Many of you will never have heard of the town of Lillooet located just a few kms northwest of Canada's famous ski resort Whistler. It is 217 km west of Kamloops. No matter the direction you're coming from, the drive to Lillooet is guaranteed to be beautiful and be sure to have your camera ready wildlife is abundant.
Lillooet has a long growing season and is a hot spot in the summer months. It was once know for ts orchards. The population of this small town located on the Fraser River is approx 2400.
Today those of us interested in British Columbia's wines are quite familiar with Lillooet. Its the home of the newly opened Ft Berens Estate Winery. The winery is owned by Helen Pannekeok and Rolf de Bruin. They planted their first 20 acres in the spring of 2009. Today the quality of their wines is once again putting the town of Lillooet on the map.
On Sept 18th 2014 the winery held its official Grand opening in their astonishing new facilities. numerous media, supporters and dignitaries made the trip. Like the pioneers of the Hudson Bay Company who first visited the area and established a trading fort here the Bruins were the pioneers of the wine industry in Lillooet.
Success is theirs, with their new 9500 sq foot facility including tasting room ( oh the view is magnificent), crush pad,wine cellar, guest patio and picnic area.Add to this the numerous awars for their wines including a Lt Gouvenor's Award you have a amazing story for Canada's wine industry.
See our website for a feature o the winery soon!