The winery owners are the husband-wife team of Oleg and Svetlana Aristarkhov, who, at a time when they were ready to make a life change, were enchanted by Moraine’s setting. The couple believes that wine offers one of life’s most simple, enjoyable, and accessible pleasures; and this philosophy spurred their leap into the wine industry. They relocated from Alberta, where they had lived for 15 years, to make premium Okanagan wines.
A background in Horticulture led Amber to the Okanagan to join the wine industry more than 10 years ago. A quick learner, she rose through the ranks with vintages at Road 13 and Black Hills wineries in the South Okanagan. As a winemaker, she garnered several prestigious awards with CC Jentsch Cellars for her work with Syrah, Malbec, and Bordeaux varietals.
Amber is excited to now be working with Pinot Noir and to become a part of the ongoing legacy of the Naramata Bench wine community here with us at Moraine Winery.
“For me, the best part of winemaking is the cycle of the year; each season and our actions within it play a crucial role in the coming vintage. Buds swell and burst forth with green leaves, tiny grape flowers bloom with beautiful fragrance, grapes form, change colour and ripen. Harvest leaves blaze with autumn colour and flutter to the ground. Snowfall. The days lengthen again, and we prune the old wood. Every single decision we make and step we take is connected and defines the character and quality of our wines.” – Amber
Sophia [left] and Anastasia [right] are the daughters of Oleg and Svetlana. The vineyard where Moraine Winery is located is named after Anastasia, and the younger vineyard that was planted is named after Sophia.
Although she is a full-time student, Sophia loves to help with the family business throughout the year. She is currently studying at the University of Calgary in the Nursing program! Sophia handles all Moraine Winery social media platforms (e.g. Instagram & Facebook). She also helps manage the Moraine Winery Guest Suite on Airbnb. Find her communicating with all of our guests to ensure the best hospitality. In addition, she enjoys helping with the creative works of the winery, e.g., designing tasting lists, posters, website design, and menus!
Sophia is also the founder of the best-selling wine popsicles we have here at the Moraine Winery tasting room. “I’ve always wanted to create a product for our customers to enjoy during the hot summer weather. So I thought, let’s combine my favourite summer treat [popsicles] and our customer-favourite wine! I’m glad to see our guests enjoy these delicious snacks just as much as I do.” – Sophia
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