July 6, 2020, Penticton, B.C. – TIME Winery, Evolve Cellars, and McWatters Collection have been sold to Five Vines Cellars, the private family-owned business of Ron and Shelley Mayert.
“The McWatters’ longstanding reputation is irreplaceable, and we will always honour the legacy that Harry, Christa-Lee and Darrien have brought to the Canadian wine industry,” says Ron Mayert.
Ron was born and raised on orchards in Summerland while Shelley is from a farm in the Fraser Valley. The couple now live in Abbotsford with their family.
Before getting into wine, Ron was a co-founder of Petcurean Pet Nutrition, Old Yale Brewing, Napa Vineyard Inn and now he shifts his focus to grapes and hospitality.
“We are honoured to join the B.C. wine community and are excited about making world-class wines from one of the most unique and beautiful wine valleys in the world. Our family grew up appreciating the spirit and neighbourly hospitality from the people of the Okanagan Valley; we want to instill that spirit in everything we do.”
Christa-Lee McWatters, general manager of TIME Winery, is looking forward to this new future for the winery.
“It’s been a massive challenge since last year,” she notes. “The Mayerts could not be the more perfect people to join the winery, and bring both the experience and wines to the next level. We’re excited to continue to be a family-run winery.”
TIME Winery & Kitchen is a fully functioning winery with a tasting bar and restaurant, located in the heart of wine country in downtown Penticton. Home to TIME Winery, Evolve Cellars and the McWatters Collection, the winery was created within a historic, revitalized space that once housed a movie theatre.
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