Dave Carson, senior winemaker
Laughing Stock Vineyards
Laughing Stock Vineyards holds a coveted and respected portfolio of exemplary wines.
Highly acclaimed wines that have been twice awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in B.C. Wine, the 2011 Syrah was named the Best Red Wine in Canada by Decanter World Wine Awards, and in October 2018, Laughing Stock Vineyards took home the top trophy for Syrah in the Six Nation Wine Challenge that awards only the top wines of the New World nations.
Get to Know Us
The Laughing Stock Vineyard Founders Cynthia and David Enns led conservative, methodical, and calculated lives in the Financial Industry. In 2003, they followed their hearts, and bullishly invested everything into the wine industry. An emotional decision that their pinstriped peers thought was … fiscally foolish, and financially unwise.
Today, while Cynthia and David are no longer involved in winery operations, they have left a formidable legacy, and commitment to excellence and passion for wine that continues to drive Laughing Stock Vineyards forward. It is our goal to carry on their vision to continuously explore and create the best wines that showcase our beautiful region.
As a team, we continuously be to explore and create the best wines that showcase the Okanagan Valley. Laughing Stock Vineyards is a team driven and hands-on operation – we take pride in diligently tending to every stage of the winegrowing and winemaking processes.
We are fortunate to work with top-of-the-line winery equipment like double sorting tables to ensure that only the best fruit clusters are used. We can also regulate how much whole berry fruit goes into the fermenters. We aim to always improve the wines year to year and as such we have been exploring a variety of fermentation vehicles over the past few years including temperature regulated stainless tanks, and the addition of eight concrete eggs with nicknames such as “Free Range,” “Scrambled”, “Fabergé” & “Benedict”. We have also acquired six clay Amphorae from Italy, in which we make a variety of limited production wines. Complexity is added to the red wines through an extended barrel-aging program using 100% French oak in both standard barrels sizes and 500 liter puncheons.