Okanagan Crush Pad winemaker helping to reshape the way Western Canadians eat and drink.
[Summerland, BC] Matt Dumayne has been named one of Western Living’s 2017 Top 10 Foodies of the year. The shortlist shines a spotlight on the up-and-coming Western-Canada-based food and drink enthusiasts who are leading the way in our culinary landscape.
New Zealander Matt Dumayne has lived in the Okanagan Valley since 2011. In 2012 he joined Okanagan Crush Pad, makers of Haywire and Narrative wines and spirits, where he oversees production as chief winemaker. In a very short time he has established a reputation for himself as one of the premium wine producers in the Okanagan, and has indeed made his mark on the region’s wine scene.
Dumayne has been instrumental in the evolution of Haywire and Narrative wines, championing natural winemaking practices. Okanagan Crush Pad wines are made using organically farmed grapes in state-of-the-art concrete tanks, using native yeasts and minimal intervention. His wines are having a growing impact, as more and more consumers understand and embrace them for their purity and simplicity.
Dumayne also oversees the winemaking for Okanagan Crush Pad’s stable of custom-crush winemaking clients, helping new small lot producers to get their start, including Coolshanagh and Mirabel Vineyards.
The winery team is excited to see Dumayne receive this recognition. Winery co-owner Christine Coletta says, “in his off-work time, Matt is very passionate about cooking, and approaches it as he does winemaking. He loves nothing more than preparing feasts for friends and coworkers, and is very deserving in this award.”
“Our team is very proud of him,” Coletta continues. “And we send congratulations to all the other foodie finalists representing Western Canada.”
About Okanagan Crush Pad:
Okanagan Crush Pad is Canada’s first purpose-built custom crush winery facility, located on the 10-acre Switchback Vineyard in Summerland, BC. Owned by Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie, Okanagan Crush Pad focuses on making wines that celebrate purity and simplicity, and aim to lead the next evolution of Okanagan wine. Visitors to the tasting lounge, set in the heart of this state-of-the-art facility, get a rare glance into the art of winemaking. Watch the cellar team in action, discover why the team makes wine in concrete tanks, and learn how the team composes wines that are definitive expressions of their vineyards. For more information visit: www.okanagancrushpad.com.