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Nk’Mip Cellars: Indigenous-owned winery celebrates 20 years of honouring its origins – Foodology

by ahnationtalk on November 30, 202238 Views

November 29, 2022

For the past 20 years, Nk’Mip Cellars have taken a unique approach to winemaking by connecting Canadians to their origin story – one steeped in Indigenous history and a deep relationship with the land. Gifting a bottle from the Indigenous-owned winery this season is a great way to support local artists, honour harvest traditions and celebrate the season.

Nk’Mip was originally founded by members of the Osoyoos Indian Band. The Okanagan First Nations once traveled widely to fish, gather and hunt and would return to their villages in the Okanagan Valley in the winter. Each year, the first harvests of roots, berries, fish and game were celebrated by ceremonies honouring the food chiefs who provided for the people.

Nk’Mip Estate Winemaker, Justin Hall grew up in Osoyoos, BC where the vineyards and winery are based. Like their ancestors before them, Justin and his team are celebrating the harvest season, where they work intimately with the land to harvest the grapes for the estate’s primary offerings.

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