THE OWNERS : Dick & Shona Lancaster
We purchased our 7 acre Naramata Bench vineyard in 2000 and got to work right away planting more vines. In 2006, we built Black Widow Winery and released our first single vineyard wines. Today our production averages 2,200 cases/year – all from grapes grown on the Naramata Bench within a short walk of the winery. Many of our wines have won awards in National and International competitions.
Having a background originally in Biology (BSc., MSc.), an MBA in marketing and finance, and over 30 years amateur winemaking experience, the transition from professional accountant (CMA) to grape grower/winemaker was natural.
Assisted by our 3 children, other family members, and friends, development of the property and business is an on-going project. Our daughter Shannon joined us full-time for the 2011 crush as assistant winemaker, helping in all aspects of the vineyard, B&B, & winery.
This is truly a boutique family business. We are proud to personally present our hand-crafted wines seasonally at our Sales & Tasting Room and Winery Patio. We look forward to your visit.