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- 1881 Highway 99 North
Lillooet, British Columbia
Fort Berens Estate Winery
Fort Berens Estate Winery is a culmination of the dreams, vision and pioneering spirit of several entrepreneurs. It was founded with a pioneering spirit and forged on the road less traveled. The winery is owned by a team of seven individuals who share a common belief in the incredible wine-making potential of British Columbia’s Fraser Canyon and a shared vision to make Fort Berens into one of Canada’s leading producers of fine wine.
Founding partners Rolf de Bruin and Heleen Pannekoek initiated the venture in 2005 with a search for suitable land and a dream that was to become Fort Berens. The pair emigrated from Holland and settled in Lillooet, British Columbia, with their young family in 2009 to establish Lillooet’s first commercial vineyard.
Fort Berens sets out to produce consistent, high-quality, award-winning, terroir-driven wines. This is done with minimal intervention so that the terroir and the fruit can shine through in the glass. The main focus is on producing single varietals from single vineyards. While most of their wines are produced from grapes grown in their Estate Vineyard, they do seek out a few other vineyards to supplement production. In the future, they hope to be able to source grapes from other vineyards in Lillooet.
Winery license number: 303648