High ranking on TripAdvisor

Thank you all who have been recommending our Craft Distillery on TripAdvisor! We are now # 18 out of 102 Things to do in Penticton, or  #15 in the category of Food & Drink in Penticton. We appreciate the continuous support we get from our customers and the local community. You make us so happy!


We just won multiple medals at the Sip Northwest Spirits Competition

Penticton’s Maple Leaf Spirits scores multiple medals in international competition
Naramata Bench distiller wins two double-golds, gold, silver awards

Penticton, BC: Maple Leaf Spirits, located on the Naramata Bench near Penticton, is a multiple medal winner at the prestigious Sip Northwest competition based in Washington state.

“I am thrilled that four of our products, made right here on the bench with Okanagan ingredients, have been recognized among a wide variety of international spirits,” says master distiller Jorg Engel. “To win two double-golds is really amazing.”

A double-gold winner, Pear Williams, is a fruit brandy made with Bartlett pears. An “eau-de-vie” style spirit it has a clean, aromatic fruit flavour that respects the essence of the local pears used in the distilling process. It is reminiscent of the Williams pear, considered one of the most precious European fruits.

The other double-gold winner is one of Canada’s first cognac-style spirits: Lady of the Cask. Hand-crafted in small batches, it is made with grapes and aged for six years in premium French barrels giving it a rich butterscotch aroma, a golden amber colour, and exceptionally smooth taste.

“When visitors come to the tasting room and try the Lady of the Cask, they are so impressed with this brandy,” says Anette Engel, Jorg’s wife and business partner. “It is wonderful to see people from our locals to people coming here for the first time discover the quality of brandies and liqueurs made in the Okanagan.”

A popular bottle, the Maple Liqueur is a combination of Kirsch, a cherry-based spirit, and real Canadian maple syrup. A gold medal winner at Sip Northwest, it is great with fresh fruit, on ice or as special treat in “Canadian Coffee”. It can also surprise Thanksgiving dinner guests enhancing dessert, says Anette.

A silver medal was awarded to Cherry Liqueur, made with South Okanagan cherries, and great with ice cream or chocolate.

Maple Leaf Spirits uses a traditional German copper potstill for its products, sticking to European traditions. Jorg and Anette moved to Canada from Germany in 2001 and are proud to bring their award-winning skills to the growing spirits culture in British Columbia.


Pioneers in craft distilling in Penticton, BC since 2005, Jorg and Anette Engel are proud to offer award winning spirits and liqueurs handcrafted from Okanagan grown fruit, grapes and wine. Maple Leaf Spirits distills fine spirits from wine and lees following the European tradition of making grappa, tresterbrand and marc. Their fruit liqueurs celebrate fresh sun ripened Okanagan fruit, and are great as a lovely sweet treat or to enhance your dessert or cocktail. Visit the tasting room on the Naramata Bench at 948 Naramata Road.

For further information about Maple Leaf Spirits, contact:
Anette Engel, 250-493-0180 | anette@mapleleafspirits.ca

Thank you to Allison Markin, All She Wrote Consulting, for writing this media release!

Cruising the KVR with Hoodoo Adventure Co.

What's your next adventure in Penticton? This article from Joanne Blaine in The Toronto Star recommends the Hoodoo Adventure Company Spirited Brews Cruise, which includes a glorious bike ride along the Kettle Valley Rail Trail, with stops at Maple Leaf Spirits Inc, Old Order Distilling Company, Bad Tattoo Brewing and Cannery Brewing.

Watch this video:   Cycling above Naramata with Hoodoo Adventure Co.’s Spirited Brews Cruise

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Lots of upcoming distillery events in Penticton and Vancouver

Upcoming events with Maple Leaf Spirits:

We will offer samples of our liqueurs and spirits at the Palette of Penticton on January 21, a fundraising event supporting Rotary Community Projects. Get your tickets here!


We will be pouring at the Fraser Valley Distillery Festival in Chilliwack, on Friday, January 27. This is a great event for all BC Craft enthousiastsand a fundraising event for the Chilliwack Music School. Get your tickets here!


Again for the 4th time we will be part of Brewski on February 18 at Apex Ski Resort in the Gunbarrel Restaurant. Apex Mountain presents the 4th annual Brewski event with local craft beers, ciders and spirits. Get your tickets and book your accommodation soon as this event sells out every year! Get your tickets here!


Locals are looking forward to the 2nd annual Gatsby Party held at the SS Sicamous in Penticton on March 11. We will surprise you with a new cocktail creation! Get your tickets here!


If you live in the Lower Mainland you don't want to miss the 4th annual BC Distilled event on April 8, 2017 at the Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver. 
Started in 2014, the festival is the largest spirits event in Canada reserved exclusively for local distilleries. For more details click here!

What’s “Green” about Maple Leaf Spirits

Yesterday a customer asked us, what our Silver Award for Green Tourism stands for. we had Bronze level since 2013 and upgraded to Silver in April 2016. Please take a minute to watch this video to learn more about our initiatives to become more sustainable:

And here is more to read: Green Tourism Case Study – http://www.greentourismcanada.ca/case_study/maple-leaf-spirits/

Anette says:
We joined Green Tourism because we believe that tourism is a strong political and socio-economic advocate for the protection of our natural treasures. Green Tourism offers us support and external feedback to reduce our ecological footprint.

1st Annual East Kootenay Distillery Festival at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

Thank you to the staff at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort for orgainizing the the 1st Annual East Kootenay Distillery Festival!

It was a great "Fire & Ice" event, very well organized and planned. Even the weather was amazing and we enjoyed the sunshine in the hot pools of the Resort.

We offered our Golden Pear Cocktail and the Cherry Cocktail as well as our liqueurs on ice.

The recipe for the Cherry Cocktail is 2 oz Naramata Apple Juice mixed on ice with 1 oz Maple Leaf Spirits Cherry Liqueur. