Little Straw Vineyards in West Kelowna changes ownership – West Kelowna News

After a quarter of a century, the Slamka family leaves the wine industry after the family business was bought by another small winery.

Kalala Organic Estate Winery, a family-owned winery that has been producing organic grapes and wines since 2006, announced the acquisition of Little Straw.

Originally established as Slemka Cellars in 1996, Little Straw Vineyards has been producing award-winning wines from their Ourtoland Road winery in West Kelowna for over 25 years.

The family decided it was time to retire and found a compatible buyer at Kalala Organic Estate Winery.

The vineyard was one of the first in what is now West Kelowna when their father purchased the land and planted their first vineyard in 1969.

“This place is close to our hearts, we raised our children here and created an abundance of memories,” the Slamka family said in a press release announcing the sale.

“We had been thinking about stepping down from this business for some time and were just waiting for the right person to entrust our years of hard work to. Karnail and his family were a great fit for us as they share similar values ​​and they have a great vision to do move the cellar to the next step.

“We thank all of our customers over the past decades from the bottom of our hearts and look forward to seeing the evolution of Little Straw Vineyards under new ownership. We wish you all the best.”

The new owners say they are thrilled with their new business and can relate in many ways.

“We are both immigrant families who started a winery in West Kelowna. We understand how difficult it is to start a winery business from scratch and how much effort, time and patience it takes to run a successful winery business in this Canadian wine region,” said Karnail. Singh Sidhu, founder and winemaker of Kalala Organic Estate Winery.

“When I was looking for a better location, I heard that the Slamka family were ready to retire and were privately looking for a new owner to leave their cellar. As I am passionate about organic viticulture, our new location had to have a great potential to become a sustainable organic winery and Little Straw Vineyards has shown great potential for the transition.”

He says plans are already in place to switch to an organic vineyard over the next few years. They hope to officially launch the new winery in the spring of next year.

At that time, they will introduce their premium organic label, Dostana Wines. Dostana means friendship in Hindi.

The Little Straw Vineyard Wine Shop remains open daily.

They are currently building their new team and hiring for several different positions, including an accounting assistant, marketing and events assistant, and seasonal wine store associates.

If you wish to apply, send your CV and cover letter by email to [email protected]

Elisha A. Tilghman