Best Fruit Wine in Canada

July 14, 2017

Alf and I never would have thought or dreamed that we would receive such a prestigious award for our wines when we made the decision to add value to our berries 4 years ago and expand our farm to include a winery.  Last week we received a congratulatory email and a beautiful hand blown glass trophy, by award winning glass artist, John Paul Robinson, to accompany our award for our dessert wine, “Cassis” which won double Gold and then went on to win the “Best Fruit Wine of 2017“ in the All Canadian Wine Championships  2017, held in Ontario. Wow, such a remarkable feeling.  Now we could never had done that on our own and the credit really goes to our winemaker, Sandra Lee Kiechle. She really is creative and that is what drew us to her when we were interviewing winemakers 4 years ago. She is very knowledgeable, easy going and so very creative.  She has been willing to create wines that don’t fit the “normal” profiles for fruit wine.  Alf and I enjoy different profiles in wine, Alf likes sweet and I prefer dry.  Sandra-Lee has pleased both our palates and in doing so has captured your tastes as well. Not only is she creative as a winemaker she spins yarns and knits next to the likes of my Mother, which in itself is incredible.  I am in awe of her talents and feel very fortunate to have the relationship with her as our winemaker.  

I have to mention our winery manager Ted here as well.  He is instrumental in our winery operation, from the back production room to the front of the house.  If you are a regular you know him well and saddle up to the tasting bar when he is serving.  If you haven’t met him yet, I encourage you to come in and introduce yourself, you’ll recognize him by his mustache, top hat, vest and welcoming smile! He loves wine and our guests and nothing pleases him more than to guide you through a wine tasting and get to know you.  You will never feel the same about wine after having a wine tasting with Ted! 

Tammy is our Tasting bar manager, managing sales as well as staff and our wine members.  She has built up a very large wine membership, ensuring members enjoy perks from exclusive areas to relax, to our new releases, great parties  to get to know other wine lovers, enjoy wine and Chef Jeremy culinary goodies! 

I raise my glass of “Cassis” to Sandra-Lee first for creating this award-winning wine and to you, our farm friend for making possible every new wine she creates.  Thank you for your continued support of our farming whether it’s on the plate or in the glass, Cheers!!!!!


For Immediate Release:


Best Canadian Fruit Wine of The Year 2017!

Cassis Wine takes Best Fruit Wine in Canada Trophy and A Double Gold Medal…


Langley, BC:  With 1401 fruit and grape entries from across Canada, “Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery’s Cassis” took the Double Gold Medal and brought home the All Canadian Wine Championships “Fruit Wine of the Year”.


Krause Berry Farms is a family run business that has been operating and growing since 1974.  The Estate Winery was established only three years ago and has been winning awards each year.  Receiving the Canadian award for "Best Fruit Wine of the Year" officially puts them on the wine tour map internationally.


Sandra Lee Kiechle began her wine making career in 1984.  After only three years producing wine for Krause Berry Farms Estate Winery, her passion and skill are bringing home top accolades and swaying even the purist of palettes.

  • Cassis is a wine offering a deep regal red colour and rich full body.  Opening with a crisp acidity and delivering a long lingering finish.

  • All wines are produced and bottled in our on-site Estate Production Facility.

  • Sustainable Farming: Over 40 years of bountiful harvests are nature's endorsement of the Krause family's care for the land, the soil, and crops.

About Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery: Nestled amongst 200 acres in the beautiful Fraser Valley, Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery has been serving the community and visitors from across the globe since 1974.  Starting out with one small patch of strawberries, they have steadily grown into an agricultural destination offering a full scale bakery, winery, market, restaurants and u-pick berry fields.  This family friendly farm makes over 100 products from the food they grow in their fields and produces twenty-two varieties of fruit wine.  Located one hours drive from Vancouver, BC, they truly are the little farm…and winery that could!


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