The first winery completely owned and operated by Okanagan Aboriginal people is now 100% operational.
Aptly named Indigenous World Winery, the facility in West Kelowna is owned by the chief of the Westbank First Nation, Robert Louie with his spouse Bernice. Louie was born on Sylix First Nations land, educated in B.C. with a law degree and has a variety of business interests in the Okanagan region.
Another winery in the southern part of the Okanagan, Nk’Mip Cellars, bears a First Nations name but is actually operates as a partnership between the Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation and Constellation Brands, a beverage conglomerate that operates world-wide. It opened in 2002.
Indigenous World released its first wines in 2015 but kept a…