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"OUT OF NOTHING"
The story of Ex Nihilo is a journey of love and a shared passion to create exceptional wines. The dream began when Decoa and Jeff Harder first came across a sculpture that inspired the name Ex Nihilo, Latin for ‘Out of Nothing’. It was the catalyst for the creation of the winery and its emergence as a premier, award-winning Okanagan Valley wine producer.
On a trip to Napa Valley in 1999, owners Jeff and Decoa came across a working model replica of Ex Nihilo on display in San Francisco. The couple immediately fell in love with the art, and by the time they left the gallery, Jeff proclaimed that one day they would build a winery and call it ‘Ex Nihilo’. The original sculpture by Frederick Hart adorns the west façade entrance of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC.
Planning continued for four years, and on more than one occasion, Ex Nihilo seemed like an unattainable dream. It wasn't until a moment in August of 2003 that truly came "out of nothing". On an impulse, Decoa led Jeff north from their home in Kelowna, scouting the terrain that supports farms and vineyards assembled along the length of pristine Lake Okanagan. There, on Camp Road, they saw a hand-painted ‘For Sale’ sign that held the promise of a lifetime. A perfectly sloped 10-acre hillside which would become Ex Nihilo Vineyards.
Today Ex Nihilo is about more than just vineyards or wine; it is about a sense of place and the people who are involved in creating and perfecting their craft. From the vineyards to the cellar, from the kitchen to the tasting room, every individual at Ex Nihilo is passionate about refining their art.
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