Did destiny bring VIBC together with Kismet Estate Winery, or was it perhaps VIBC director and treasurer Sonny Dhillon? Either way, we want to thank Kismet for so generously sponsoring one of City of Bhangra’s signature events, Folk Lok, taking place May 29 at Fluevog Shoes in glorious Gastown.
I recently spoke with winery manager Dapinder Gill, who filled me in on Kismet’s history, and the passion that fuels its current success.
Kismet’s vineyards were established 20 years ago by Sukhi and Balwinder Dhaliwal, who emigrated from India in the 1990s to make the Valley their home. Since then, thanks to hard work and determination, they’ve become one of the premier grape growers in the Okanagan Valley, operating about 130 acres of vineyards in the South Okanagan and selling grapes or managing vineyards for well-known wineries such as Laughing Stock Vineyards.
The name Kismet is derived from the Punjabi word “destiny.” The Dhaliwal family considers themselves lucky to be able have found in BC the home that’s provided them with endless opportunities. It’s been a long-time dream of the family to share their labour of love and hard work directly with customers, and—fulfilling that destiny—this month, Kismet marks the one-year anniversary of the opening of their beautiful tasting room! [Join them on May 16 and 17 for a special anniversary celebration. With evocative wine names such as Safed (a blend of sauvignon blanc, semillon, and orange muscat), Mantra (meritage blend), Karma (red blend), and Infinite Rose, how could you resist? For details on the event, visit http://kismetestatewinery.com.]
Kismet Estate Winery is proud to share their success with the community, supporting many local cultural events as well as the Canadian Diabetes Association. They are also proud to be sponsoring the City of Bhangra Festival for the first time this year. Says Dapinder Gill: “We really like the cultural and heritage connection of both groups. We as a company are excited to sponsor this event and promote the Festival. Kismet means destiny in Punjabi, and we are proud to say it is our destiny to sponsor and promote this event.”
We at VIBC can only thank fate (or maybe Sonny!) for bringing us together with this dynamic company. Please join us at Folk Lok on May 29 (presented by Studio 1 Kitchen Design) to enjoy an evening of fabulous music—and fabulous wine. For event details, please visit http://www.vibc.org/studio_1_kitchen_design_presents_folk_lok_featuring_seti_x_ustad_lal_singh_bhatti. See you there!
Blog by Jennifer Webb
Photo courtesy Kismet Estate Winery