C.C. Jentsch Cellars
We are one of 12 Proud Members of the Official Golden Mile Bench Sub DVA Application!
Over 63 acres of the prestigious wine region, and B.C.'s first sub-appellation “The Golden Mile Bench” in Oliver, BC is home to C.C. Jentsch Cellars. The Jentsch family has been farming the Okanagan since 1929. Amber Pratt, head Winemaker, is crafting Chris and Betty Jentsch’s estate-grown fruit into premium labels. Viognier, The Quest, Cab Merlot, Syrah, ‘The Dance’ (Rose) and 'The Chase' and a limited release Small Lots Series from select varietals establish the portfolio. 'The Chase' is a Bordeaux-style blend, that boasts 5 of the 6 classic Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot. At C.C. Jentsch Cellars, we focus on crafting our finest fruit into honestly made, premium wines that represent outstanding quality and value.
Like most people you probably assumed that C. C. were Chris’ initials? Actually, they stand for his middle name, Carl, and his wife's middle name, Coelho, which means rabbit in Portuguese. Chris' branding describes his life, or more accurately, the most important part of it- his love and devotion for his wife, Betty. For 30 years, Chris believed that both he and Betty, born in 1963, were the same Chinese Zodiac sign - the Rabbit. One day, a Korean restaurateur explained to him that the Chinese New Year starts in February, and suddenly he realized that he had been a Tiger all along. Chris illustrates all of this in his branding and the names of his wines: 'The Chase', and 'The Dance' (a Rosé) and The Quest are all themes coming from the pursuit of, and desire for the one woman I have loved for so many years. And one day I am going to catch her...”
Chris Jentsch is a man, a husband, a father and a farmer. He grew grapes for decades when he and a group of friends pondered what they would do differently if they could go back 40 years…and the answers were all the same - take more risks. This stayed with Chris and fueled the fire to turn his estate grown fruit into good, honest wine. That’s the story, no frills or gimmicks, just a guy taking risks. Chris is down to earth, kind, and lives life “one day at a time”.