On a mountain-side vineyard, a family ranch dating back to the mid-1800s, winemaker Ann Sperling, along with family members, have been keeping the family tradition of “Love & Labour.”
It was only in 2009 that the team chose to evolve the generational vineyard with the launch of their first wines under the Sperling Vineyard name.
“We have a stellar vineyard with amazing terroir where we can indulge our passion and create wines for the table and cellar,” says Sperling, “so it was an opportunity we seized.”
Spring 2016 sees the launch of a new label series that embraces that family heritage while tapping into creative streaks. “We looked closely at our roots, which revealed that the miracle of human effort, combined with nature’s energy, has been the source of our pride for generations.” Drawing inspiration from the family’s 19th century barn built by their great-grandparents, and especially the joinery of the hewn logs, a label series has been created, “to connect and inspire.”
Graphic designer Laura Wills of Messenger brought together these elements with a fresh, almost mouth-watering twist, to roll out this new generation.
“I’ve always loved Ann’s bright and vibrant wines,” says Laura, “so creating a label series to reflect her energy and passion was a task that fueled my creativity. And given the very hands-on nature of growing and crafting artisan wines, the symbolic link between clasped hands and the corners of traditional hewn logs was very powerful.”
Sperling Vineyards is the eponymous vineyard and winery of Ann Sperling. Together with four generations of family members, she grows wine exclusively from the cherished family estate. The focus is on bright, mineral driven wines from old vines, including classic method Sparkling wines, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, along with fresh blends: Market White, the newly introduced Market Red and the ever-refreshing heritage Moscato, “Speritz.” Look for these labels at local wine retail, VQA stores and Save-On Foods shelves, or visit their vines and wines in Kelowna at 1405 Pioneer Road on the east side of the city.