The earliest record of wine production in the Okanagan Valley dates back to Father Pandosy’s Okanagan Mission in 1859. British Columbia had provincial prohibition of alcoholic beverages from 1917 to 1921. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

The earliest record of wine production in the Okanagan Valley dates back to Father Pandosy’s Okanagan Mission in 1859. British Columbia had provincial prohibition of alcoholic beverages from 1917 to 1921. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Winery donates tasting fees to Summerland Museum

Museum has provided Back Door Winery with information about prohibition era in Canada

A Summerland winery will donate its tasting fees to the Summerland Museum and Archives Society.

This year, the $5 tasting fee paid by non-members at Back Door Winery will go to the museum. Jesse Gill, owner of Back Door Winery, said the winery has benefited from resources at the museum.

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“We’ve been working with them to bring Summerland’s history to life, getting some pictures and some history so that we can tie in with what Summerland was like during prohibition,” Gill said.

While the United States had a nationwide ban on alcoholic beverages from 1920 to 1933, Canada’s national prohibition was in place earlier, and for a shorter period of time. National prohibition of alcoholic beverages in Canada was a wartime measure from 1918 to 1920. In British Columbia, provincial prohibition extended from 1917 to 1921.

“The Summerland Museum and Archives is thrilled to be working with Back Door Winery to help share our community’s intriguing history. There is so much more to this small, agricultural community than meets the eye, and Back Door Winery is helping to bring these stories to light and inspire curiosity about Summerland’s past,” said Summerland Museum and Archives curator Petra Höller. “Further, we are grateful for the generous donation of tasting fees to the Summerland Museum and Archives Society which will help support us in our work to preserve our history for the enjoyment of future generations.”

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