combining our two passions for both wine and fashion. So why not create a winery that focuses on both. Fashion Estates Winery was founded on creativity, personality, originality and having fun.
Wine and fashion share a lot of common traits between each other as they are present and enrich our lives by sharing in our experiences and self creativity. At Fashion, we feel that wine and fashion are creative expressions of us. That it is a creative vision that allows us to be unique and one of a kind. It helps us to tell our own stories whether it’s at a special event or at your best friend’s weekend BBQ.
Fashion Estates Winery has worked hard to design one of a kind staggeringly unique Okanagan Valley wines. We have chosen the best available grapes, and the best quality ingredients for our products. We have produced premium elegant vintages that we hope will be that creative entity to share your best memories and stories.
Let Fashion Estates Winery help find your sense of originality through elegance, class and style.
Born in Victoria, BC, and raised in Calgary, Alberta. Jenn is the president and founder of Fashion Estates winery, a new venture she decided to undertake in June 2013, and after 15 years in the telecommunications industry she decided to point her career in a new direction, entrepreneurship. After being reunited with her family after 30 years she was quite inspired by their passion and dedication to the wine industry, she sought out advice from her cousins and was then introduced to Mark Simpson. She has been mentoring with Mark for over a year. She is enjoying every minute of it and hasn't looked back. She is excited to be a part of a vibrant wine community and hopes to make a difference in the wine community the way her family has for the past 30 years. You can find Jenn hosting wine events for charitable causes, joining wine festivals, and being a Canadian wine advocate in her local town of Oliver. She looks forward to seeking out her own vineyard and winery site in the next couple of years.
Our winemaker Mark Simpson has twenty-three years experience in food and beverage manufacturing. He has extensive experience in product development, supply chain management and purchasing, quality assurance, public relations and marketing. Mark has had a keen interest in fermentation since graduating from the UBC Microbiology program in 1982. He started his career with Molson Breweries, working with their core brands, as well as brewing international brands. He then went onto join RJ Spagnols Wine and Beer Making Products for Vincor International, in a winemaking role as Director of Research, Development and Quality Assurance.
Mark’s support during the Fashion Estates Winery project has been paramount in the project’s success. His keen eye for purchasing high quality grapes and ingredients during the creation process has ensured the best quality wine was designed for the Fashion Estates Winery. His unique techniques and careful precision was apparent early on in the project. Mark’s continuous drive to design a stylish wine collection has truly fulfilled my vision for the Fashion Estates Winery.
Fashion Estates Winery thanks you for your industry expertise and continued mentor-ship and most importantly bringing a high quality wine collection to our customers.
Bob Bell-Wines of Canada:
2011 Haute Couture: “2011 Haute Couture a truly great wine nice armous (fresh raisins) good body full of flavour, black cherry and berries 70% Merlot & 30% Cabernet Sauvignon Blend slight spice on the finish. Rating 95 points.”
2012 Tres Chic: “2012 Tres Chic a stylish desirable chardonnay with delicate flavours of fresh fruits pineapple, papaya. The wine says more please with a unique finish providing hints of ginger. Rating 93 points.”
Adrian Bryska-YYC Wine
2012 Glitterati: “2012 Glitterati-Complex with fruit notes of cherry, plum, raspberry. Secondary notes of oak, vanilla, wet rock with hints of leathery spice. Rating 91 points.”
Matt Beauchamp-Simple Vines
2012 Haute Couture: “The taste of this wine was smooth and flavourful however this feels like a wine that – while good now – would be much better with age.” Overall Rating 3.5/5
Jake Skakun-My Wine Canada Toronto
2011 Haute Couture: “Is a value pick for under $20 and will satisfy those looking for a juicy Bordeaux blend. It’s bright and brambly and packed with dark berry fruit.”
2012 Glitterati: “Is a step up in complexity and elegance from the Haute Couture. Each grape variety seems to contribute something to the blend—spicy plum, subtle coffee notes and a faint forest floor character. It’s structure hinges on bright acid and ripe medium tannins.”
Voted judges selection for the Bordeaux blend category in the 2014 Alberta beverage awards.
2015 Best of BC Varietal Awards finalist winner for the Best Meritage Merlot Dominated Blend category.
CBC Time for Wine: Our wines were featured on the CBC radio one in Victoria, BC. For the time for wine morning broadcast, as part of the Art of wine segment. The host Troy Townsin offered his expert palate for our Tres Chic chardonnay.
Culinaire Magazine: Our 2011 Haute Couture was featured in the October edition of the Culinaire magazine for our judges selection award.
City Palate: Our winery was featured in the November/December edition of the city palate, detailing our wines and award win.
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