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Nk’Mip Cellars is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and as the first Indigenous-owned winery in North America with the first Indigenous Head Winemaker (Justin Hall, a proud member of the Osoyoos Indian Band) at the helm.
Located on the Osoyoos Indian Reserve in the Okanagan Valley, Nk’Mip Cellars is inspired to express its culture in everything they do. Although the winery is celebrating 20 years this year, its story begins long before, and is rooted in agricultural practices and spirituality tied to the land of the Osoyoos, along with a legacy of hard work and ongoing encouragement of entrepreneurship.
Today, Nk’Mip Cellars is one of many businesses, health, social, educational and municipal initiatives that have helped secure the Osoyoos Indian Band financial independence and high employment. In fact, unemployment on the reserve is lower than the national average (less than 3%) and 20% of the more than 500 band members are in senior positions.
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