In the Media

October 10, 2023: Painted Rocks vines survived the 2022 winter by John Schreiner

March 2022: Painted Rock Raises B.C.'s Profile by John Schreiner for West Coast Homes & Design

October 2, 2021: Salut: What's new is old by Anthony Gismondi for The Vancouver Sun

Sept 24, 2021: Nine British Columbia wines you need in your collection right now by Christopher Waters for The Globe & Mail

Sept 24, 2021: B.C. Merlots are knocking it out of the park by Anthony Gismondi for Vancouver Sun

March, 2021: Ancient Soil, New Roots by Joanne Sasvari in Food & Wine Magazine

February 5, 2021: Painting the town red with Painted Rock wine by Eric Hanson for Richmond News

January 29, 2021: There is no denying the quality of B.C.'s Merlots by Anthony Gismondi for The Vancouver Sun

January 2021: Proudly Canadian - John Skinner by Bob Bell for

December 2, 2020: Red Icon Named a Wine of the Year - Decanter Magazine, January 2021 Edition

November 27, 2020: WineAlign Guide to Canada's Best Wines 

September 25, 2020: 14 B.C. red wines to add to your cellar by Anthony Gismondi

September 19, 2020: Canada’s Napa Valley Seeks Elusive Audience: Canadian Wine Drinkers by Dan Bilefsky The New York Times 

August 2020: Canada's Global Wine Region by Daniel Honan for Decanter Magazine

May 6, 2020: BC Wine - getting it out there by Dave McIntyre for

April 13, 2020: Top 10: BC Reds by Anthony Gismondi for 

October 9, 2019: B.C. Wine of the Week by Anthony Gismondi for The Vancouver Sun

July 16, 2019: A Glamorous Winery Wedding by Real Weddings Vancouver WedLuxe 

June 5, 2019: Red Icon 2016 Review by Beppi Crosariol for The Globe and Mail 

May 31, 2019: Wines from Okanagan, Canada's Napa Valley by Jancis Robinson for The Financial Times

May 31, 2019: Press Release: Jancis Robinson reviews Painted Rock Wines 

May 30, 2019: British Columbia - catching up fast by Jancis Robinson for

May 13, 2019: Okanagan Valley pouring wine from two new distinct areas from the BC Ministry of Agriculture

March 18, 2019: A Romantic Vineyard Wedding at Penticton's Painted Rock Winery by Bianca Bujan realweddings

March 12, 2019: Weddingbells 2019 Canadian Wedding Awards by Kimberly Aglipay Weddingbells

March 7, 2019: Painted Rock releases its 2016 reds by John Schreiner Blog Post

February 23, 2019: Red red wine, you make me feel so fine by Steve MacNaull The Daily Courier

February 22, 2019: Salut!: Best of the Vancouver International Wine Festival by Anthony Gismondi Vancouver Sun

December 5, 2018: B.C.'s Budding Wine Scene by Paul Gregutt Wine Enthusiast 

December, 2018: Wineries and Vineyards Vote in Favour of Skaha Bench Sub-GI: Press Release

Skaha Bench Sub-GI Proposal
- Skaha Bench Sub-GI Technical Report 

November 19, 2018: Modern-Chic Wedding at Painted Rock by Kimberly Aglipay Weddingbells 

October 11, 2018: Painted Rock announced as the InterVin International Winery of the Year 2018/2019 by Christopher Waters Vines Magazine

October 5, 2018: In BC, a burgeoning wine region that’s showing its muscle by Dave McIntyre The Washington Post

September 11, 2018: How the Okanagan Valley hopes to take its wines to the world by Richard Siddle The Buyer

September 28, 2018: 2015 Cabernet Franc and 2015 Syrah take home Gold at BCLGWA 

August 8, 2018: Steven Spurrier's fine wine picks Decanter Magazine (September Edition) 

July 31, 2018: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Red Icon win Gold at WineAlign NWAC 

