October 4, 2013 1:36 pm

West Kelowna winery takes World’s Best pinot noir

Mission Hill Estate

WEST KELOWNA — The folks at Mission Hill Family Estate winery are walking on cloud nine after taking one of the most prestigious awards in the wine industry.

The West Kelowna winery has won world’s best pinot noir under $25 category at the Decanter World Wine Awards in London, England.

More than 14,000 wines from 61 regions around the world were entered in the competition.

“I was totally shocked when I learned that our Pinot Noir was named best in the world,” says Mission Hill’s Proprietor Anthony von Mandl. “I am still in awe that a wine from the still emerging Okanagan Valley could win against the best Pinot Noir in the world from Burgundy, Sonoma Country, Oregon, and New Zealand. This is a seminal moment for the entire Canadian wine industry!”

This is not the first time Mission Hill has walked away with an international award.

In 1994 Mission Hill Family Estate put the Okanagan Valley on the map by winning the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London for best Chardonnay in the world.

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