Fairview Cellars is the culmination of a life long quest of Bill Eggert’s to own and operate his own winery. The 10 acre property located adjacent to the first green of the Fairview Mountain Golf Course was purchased by Bill in 1989. After development of the water system the vineyard was started in 1993. The first commercial vintage was produced from the 1997 crop. Half the property was planted to Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc and Merlot were planted in equal parts to fill out the property. One row of Syrah and one row of Petit Verdot were added later, and Sauvignon Blanc was planted on a lower terraced bench close to the first green in 2007. Another property leased by Fairview Cellars known as the Quails’ Wayside Vineyard just up and around the corner from Fairview Cellars is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, and was made famous by 2009’s Icon Wine of the Year The Wrath Cabernet Sauvignon.
2008 saw the first vintage of Crooked Post Pinot Noir from a property just north of Oliver, under the Eagle Bluff across from McIntyre Bluff and Vaseux Lake.
Fairview Cellars and Bill Eggert were an integral part of helping BC’s first sub-appellation, the Golden Mile Bench, come to fruition in 2015. There are 11 wineries located within the demarcation of the Golden Mile Bench boundary; any winery using 95% fruit from within that area is able to label their wines Golden Mile DVA (designated viticultural area).
learn more about the Golden Mile Bench Sub-Appellation