Black Market Wine Co


Inspired artisan wines, hand-crafted in the Heart of Wine Country.

Situated on a bench overlooking Skaha Lake in picturesque Kaleden, BC, Garagistes Rob Hammersley and Michelle Shewchuk are crafting distinctive small-lot wines. In addition to Conviction Ridge Vineyard, their organically farmed estate property, the other vineyards from which they source their grapes are responsibly and sustainably farmed by growers who care as much about quality as they do.

Fueled by passion | Driven by perfection | Unconstrained by Tradition.

For many years while still living in Calgary, Rob and Michelle would travel to the Okanagan in search of the small boutique wines that weren’t available in the Alberta market. Inevitably, they would fill their car with cases and cases of amazing wines…and “smuggle” them back across the border to share with family and friends ("smuggled' since Canada's archaic alcohol laws make it technically illegal to carry wine across provincial boundaries!). They became known as the Wine Black Marketeers, so when they set up their own winery, choosing the name was easy!

Today they are crafting beautiful small batch wines that reflect some of the best varieties of the Okanagan as well as some suprising rarer grapes that make for a distinctive portfolio!

Rob Hammersley – Owner | Winemaker

  • The Day Job:  I’m a winegrower, tending to our small vineyard in the picturesque town of Kaleden in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia and hand-crafting distinctive small-batch wines.
  • The “Old” Job: A former senior corporate finance and strategy professional in the power and utilities industry. 
  • The Facts: Viticulture and Enology Certificates from Washington State University. WSET Level 3 certified. Cycling and hockey enthusiast. Hockey and ringette coach.

Michelle Shewchuk – Owner

  • The Day Job: Flies the friendly skies as a flight attendant with an international airline.
  • The “Side” Job: Co-conspirator of Black Market Wine Co. Voice of reason, sounding board and fresh palate.
  • The Facts: WSET Level 2 certified. Mother of 3 (4, if you include Rob). I run…a lot.
Rob Hammersley, Owner & Winemaker,  and Michelle Shewchuk, Owner
Rob Hammersley, Owner & Winemaker,  and Michelle Shewchuk, Owner
Address 198 Spruce Ave, Kaleden, BC, V0H 1K0
Wine Maker Rob Hammersley
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
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198 Spruce Ave, Kaleden, BC, V0H 1K0

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