Lakeside Cellars is now a 14-acre parcel of what was originally a vast cattle and agriculture enterprise. In 2016, Harbans and Harkesh Dhaliwal purchased the historical landmark and resting place of the old Haynes Homestead built in 1882.
Unfortunately, the foundation of the Haynes home was no match for recent flooding and exposure. The decision was made in 2016, that the historic home could not be saved as a whole. The home was deconstructed and any pieces of lumber that had not succumbed to rot were salvaged for construction in the new tasting room building; ensuring that some of the original structure would remain on the historic site.
Lakeside Cellars now also rests on the site of the first commercial orchard, owned and planted by Leslie Hill. The Hill Ranch stretched 1100 acres on the eastern slope round Lake Osoyoos. Orchards of cherries, apricots, nectarine, plums, prunes, peaches, pears and apples, were the first planted in the Okanagan north of the border.
Upon purchasing the lakeshore property in 2015, the Dhaliwals inherited old-vine plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc, planted in 1998. Their mission was to continue the tradition of agriculture on the property and guide its rich history towards the current Okanagan lifestyle.
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