The ‘Indigenous World Winery’ is a fascinating winery, located in West Kelowna, BC. Robert Louie served as the Chief of the Westbank First Nation until 2016. He and his wife Bernice are the originators of the Indigenous World concept. They are Okanagan Syilx descendants and have a strong passion for nature, the land, and the rich history and traditions of the Syilx people. Jason Parkes is the winemaker responsible for the the incredible vintages coming from Indigenous, he’s won hundreds of wine awards. Some of Jason’s wines are world renowned.
I first got acquainted with IWW a year ago, while working on a western Canadian project with Agriculture Canada. I was treated about as good as a supplier can be so I was thrilled to get a call to come back and work directly with the winery. Now it also boasts a distillery that will soon produce whiskey, gin and vodka. This was a really fun shoot to put together that included diverse creative content, including: Portraits of the Louie’s, the wine shop and patio, winery itself and the distillery. Unfortunately the power in west Kelowna went out before I could finish so hopefully I’ll get another chance to see the crew and pick up more of the delicious product they produce! Enjoy the images. To see more of my work go to my portfolio page here.