Heaven’s Gate Winery Offers Bliss in Summerland
iNwine Spotlight by Jennifer Schell
Set pristinely above Lake Okanagan in beautiful Summerland, you will find Heaven’s Gate Winery. Aptly named, the vineyard rolls towards the water offering the perfect Okanagan mountain scape, with only the sounds of birds chirping and perhaps a neighbour’s tractor, it is pure bliss.
Winemaker/owner Tyson Felt was immediately captivated by this special property in 2017 when he first viewed it. While living in Alberta and working in real estate his parents, who reside in Summerland, became aware of the vineyard and winery for sale. Tyson flew out and fell in love with it. He says,
“after experiencing this view, there is no way I could walk away from it.”
Tyson grew up on a farm in Alberta but had absolutely no background in winemaking or viticulture. It was pure passion to learn the craft drove him and after a remarkably short period, he became the one-man winery that he is today. Managing the vineyard, cellar, winemaking, he happily operates his boutique winery and creates award-winning handcrafted, small-batch wines.