Discover Our Journey
Ex Nihilo "Out of Nothing"
Our journey began with nothing but a dream and passion inspired by Fredrick Hart’s sculpture, Ex Nihilo Latin for ‘Out of Nothing” a depiction of the creation of mankind.
It is a journey of place and of purpose reflected in each bottle from every vintage. Season after season we recommit ourselves as stewards of our remarkable terroir to nurture possibility. We endure the nihil of winter and patiently wait for the generous Okanagan sun to arrive and spark life so we can begin again, all to experience and share what comes ‘Out of Nothing.’
The vision of our two founding families carries on with extraordinary wines that are a product of the passion of those who make them and the unique traits of the land. Since 2018, Mike and Janet Azhadi have carried the torch as keepers of the vision and passion, first as principal proprietors and subsequently as sole proprietors working with our dedicated team.
The Okanagan Valley is home to four generations of the Azhadi family. Their love of wine and desire to bring people together to share in the magic of Ex Nihilo strengthen their commitment to giving back to the community as small business owners in Lake Country, British Columbia.
"Our offering is wine, our strength is people. What comes ‘out of nothing’ endures." - Mike and Janet Azhadi
We create, out of nothing, wines that celebrate the Okanagan Valley, the unique place we call home. In a region notable for its diversity of varieties, we have refined our approach to create a true articulation of our vineyards. Premium vines, planted on twenty acres of property, thrive on our stunning, southwest-facing view of Lake Okanagan. Generous amounts of Okanagan sun ripen our grapes, while the intense flavours flourish under the moderating effects of our lakeside location.
We take great pride and care in farming our vineyards, and our valley, sustainably. Ex Nihilo partners with visionary grape growers who have nurtured their lands throughout the valley, and their stories weave with ours to tell a tale of hard work, passion, and purpose.
We believe that extraordinary wines are a product of the passion of those who make them and the unique traits of the land from which they grow. Our vintner team, led by winemaker Jim Faulkner, expresses their creative talent and technical expertise from lessons of the past intertwined with tightly framed principles of the present.
Each wine is nurtured from grape to bottle balancing old-world tradition and innovative practices. These guides allow us to retain our authenticity while strengthening the reputation of the Okanagan Valley wine region with each vintage.
Dedication, authenticity, and purpose drive our team of professionals to spark an emotional connection and deliver an exceptional experience with every pour, every bottle, and every gathering.