July 30, 2018: Exciting Canadian Wines to Try Decanter Magazine

June 22, 2018: The 500 year old inspiration behind Painted Rock's brand by Thalia Stopa for Scout Magazine

June 15, 2018: Merlot the top grape for B.C's mainland wineries by Anthony Gismondi for The Vancouver Sun 

June 15, 2018: How Canadian wine is more than ready to come out of hiding by Richard Siddle for The Buyer

June 5, 2018: Some top red wines from BC, Canada by Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak

April 28, 2018 Les trois vins coups de cœur de Leagh Barkley, chef sommelier by Laure Gasparott for Le Monde

April 24, 2018: The Cabernet Franc Report:by Pamela Heiligenthal for

April 16, 2018: For Immediate Release: The Okanagan Wine Initiative Founded by Seven Wineries. 

March 8, 2018: Top Ten: Cabernet Sauvignon by Anthony Gismondi The Vancouver Sun

March 7, 2018: Winner: Georgia Straight Golden Plates

February 23, 2018: Insiders Guide to the 2018 VIWF tasting room by Anthony Gismondi The Vancouver Sun

February 2, 2018: B.C Wine of the Week: Cabernet Franc by Anthony Gismondi The Vancouver Sun

January 31, 2018: British Columbia's (im)perfect pitch by Richard Hemming, MW for 

January 31, 2018: Painted Rock will take on Bordeaux blog by John Schreiner

Jamuary 17, 2018: Syrah: Rated 92 Points by Beppi Crosariol The Globe and Mail

December 19, 2017: Red Icon: Rated 94 Points by Beppi Crosariol The Globe and Mail

November 24, 2017 Anthony Gismondi's Wines of Winter by Anthony Gismondi The Vancouver Sun

November 17, 2017 Painted Rock places 4th in BC Iconic Reds Tasting -  Blog by John Schreiner

November, 2017 Private Vines by Lance Richardson in the Australia Financial Review's Luxury Magazine (PDF)

October 18, 2017 Okanagan wineries to intervene in Supreme Court over trade barriers by Shelby Thom, Global News

September 9, 2017 Stomp.Eat.Drink by Steve MacNaull in The Daily Courier

July 18, 2017: Candid Canada by James Button for 

July 18, 2017 Eight wonderful wine choices from recent vintages of Canadian red by Beppi Crosariol

July 13, 2017 Ten Canadian Wine Recommendations by James Button in Decanter

June 28, 2017 SALUT: Top 25 B.C. wines for summer by Anthony Gismondi in Vancouver Sun 

March 10, 2017 That’s the spirit! How Canadian politicians use diplomatic dinners to push wine into foreign markets by David Akin in the National Post

March 2017 Digging the dirt in British Columbia by Tina Gellie in Decanter

February 9, 2017 Gismondi's Wine of the Week, Painted Rock Cabernet Franc 2014 by Anthony Gismondi in the Vancouver Sun

February 2, 2017 Greyscale at Painted Rock Estate Winery by Shivana Maharaj in City Style and Living Magazine

January 24, 2017 Painted Rock Cabernet Franc, 2014 by Beppi Crosariol in The Globe and Mail

Hanuary 17, 2017  Sipping and Eating the Okanagan by Dr Roomkin Maharaj in City Style and Living Magazine

January 12, 2017 The Okanagan's 8 Most Stunning Wineries by Vancouver Magazine 

October 28, 2016 You say Shiraz, I say Syrah by Anthony Gismondi in the Vancouver Sun

September 14, 2016 Reviewing Painted Rock's Red Icon by John Schreiner

September 9, 2016 Bears, Boars and Baboons, Oh My! By Kasey Carpenter in Wine Spectator

August 17, 2016 Quartz Floor Hits the Right Notes at Award Winning Painted Rock Estate Winery in Okanagan Valley in

August Edition of Decanter Magazine Steven Spurrier on his Expert's Choice of British Columbia wines  

July 14, 2016 by Painted Rock Estate Grown 2015 Chardonnay review by Beppi Crosariol in the Globe & Mail

