Located on a ridge with breathtaking panoramic views of Nakusp and the Arrow Lakes Valley of British Columbia, in an area renowned for its natural and developed Hot Springs, is the family owned and operated Valley of the Springs winery.
The Scott family have carved out a piece of paradise – a vineyard – smack dab in the middle of the forest, on a bed of granite rock.
It’s not your usual story of “we wanted to start a winery so we found some land.”
It’s the story of falling in love with viticulture – from that first row of vines.
This is a story of a family with a love of this land, farm, community, and a passion for making great wine with Arrow Lakes grapes.
It’s a story of blazing a trail, creating a legacy, and doing what many people said couldn’t be done here.
Valley of the Springs Winery has been a decade in the making – and we are ready to share this little piece of paradise and our crisp, cool, Kootenay wines with you.
Pioneering commercial grape growing in the Arrow Lakes Valley, proprietors Jody and Brenda Scott added grape vines to the property as a landscaping idea. That landscaping idea sparked a movement that would see the establishment of the Arrow Lakes Grape Growers Society. This society was made up of dedicated farmers and interested citizens alike. The data from the test plots and data loggers compiled by this dedicated group shows that our valley – a valley historically known for agriculture – is suitable to grow niche crops like wine grapes.
Jody has worked as a Faller in the logging industry for over 35 years, but if you’ve spent any time winding through his rows with him, you know that he found his true calling in the vineyard. What started as a landscaping project on their family acreage became a thirst for knowledge – and fine wine! Jody has spent countless hours researching, testing, and persevering; determining the best varieties of grapes to grow in the Arrow Lakes Valley.
Jody is a graduate of the Vineyard Management program at Okanagan College and was the co-chair of the Arrow Lakes Grape Growers Society (ALGGS). The mandate of the ALGGS was to promote grape growing in the Arrow Lakes Valley, to collect data from climate research, and to manage a research test plot which studied the feasibility of commercial scale grape growing and wine making in the Arrow Lakes.
Brenda’s ancestors have been entrepreneurs and farmers in the Arrow Lakes Valley for over a hundred years. Her green thumb combined with her love of cooking and entertaining deliver an exceptional guest experience.
Brenda is a Red Seal Chef who has worked as a Pastry Cook at Sparkling Hill Resort, and under Chef Tyler Leeson at Halcyon Hot Springs and the Broadway Deli. Brenda has a passion for growing her own food and sourcing local products. Her commitment to quality, attention to detail, and many hours of dedicated work, have ensured that all guests to the winery or Bed and Breakfast share the feeling of being relaxed, at ease, and always welcome.
The “rest of the team” is comprised of two children, their spouses, 4 grandchildren, a large extended family and many great friends who have helped to make this vision a reality.
Steph is a busy mom to three who returned to the valley with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and many years of operational and human resources experience. Steph supports the business in its marketing efforts, human resource management and strategic planning. She also readily sends her husband Dave over to the vineyard to help with anything requiring mechanical skills and/or arm strength.
Owen is a registered Geoscientist-in-Training with APEGBC and a graduate from the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Earth and Environmental Science. Owen’s technical skills coupled with his affinity for agriculture have been instrumental in the regulatory, environmental, and operational development of the winery. Owen’s better half, Shayna, has provided sound creative support to the business in both photography and artistic insight.
The winery has been supported by too many great friends and family members to mention them all here. They have supported in all aspects, but most notably, in bringing in the grapes every year. We wouldn’t have gotten here without the love and support of our family, friends, neighbors and community!