In 2000, Peter and his wife, Valencia, launched Okanagan Wineland Dressings, and it’s now their full-time gig. They added Raspberry & Black Pepper and Cilantro & Lime vinaigrettes tot he line-up early on, and Fresh Herb & Garlic, Blackberry Basil, and Blueberry vinaigrettes more recently. All are made by hand in small batches with no added sugar. Now, the bottles are sold all over the Okanagan in specialty food shops and at fruit stands and wineries, as well as throughout the BC Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island.
Peter and Valencia Young
Okanagan Wineland Dressings
Peter and his wife, Valencia, founded Wineland Dressings in 2000 while Peter was executive Chef at Hillside Estate Winery in Penticton. He was Chef at Hillside until 2009 when he decided to concentrate on Wineland Dressings full time. Peter grew up in Penticton, graduating from Penticton High School in 1977. He attended Norwich City College in Norwich U.K. obtaining a diploma in Hotel & Catering Management. Several years experience working for international hotel companies and national catering operations resulted in Peter becoming the Food and Beverage Manager of London’s famous Café Royal. The Grill Room Restaurant obtained a prestigious Michelin Star while Peter was involved with the Café Royal. Peter met and married Valencia in London and after the birth of their first child decided to return to Canada and Penticton. He worked as Chef in several of the finest restaurants in the South Okanagan developing many of the products that Wineland Dressings now offer. Wineland Dressings was created because customers dining at Hillside Estate Winery constantly asked if they could purchase the salad dressings served in the restaurant. Being at a winery meant access to bottles and a retail sales outlet and so Wineland Dressings was born. Wineland Dressings now has its’ own production facility and the range of products has expanded to include chutneys and sauces.