July 5, 2016 BC Wine of the Week - Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 by Anthony Gismondi in the Vancouver Sun

June 23, 2016 Jamie Goode's Wine Blog In the Okanagan, BC, Canada: Summerhill Pyramid, Liquidity and Painted Rock

May 26, 2016 John Schreiner on Wine reviews our 2015 Chardonnay

May 11, 2016 Export sucess comes with a litttle help from Global Affiars Canada by Michael Bernard in Export Wise Magazine

April 22, 2016 Dream Jobs on the Lynda Steele show on CKNW

April 17, 2016 What can you expect form Okanagan Falls Wines in 2016? by Karl Kliparchuk My Wine Pal

April 11, 2016 Okanagan Falls Wineries come to town in 2016 by John Schreiner

April 8, 2016 Go South for More Okanagan Valley by Anthony Gismondi in the Vancouver Sun

February 2016 Sliding loonie a ‘golden opportunity’ for wine exporters, Asha Hingorani, Embassy News 

January 19, 2016 Painted Rock Syrah 2013, British Columbia, Beppi Crosariol, The Globe & Mail

January 18, 2016 B.C. wineries look for clarity in wine labelling, Anne Drewa for Global News

January 17, 2016 The Best of British Columbia, Part Two by Steven Spurrier in Sommjournal

December 5, 2015 Get into the B.C. Spirit by Anthony Gismondi in the Vancouver Sun

November 17, 2015 Painted Rock adds Cab Franc by John Schreiner in John Schreiner on Wine

October 5, 2015 In Search of Big Reds by Derrick Rozdeba in South Okanagan Wine & Food

September 25, 2015 Blending In by Anthony Gismondi in the Vancouver Sun

August 3, 2015 Painted Rock's impressive 2014 Chardonnay by John Schreiner in John Schreiner on Wine

July 30, 2015 More Choice offered at winery special events by Dale Boyd in the Penticton Western News 

July 27, 2015 Painted Rock Estate Winery reviewed by

June 15, 2015 Painted Rock Winery Tasting Room; Banquets, bottles, and more.  by Jim Tobler in Monte Cristo Magazine.

May 15, 2015 BC Wineries up BC's presence by Rupert Millar in The Drinks Business.

May 8, 2015 Six Cult Wines of the Okanagan by Tom Firth in Calgary Avenue Magazine.

October 17, 2014 Painted Rock Winery: A Modern Okanagan Wedding Editorial in Bride Canada

October 16, 2014 Rock Star Winery of the Year by Christopher Waters in Vines Magazine

October 15, 2014 Spotlight on Painted Rock Estate Winery by Ben Macphee-Sigurdson in the Winnipeg Free Press

September 11, 2014 Where Ultra Modern meets BC Wine Country by Marc Smith in 30 Day Adventures

August 29, 2014 48 Hours in Penticton:  Where to Eat and Drink by Nikki Bayley in Eater

August 2014 John Skinner is interviewed on the Jim Harrison Radio show on NL Broadcasting

July 14, 2014 Provinces remain protectionist as feds loosen liquor laws by Glen Korstrom in Business in Vancouver

July 14, 2014 Okanagan Falls: More Than Just a Pretty Place by Tim Pawsey in BC Wines and wineries, Food & wine festivals

June 4, 2014 Q&A Proprietor at Painted Rock Estate Winery by Stephanie Arsenault in Eat North

May 30, 2014 12 Essential Okanagan Wines by Neal McLennan in Western Living Magazine

May 30, 2014 Most Beautiful Okanagan Wineries by Neal McLennan in Western Living Magazine

May 22, 2014 Manufacutring and exporting: BC reds, whites on the Radar by Michaeal Bernard in Business Vancouver 

May 10, 2014 Painted Rock's 2011's Made Me Red by Nancy Baye in Tasting Room Confidential

May 2014 Wiinery Tasting Room designed with ALUCOBOND®ACM to Reflect Lakeside setting's natural beauty in ARCHITECT Magazine

April 13, 2014 Gotham 15th Anniversary Soiree attracts local celeb by Catherine Barr in the Vancouver Sun

March 26, 2014 Liam Carrier reviews Painted Rock's 2011 Merlot

March, 2014 So Much for Retirement by Daenna Van Mulligen

March, 2014 Wine Weekend at Clayoquot

March, 2014 Wedding Bells names Painted Rock as one of the 30 Loveliest Wedding Venues of 2014

February 12, 2014 BC Business presents CEO's in cars with John Skinner (see video)

January 25, 2014 Anthony Gismondi reviews Painted Rock's 2011 Syrah

January 10, 2014 Global News BC Wine Makes it Big in China by Linda Aylesworth

January 6, 2014 Business in Vancouver Asian Restaurants Charging top dollar for BC Wines by Gordon Hamilton

January 1, 2014 WE Vancouver City Cellar BC Wines Run for the Border by Kurtis Kolt

January, 2014 Montecristo Magazine Painted Rock Estate Winery Tasting Room by Jim Tobler

November 27, 2013 Toronto Sun Creekside Estate Winery breaks out with a powerful Syrah by Christopher Waters

October 28, 2013 The Wine Diva British Columbia's Best by Daenna Van Mulligen

October 17, 2013 The Province The Swirl: Best of BC by James Nevison

September 22, 2013 Scout Magazine First Look at Painted Rock Estate Winerys brand new Tasting Room by Andrew Morrison

May 7, 2013 Globe & Mail Painted Rock Syrah 2010 Beppi Crosariol

May 6, 2013 BC Business Magazine The Second Coming of BC Wineries by John Schreiner

April 19, 2013 Adventures in BC Wine by Russell Ball

February 13, 2013 Savour Magazine Building a Legacy Family Business by Chytra Brown

February 8, 2013 Globe & Mail Why 5,000 is a "magic number" for stock broker turned wine maker by Diane Jermyn

Painted Rock named #1 Winery in BC at the 2012 Wine Access Canadian Wine Awards

July 5, 2012 2012 Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines

Eleven wines have been chosen for the 2012 Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines.  We are very pleased and proud to announce that for the second time in our first three vintages Painted Rock has earned two of the prestigious BC Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in BC Wines.  These highly coveted awards will be presented to us by His Honour Stephen Point on July 26th at our winery.

When we won two awards for our first vintage it confirmed that we were on the right track and validated the potential of our estate property, our team and our mandate. Now with our third vintage we expect to solidify our reputation as reliable and consistent producers of excellent wines. Our very simple goal is to get better and not bigger and to realize the full potential of our Skaha Bench estate vineyard. We have enjoyed wonderful support and acceptance of our wines since they were first released for which we are very grateful. This has enabled us to continue to adhere to the strictest protocol and mandate in our quest to produce the finest wines.

The award winning wines, our 2009 Red Icon blend ($55) and our 2009 Syrah ($40) are available in limited quantities if you contact Jill at 604 765 4538 or by email at  We also have a few signed and numbered magnums of the 2009 Red Icon available at $125 per bottle.

This year was the largest competition in the 10-year history of the awards, with 347 wines submitted from 94 wineries across the province.

May 23, 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards 2012

Results of more than 12,200 entries for the Decanter World Wine Awards 2012 were announced today in London. Painted Rock’s 2009 Painted Rock, Red Icon has won a SILVER MEDAL.

Wines at Decanter are tasted blind within their region of origin and price bracket to ensure that an expression of terroir is taken into account, and wines are compared like for like. Each wine is individually assessed and discussed by a dedicated panel before a verdict is recorded. The initial grades that a wine can receive from a panel are: no award, Commended, Bronze, Silver or Gold. All Silver and Gold-medal winning wines are re-tasted by the Regional Chair for confirmation.

This wine will be featured at the Unsigned Talent tasting at the 2012 London International Wine Fair, May 22-24 in Excel, London. For full results of the 2012 Decanter World Wine Wards, please visit

May 8, 2012 Syrah du Monde

In the Syrah du Monde, an International competition between the best Syrah in the world, 445 wine samples from 24 countries were tasted. The judges tasted in accordance with the International Rules, and they strictly followed Quality Assurance procedures. After three days of judging, the panels awarded medals to 149.

Painted Rock’s 2009 Syrah took home a SILVER MEDAL. For full results of the 2012 Syrah du Monde wine awards, please visit

February 22, 2012 Interview with John Skinner of Painted Rock Estate Winery Tasting Room Radio with your host Terry David Mulligan.


Painted Rock Estate Winery was just ranked #1 Winery in BC and #3 Winery in Canada at the 2011 Wine Access Canadian Wine Awards. The producer of ultra-premium Okanagan wines received 13 medals, including 3 Gold, as well as 4 Silver and 6 Bronze.
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October 22, 2011 The Okanagan Saturday - Taking Valley wines to the big city

The grapes may be grown and the wine made in the Okanagan, but the reality is the Lower Mainland is the biggest market for Valley vintages.
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October 2011 Vancity Hot Sheet - Hot Grape Painted Rock

While in Whistler, Van City Hot Sheet was tasked with an evening of sampling fine wine at two of the area's most acclaimed restaurants, Araxi and The Wine Room at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.
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July 12, 2011 A critic's guide to South Okanagan wineries

Beppi Crosariol, the Globe and Mail

John Skinner, the owner of Painted Rock Estate Winery in British Columbia, loves visitors. When he's on site at his arresting property in the Okanagan Valley, he often whisks tourists to the cellar for a treat...

January 21, 2011 Vancouver Magazine 7th Annual 2011 Wine Awards

Winner - Rich Reds, Painted Rock 2007 Merlot
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Painted Rock Estate Winery is pleased to announce the release of our highly anticipated 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon.
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Painted Rock Estate Winery's 2007 Red Icon and 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon win 2010 Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence In BC Wines!
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July 11, 2010 John Schriener on wine - Lieutenant Governor's 2010 wine excellence winners

Ten wineries emerged as winners in this year's competition for the Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines with Painted Rock winning two of them...
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June 30, 2010 Mike Nierychlo ONLINE

Painted Rock Winery's John Skinner talks to Mike Nierychlo.
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May 25, 2010 John Schriener on wine - A preview of Painted Rock's 2008 Red Icon

The first wines released last fall by Painted Rock Estate Winery - reds from 2007, a Chardonnay from 2008 - were widely acclaimed by restaurateurs and wine critics...
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Painted Rock Estate Winery awarded "Best of Varietal, Merlot" at the 2010 Okanagan Spring Wine Festival along with finalist awards for all its other wines.
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Painted Rock Estate Winery gets scores of 90 Points and above from Natalie MacLean.
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Wine picks, articles and humor from Natalie MacLean, named the World's Best Drink Writer at the World Food Media Awards in Australia. Natalie is also the author of Red, White and Drunk All Over: A Wine Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass. For more details on this book and to sign up for the newsletter, visit

October 22, 2009 John Schriener on wine - Painted Rock makes a strong debut...

Read John Schriener's latest article on Painted Rock.
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Painted Rock Estate Winery awarded 'Best New Winery' at 2009 Okanagan Fall Wine Festival
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October 11, 2009 Okanagan Fall 2009 Wine Festival

Okanagan Fall Wine Judging Competition results announced. Record entries create industry buzz and judges award 25 gold medals
Painted Rock chosen Best New Winery
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October 3, 2009 The Vancouver Sun

BC Wine of the Week - Painted Rock Red Icon 2007. Look for a big spicy, peppery, blackcherry nose with cassis, barnyard, mocha and vanilla aromas...
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September 6, 2009 Tasting Notes by Anthony Gismondi

2008 Painted Rock Chardonnay
2007 Painted Rock Merlot
2007 Painted Rock Syrah
2007 Painted Rock Cabernet Sauvignon
2007 Painted Rock Red Icon