One of the pioneers of the BC wine industry - at least the modern era - has received another honor recognizing his tremendous effort in promoting the industry.
Harry McWatters was inducted into the BC Restaurant and Foodservice Association's Hall of Fame yesterday. The move draws attention to McWatter's long career over five decades in the wine biz, most of which is centered on the Sumac Ridge Estate Winery and associated companies.
Sumac Ridge is BC's oldest operating estate winery and it was with Sumac products (in the 1980's) that McWatters managed to sell people on the quality that was beginning to emerge in BC wines after years of mediocrity.
McWatter's impact on the BC industry is substantial. Many successful wine people can trace their beginnings back to the influences of Harry McWatters and his businesses.