Author, internationally acclaimed wine expert and inaugural program mentor Anthony Gismondi

Kelowna has been selected as host city for a unique wine retreat for rising stars in Canada’s wine trade.

The first-ever Peter Lehmann Wines Mentor Award is aimed at bringing together industry professionals and wine enthusiasts with an opportunity for up-and-coming Canadian oenophiles to grow and share their knowledge.

During his 50-year career, Peter Lehmann inspired countless people by sharing his talent, wit and passion for winemaking. Peter Lehmann Wines was founded in 1979 to assist the grape growers of the Barossa Valley in Australia, who at the time were facing financial ruin; now, the winery and the region mutually enjoy an international reputation for excellence in wine production.

The two-day retreat will take place in Kelowna on October 20-22 and will be led by noteworthy author, internationally acclaimed wine expert and inaugural program mentor, Anthony Gismondi.

“We want to give to the wine community, and help grow Canada’s thriving wine scene,” says Peter Lehmann’s Matt Lane. “We see this program establishing lasting friendships, inspiring a new generation of wine lovers, and sharing the rich winemaking traditions of the Barossa Valley.”

Following the retreat, one participant will be selected to travel together with Gismondi to Australia, taking part in the annual grape harvest. This five-day trip will further educate this year’s recipient with the Peter Lehmann winery and acquaint the mentee with Australia’s famed Barossa Valley wine growing region – truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Gismondi and Lane and a panel of top sommeliers and wine educators will host an open online panel discussion on the business of wine and how to foster a world-class wine culture. The public event will be webcast at on Monday, October 21 at 4 pm.