Family traditions are often handed down from generation to generation, and Sal D’Angelo learned the winemaking tradition from his grandfather in Italy. From one acre of grapes in Ontario, the vintner built his vineyard into a fifty-acre operation. He then set his sights on the fertile Okanagan and opened his BC winery in 2007. The grapes he chose for the Naramata Bench property are French viniferas and fine hybrids. The Viognier 2009 took a silver, and the 2008 Baco Noir took double gold at the 2011 All Canadian Wine Championships.
Now Sal is teaching his own children how to operate the vineyard and winery. The D’Angelo estate is a 27 acre lakefront property that includes a Bed & Breakfast as well as a wine shop.