The history of Checkmate Artisanal Winery starts some 40 years ago, with the von Mandl family. Years of winemaking and dedication led to a breakthrough in 1994, when the family’s efforts were recognized at the International Wine and Spirit Competition. Winning the “Top Chardonnay in the World” showcased the prowess of the family’s vines, which are rooted in CheckMate’s vineyards today. The Burgundian Chardonnay and Bordeaux Merlot varietals are nurtured in the Okanagan Falls, receiving sufficient warmth during growing seasons. The climate variability provides depth to the winery’s vintages, and the region’s high altitude lets the vines, and winery, reach for the stars.