A Father’s Dream, a Family’s Journey: The beginning. Since the 1970s it was Sarwan Gidda’s dream to grow grapes that would produce world-class wines. This all began when his father, Mehtab Gidda, came to Canada from a small town in East Punjab, India. Having just $5 in his pocket, a metal plate, spoon, and fork, and not lick of English in his vocabulary, the dream of a better life began in 1958, when he settled in the Land of Wonder –the Okanagan Valley. Alongside his artillery of dinnerware, Mehtab brough over his experience of farming mango trees in Punjab. Thriving in the sizzling Indian summer suns year after year made him weather hearty for our Okanagan heat too. The entire family respects Mehtab for his courageousness and disciplined work ethic. Mehtab brought over his wife, and three sons, and together they were the first and only Indo-Canadian family in West Kelowna for 15 years. The family purchased their first property in 1963 and soon after were the largest apple farmers in West Kelowna. In 1978, the wonder and dream to farm a new fruit, grapes, arrived alongside a few sprinkles of wineries in the valley. With that excitement and wonder, one of the sons, Sarwan, and wife Sudarshana, pursued a new venture of growing grapes alongside Mehtab. After years of farming vineyard, the apple orchards and cherry trees have slowly shrunk in place for more grapes to quench the ever growing Canadian thirst for home grown wine. While Mehtab has since passed, today, their 68 acres of vineyard, are managed by Sarwan and family. In May 2010, Sarwan’s children finally fulfilled their father’s curious dream of establishing a winery, Volcanic Hills Estate Winery. You’ll often find Christina, Bobby, and Amit greeting you in the wine shop and giving you a memorable wine tasting experience with delicious award winning wines.
The old adage: It all starts in the vineyard. “My father really knows and understands how to grow Pinot Noir and Gewürztraminer,” says proprietor Bobby Gidda, “and because our vineyard sites offer near-perfect growing conditions, these varietals have become our flagship wines. Our focus is to produce distinctive, fruit-forward wines by utilizing premium grapes.”
All our wines have the BC VQA Mark of Quality, so you are guaranteed the wine has been produced from 100-percent BC-grown grapes.
One-hundred percent of the grapes used for making Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Rosé, Gamay Noir, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Zweigelt, and Foch are self-rooted, and come from our estate vineyards. Some vineyards are newly planted. The oldest are 40 years old. Currently, we have 68 acres of vineyards in West Kelowna, within 10 kilometers of our winery.
We believe in making wine with minimal interference and low-impact techniques, to showcase varietal characteristics through our sustainable grape-growing practices. We also try to be creative in making unique and unusual blends.
Origin of the Name
The 15,000-square-foot winery is on the southeastern slope of a 60-million-year-old dormant volcano, Boucherie Mountain, which inspired the name Volcanic Hills. The vineyards are located on volcanic soils, clay, ash, and silt, that are rich, fertile, and impart a distinct minerality to our wines. Continuing with volcano lingo is our medium-bodied red blend called “Magma”, and “Eruption”. The names were spawned with help from customers filling out an in-house ballot.
Membership and Association
We are member of the following Associations: