Ep 51. John Weber, owner of Orofino Vineyards discusses Canada’s first strawbale winery

The conception of John’s winery began in the spring of 2003. After months of researching and debating alternatives, the decision was made to build Canada’s first strawbale winery. Building design incorporated function and eye-pleasing detail. John and wife Virginia, aim to produce wines that show off the unique terroir of our Similkameen Valley. Its all about the people, the vineyards and our environment.

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John and Virginia both grew up in Southern Saskatchewan far away from anything to do with grapes and the wine industry. The closest they ever got to wine production was the jugs of chokecherry wine John’s parents made in their basement. Virginia studied nursing and became a registered nurse and John received a Bachelor of Arts in English and then went on to finish an Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan. Both got the travel bug and spent the majority of the two years after University travelling and working abroad. both grew up in Southern Saskatchewan far away from anything to do with grapes and the wine industry. The closest they ever got to wine production was the jugs of chokecherry wine John’s parents made in their basement. Virginia studied nursing and became a registered nurse and John received a Bachelor of Arts in English and then went on to finish an Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan. Both got the travel bug and spent the majority of the two years after University travelling and working abroad.

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