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Five Vines Cellars: the latest news

Meet our team, learn about our business, and see behind the scenes as we continue our wine journey in beautiful British Columbia. We believe wine is about time and place; but it's our people, and their stories that make our time fun and this place interesting.


Christa-Lee McWatters Bond
December 15, 2019 | Christa-Lee McWatters Bond

A personal note to our customers and suppliers

A personal note to our customers and suppliers.

As my dad, the late Harry McWatters, used to joke “it’s the BC wine industry; if you haven’t heard a rumour by 10am, start one”.

I am aware that there are many rumours circulating about ENCORE Vineyards. If you want clarification on something you may have heard, ask me and I will do my best to reply.

Let me shed light on a few things.

It is true the last few months have been difficult. Since our dad passed away, we have been sorting out the business, so much of it was in his head. It is a fact that as the new CEO I inherit this situation. I am working closely with my family, many professional advisors, industry experts, customers, and our phenomenal team to set a new direction for ENCORE Vineyards all while leveraging our award winning brands. We all thank everyone for their understanding and patience as we make our way through.

Christa-Lee McWatters President & CEO - ENCORE Vineyards Ltd

Time Posted: Dec 15, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Christa-Lee McWatters Bond
September 11, 2017 | Christa-Lee McWatters Bond

Hockey Fans Score Big on Flavour

[Penticton, BC] TIME Winery is pleased to announce its partnership with the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation and South by Southwest Wine Imports of Calgary. This partnership is exciting for all organizations as it combines an offering of exclusive Okanagan wine to Flames fans while supporting the Flames Foundation. Penticton's TIME Winery will be the official wine supplier of the Calgary Flames and the Flames wine will also be sold at local retailers in Calgary.
TIME Winery's co-branded It's Go TIME Calgary Flames Pinot Gris and It's Go TIME Calgary Flames Cabernet Merlot ($19.99 SRP each) will be the wines of choice at licenced venues across the Scotiabank Saddledome, the home of the Calgary Flames.
Christa-Lee McWatters Bond, director of sales and marketing for TIME Winery, said this is a perfect partnership for hockey fans on both sides of the provincial border.
"Penticton is the summer home of the Flames and their fans, with some team members having summer homes here. They come to relax, enjoy outdoor activities, take in our dining scene and of course, explore Okanagan wine country."
Gord Norrie, VP Sports Property Sales and Marketing for the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation said, the Calgary Flames have chosen to partner with TIME Winery considering the history of the McWatters family as pioneers in the British Columbia wine industry and pedigree of their wine making ability and brand building prowess. 
TIME Winery, along with ENCORE Vineyards Ltd's sister labels, Evolve Cellars and McWatters Collection, were introduced to Alberta this spring via South by Southwest Wine Imports, an industry and community leader with sponsorship involvement with many other charities in its community.
Special retail promotions for the co-branded wines will be launched in Calgary, with proceeds supporting the Calgary Flames Foundation.

About TIME Winery:

While the literal definition of TIME may be elusive, it is an observed phenomenon which allows us to honour key moments in our shared journey through life. With 50 vintages of experience in the South Okanagan, the team knows that our unique terroir can offer the right wine to celebrate any occasion. TIME Winery is committed to creating wines that express the unique flavours of Okanagan wine country. 
Built within a revitalized historic theatre in downtown Penticton, the heart of South Okanagan wine country, the new TIME Winery opens in 2017.
Sip the latest vintages, which offer expressive and elegant flavours of Okanagan terroir while you explore the inner workings of a fully-functional winery. Complete the experience at the tasting bar and lounge, or with your guests on the intimate outdoor patio. TIME Winery's full kitchen and event space provide a unique venue for your next public or private event.
For more information, visit 

Time Posted: Sep 11, 2017 at 9:00 AM
Christa-Lee McWatters Bond
February 17, 2017 | Christa-Lee McWatters Bond

Grandfather of BC Wine Recognized for Contributions to Canada's Wine Industry

[Vancouver, BC] The Vancouver International Wine Festival's coveted Spirited Industry Professional (SIP) Award has been presented to Harry McWatters, CEO and president of ENCORE Vineyards Ltd.
Hailed as the Okanagan Valley's great wine pioneer, McWatters, a 50-vintage veteran of the wine industry, has been credited with building BC's wine industry into the award-winning, internationally-recognized business it is today.
The annual SIP Award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the sales, service or promotion of wine in British Columbia. 
McWatters was recognized in front of a crowd of 340 peers in the Canadian wine industry at Celebrating Excellence: the 14th annual Awards Lunch on February 17.
Upon learning he won the award, a nearly speechless McWatters said, "I'm humbled, I'm honoured, and very proud of all you producers and merchants for making Canada a great wine producing country."
"Harry McWatters is, quite simply, the Robert Mondavi of British Columba wines," said Tony Aspler, Canadian wine journalist and wine competition judge. 
"Harry has been instrumental in building the BC wine industry into something that is producing serious, quality wines that are growing in reputation around the world," notes Rhys Pender MW, wine educator, judge, writer and winemaker.
Harry began his investment in the BC wine industry in 1968 as a sales manager at Casabello Wines in Vancouver. He moved to the Okanagan in 1977 with his family, founding Sumac Ridge Estate Winery in 1980 and See Ya Later Ranch in 1995. Numerous firsts followed before the two wineries were sold to Vincor (now Constellation Brands) in 2000. 
This year, McWatters celebrates 50 vintages in the BC wine industry, and showing no signs of slowing down, plans to open the new TIME Winery facility in a revitalized historic building in downtown Penticton this year, which will produce wines under the TIME Winery, Evolve Cellars and McWatters Collection labels. 
Read more about Harry McWatters HERE.
For images or to interview Harry McWatters, please contact Sujinder Juneja at 604-367-6745.


Time Posted: Feb 17, 2017 at 4:59 PM
Christa-Lee McWatters Bond

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Tasting Room Associates, Evolve Cellars

Every action you take has intention – to accomplish, create and grow. Like us, you strive to Evolve. Do you have a passion for wine, enthusiasm for great customer service and a positive outgoing personality?

We are seeking fun, passionate, hard working team members to work with us in our tasting room for full and part time/seasonal positions; team players who are able to work a flexible schedule that includes weekends and holidays.


  • Must be 19 years of age, and have Serving It Right certificate
  • Passion for wine and customer service
  • Outgoing, friendly, and welcoming personality
  • Knowledge of POS Systems and experience in hospitality/wine industry is an asset
  • Must be able to lift 40lbs and stand for extended periods of time


  • Open and close tasting room
  • Greet all visitors to the tasting room and provide them with our Evolve Cellars experience
  • Assist customers with purchases, wine club sign ups, and shipping
  • Lead group tastings and tours
  • General wine shop duties

 How to Apply 

Please e-mail resume to Christa-Lee at

Time Posted: Apr 22, 2016 at 3:37 PM
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