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 engaged the expertise of winemaker consultant Bernhard Schirrmeister, who started his career in 1984 doing an apprenticeship with Fritz Allendorf/Oestrich-Winkel, one of the oldest wineries in the Rheingau, Germany. Being exposed to all aspects of a winery and vineyard solidified his desire to stay in the wine industry. In 2005, Schirrmeister moved to BC Canada, taking on a winemaking position at Lang Vineyards. Since then he has consulted for The View Winery and Holman Lang Wineries, and continues to share his experience to help other wineries make their best wine.
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.
Pipe Dreams Vineyard and Estate Winery
168 Sportsmens Bowl Road, Oliver
phone: (250) 485-4192