BLACK MARKET WINE CO. Okanagan Falls, B.C.
Small batch "Garagiste" winemakers (and Calgarians) Michelle Shewchuk and Rob Hammersley, hand-craft their award-winning wines in Okanagan Falls. Michelle and Rob source their grapes from Okanagan vineyards that are responsibly and sustainably farmed by growers who care as much about quality as they do. They believe that being small and nimble allows them to break the rules and craft inspired wines that are the result of unique collaborations with great growers.
At Black Market, the goal is to make each wine with a strong expression of the varietal character, and with the least amount of winemaker intervention as possible. The vineyards from which they source their grapes are responsibly farmed by growers who care as much about quality as they do. From the moment the grapes are harvested and arrive at the crush pad, they delicately craft them in small lots, ensuring every single bottle of Black Market wine boasts exceptional quality and flavour.
About the Name
The name Black Market Wine Co. “…is a jab at the frustratingly archaic interprovincial trade laws,” says winery co-owner Rob Hammersley.
“Long before we got into the wine business, Michelle (my wife and business partner) and I used to travel from Calgary to the Okanagan Valley in search of great small wineries — ones that you could never find in the market in Alberta. We’d load up our car with cases and cases of wine, and then ‘smuggle’ it back over the border into Alberta.”
The couple took the name and their story to graphic designer Bernie Hadley-Beauregard at Vancouver’s Brandever studio. “What he came up with for Secret Society was an Illuminati-inspired visual incorporating symbols to represent the underground wine trade. The use of the eye in our labels and logo is a constant reminder of those watching over all the ‘bad’ things we’re doing!”
BC Wine Trends did a great profile of Black Market's latest releases in September.