Wine Tasting in the Okanagan
We were lucky to prearrange a great private tour and tasting in their wine library. We haven’t regularly gone to Gray Monk, but on this day we are glad we had included it on the tour.

Gray Monk Winery
The Heiss family moved to the Okanagan Valley from Europe with dreams of owning a successful vineyard. In 1972, George & Trudy Heiss were at the front of the line presenting their request to be allowed to make and sell wine from their own grapes. That began the Estate Winery program (a government term at the time to classify the size of their winery). Many believe this was the turning point for British Columbia Wines. The family remains very proud of their important place amongst the beginning of the Okanagan as a wine region.

Gray Monk Gamay Noir
Gamay Noir is a traditional grape of the Beaujolais region of France, and is also known as Gamay Beaujolais. Gray Monk’s Gamay Noir is a medium bodied wine that is light ruby in colour. The smell is full of fruit such as raspberry and strawberry. The taste is very somoth and light but there is a nice hint of spice at the finish. We really enjoyed this Gamay (luckily we have a couple more from our trip). At $17.99 per bottle you could even call this a value and we would recommend it.


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