Greata Ranch Vineyards, situated between Peachland and Summerland, was established in 1895 by George Greata and was one of the most prolific peach orchards in the Okanagan. Based upon Senator Ross Fitzpatrick’s boyhood memories of visiting the property with his father and sampling the sweet peaches, he purchased the property in 1994 and restored its former agricultural splendor by establishing 40 acres of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Ehrenfelser, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Pinot Blanc vines. The Fitzpatrick’s recently sold CedarCreek Estate Winery to von Mandl Family Estates but retained Greata Ranch Vineyards. Under the leadership of Gordon Fitzpatrick the family is now working on exciting new plans to transform Greata Ranch into a Sparkling Wine House. Their inaugural vintage of 2012 traditional method Sparkling Wine was released August 2016. To prepare for this change the Greata Ranch Wine Shop is closed while renovations are underway for the re-launch of the Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards April 1, 2017. The new 7,500 case boutique winery will specialize in Sparkling Wine but will also produce Chardonnay, Ehrenfelser, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Rosé, Pinot Noir and Meritage. There will also be a Mediterranean style bistro attached to the existing Wine Shop. It will be a magical wine country stop to sip a glass of Sparkling Wine and savour a slice of thin crust pizza while soaking up the breathtaking waterfront view from the deck.