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 to include; 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. She traveled internationally; working in the Douro where she made Port in concrete lagares and played in the Gimblett Gravels of Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand boasting beautiful Syrah were among her favourites. But she decided to stay in the Okanagan after a vintage and call here home. She recently completed a four year term as assistant winemaker at Culmina.