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Hillside Winery Marks 40 Years with the Launch of Their New Website — Which Celebrates the Region

  • By Grand News Network
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  • March 8, 2024

Hillside Winery celebrates its 40th anniversary by launching a new website, highlighting its legacy and connection to the Naramata Bench region. Developed with 5forests, the site emphasizes the winery's dedication to traditional methods, terroir-focused viticulture, and sustainable practices. It showcases Hillside's history, from its origins as an apricot orchard to a pioneer in the BC wine industry, focusing on sustainable winemaking and a farm-to-table philosophy. The website also honors founders Bohumir and Vera Klokocka, inviting visitors to explore Hillside's story and commitment to winemaking excellence.

Naramata, BC, March 7, 2024 – Hillside Winery is proud to announce the launch of its redesigned website, to mark the 40th anniversary of its vineyards. The website showcases not just Hillside’s legacy, but its connection to the region. 

Hillside Winery Marks 40 Years with the Launch of Their New Website — Which Celebrates the Region

“We wanted to express the spirit of community and excellence here in Naramata Bench,” said Lauren Selfridge, Marketing & DTC Manager at Hillside Winery. “Not just the extraordinary terroir, but all aspects of this place where we have chosen to make wine.”

Developed in collaboration with digital marketing specialists 5forests, the new site embodies the spirit of Hillside and its journey through the decades.

Naramata Grown…And Raised

Since its foundation in 1984, Hillside Winery has embodied the spirit of the Naramata Bench and the British Columbia territory. The focus has been on marrying traditional methods with terroir-focused viticulture, resulting in award-winning wines that reflect this unique place.

“We are proud to launch our new website in partnership with 5forests, as we celebrate 40 years of passion for winemaking,” said Selfridge. “This collaboration has allowed us to showcase our journey, our wines, and our dedication to the Naramata Bench in a way that resonates with today’s digital audience.”

“Working with Hillside Winery on their new website has been an absolute joy for 5forests,” said Polly Hammond, Founder, 5forests. “Michael Bourne, our VP of Engineering, grew up right around the corner from Hillside!”

She says that Michael’s roots in the region has enabled the team to reflect Hillside from the roots up. 

“Hillside is a leader in the British Columbia wine industry and we were mindful of the entire region throughout the process,” Hammond went on.

Celebrating a Rich History and a Bright Future

The launch of the new website also serves as a tribute to Hillside’s founders, Bohumir and Vera Klokocka, whose vision and perseverance have left an indelible mark on the BC wine industry. From its early days as an apricot orchard to becoming a pioneering force in the Farmgate Winery Policy, Hillside’s history is a story of dreams realized and a community forged in the love of winemaking.

Innovative Winemaking and Sustainable Practices

A key focus of the new website is Hillside’s winemaking philosophy and sustainable practices, underscoring the belief that great wines are born in the vineyard. Hillside employs meticulous vineyard management and the winery’s dedication to sustainability is evident in its pursuit of Sustainable Winegrowing BC certification, reflecting a commitment to environmental stewardship, biodiversity, and climate action.

Farm to Table and Biodiversity

This connection to the land extends beyond the vineyards. The winery’s bistro champions a farm-to-table philosophy, showcasing local, sustainable, and seasonal ingredients that highlight the bounty of the Okanagan Valley. Furthermore, Hillside’s vibrant ecosystem, teeming with wildlife and native plants, plays a crucial role in the quality of its wines and the health of the local environment.

As Hillside Winery embarks on the next 40 years, the new website invites wine enthusiasts and newcomers alike to explore its story, its wines, and its commitment to the Naramata Bench. Join us in celebrating this significant milestone and the continued pursuit of winemaking excellence.

Visit the new website at and discover the Hillside story.

About Hillside Winery

Nestled in the heart of the Naramata Bench, Hillside Winery has been dedicated to crafting exceptional British Columbia wines for nearly four decades. With a deep respect for the land and a commitment to sustainable winemaking practices, Hillside is renowned for producing varietally expressive, award-winning wines that capture the unique terroir of the region. Founded on the principles of quality, integrity, and innovation, Hillside Winery offers a wine experience that is rooted in tradition yet inspired by the future. Our picturesque estate, known for its iconic gardens and architecture, reflects our passion for winemaking and our love for the community that surrounds us. At Hillside, we celebrate the joy of wine and the shared moments it creates. Join us as we continue our journey, exploring new horizons in winemaking while honoring the legacy of our founders and the vibrant spirit of the Naramata Bench.

Visit us at to explore our wines, our story, and the beauty of the Naramata Bench.

About 5forests

5forests is a globally-recognized digital marketing agency specializing in the wine, travel, and luxury sectors. With an emphasis on up-to-date industry expertise, we help brands navigate evolving trends and communicate complex ideas in a clear, straightforward manner. Our focus is on real, measurable results: boosting sales, increasing brand awareness, and keeping you tech-savvy. Whether your goals are local or global, we tailor strategies to help you meet and exceed them, all while upholding your values of sustainability and social responsibility.

Learn more about how we’re transforming the digital landscape for wineries at

Media Contact

Organization: Hillside Winery & Bistro

Contact Person: Phil Clark


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Contact Number: +12504936274

Address:1350 Naramata Road

City: Penticton

State: BC


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