After Arnie Elgert (Mindy's husband and Lisa's dad) purchased the property in 1991, the land lay unplanted for several years as he researched potential crops. Hemp? Seabuckthorn? Ginseng? The advent of vineyards in the South Okanagan had begun some years previously and was spreading rapidly. In the winter of 1996 Arnie finally made his decision: grapes it was!! Planting began the spring of '97 with the help of friends, and finished the next year. A commercial deep-sea fisherman since the age of 17, Arnie's dream was to eventually expand the vineyard to include a winery upon his retirement from the fishing industry. Preparations were made, but all plans were put on hold when Arnie was diagnosed with cancer in 2007. After his passing in 2008, the vineyard was put on the market, but ultimately the girls decided to carry on with the original plan: to open a tiny winery. The license was obtained spring of 2011, and the first vintage made that fall with the assistance of Karnail Singh Sidhu of Kalala Organic Estates in West Kelowna.