The opening of a new winery in Sechelt drew friends, dignitaries and the public to taste Sunshine Coast Winery’s first wines last Thursday, and invited the general public on Saturday.
Amid the new winery’s facilities set still in the backdrop of lush Selma Park’s elegant flower gardens, winery co-owner and operator, Iris Fan welcomed everyone to enjoy the fruits of their maiden efforts.
“Thank you everyone for coming … we are proud to bring you the first wines from Sunshine Coast Winery,” Fan said, and she introduced winemaker and business partner, Keith Lau to their guests.
Fan’s nephew, Ben Lee spoke about an artisan spirit being behind the Sunshine Coast Winery’s passion for making good wines.
“If you really know what handcrafting means, it’s about not rushing things,” Lee noted, adding the personality of winemakers influence their discretion in balancing flavors, and helps make every wine distinct.
“Their passion about the craft is expressed in how they make it,” Lee explained, “and how they feel about where they’re making it.” District of Sechelt Mayor, John Henderson said that Fan is a determined entrepreneur.
“She said they were going to set up a winery, and I said, ‘Great,’” Henderson told guests. The ribbon was cut by the mayor along with Fan and Lau, their friends and family, and included the former flower farm owners Monty and Don Shinn, who sold them the land, and were very happy for the winemaker team.
“We come together to celebrate with the community and to show the Sunshine Coast supports new businesses … All business people know about the financial risks and the dedication it takes to do something like this,” the mayor said. Councillor Tom Lamb also congratulated the new enterprise owners for choosing the District for its location.