Play Estate Winery has been a passion project for the Pechet Family (Stagewest Hospitality brand). For years the group of business partners discussed opening a winery in the picturesque Okanagan region. The ideal location was found in the Skaha Hills Development overlooking Skaha Lake.
This was the moment Play Estate Winery was born!
Play Estate Winery features an iconic modern architectural construction which houses a wine shop, tasting bar and bistro with Penticton’s finest view. Beautifully accenting around the facility, Play features a 14 acre vineyard consisting of wine varietals such as Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat, and Viognier.
Stage West Hospitality and our Team are proud to present the Winery and look forward to showcasing our crafted varietals. We welcome all visitors to browse our website or join us on site to enjoy a true Okanagan experience!
Gordon Ritchie is a 45 year hospitality and wine industry professional, with close to 30 years marketing many of the world’s finest wine producers, including Bollinger Champagne, Veuve Clicquot Champagne, Maison Joseph Drouhin, Domaine de la Romanee Conti, Comtes Georges de Vogue, Marchese Antinori, Ornellaia, Chateau Musar, Pio Cesare, Kistler, Calera, Dow’s Port, Rosemount, Blue Mountain, and more. Gordon also worked as Il Direttore di Vino for Umberto Menghi, overseeing a ten restaurant award-winning wine program, staff wine training, sommelier to the customers, and running Umberto’s Wine Club. In the early 1980s, Gordon was Maitre d’hotel of the famous Cavalier Grill in the Hotel Georgia (now Hawksworth Restaurant location), followed by posts at Hotel Vancouver as Assistant Maitre d’hotel of the iconic Panorama Roof and Maitre d’hotel of the Timber Club restaurant. It was always in the plans to manage a ‘small lots’ winery, and getting a bistro with a breathtaking view of Skaha Lake thrown in is a very special bonus.
Stephanie Bryers was born and raised in Ontario where she found her passion in wine and began her studies. Graduated from Niagara College Teaching Winery in 2015. Canada’s only hands on teaching facility. Worked at Trius Winery in Ontario boasting Canada’s largest underground sparkling caverns, and apart of the Andrew Peller Family. She than moved to travel internationally; working at Te Awa estates in New Zealand in the world famous Gimblett Gravels of Hawke’s Bay where Syrah lives, northern Portugal at Porto Cruz and Quinta de Lubazim, home of Port in concrete lagares and deep reds where the vineyard blend is key. Coming to the Okanagan Valley for a vintage at Culmina Family Estate Winery where she stayed on to call the Okanagan home as Assistant Winemaker for an additional two years before becoming head Winemaker at Play Estates Winery.
Dominic leads the culinary program at Play’s 40-seat Bistro, drawing on his pedigreed fine dining background at some of Canada’s top restaurants. His approach is firmly farm-to-table, with a passion for foraging and a focus on local, seasonal ingredients that showcase the best of the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys. A graduate of the prestigious Niagara Culinary Institute, Dominic earned his Red Seal in 2008. He was most recently the Senior Sous Chef at Hawksworth Restaurant, one of Canada’s iconic restaurants. Previously, he held senior roles at Old Vines Restaurant at Quails’ Gate Estate Winery, the Terrace Restaurant at Mission Hill Family Estate, and E11even in Toronto, ON.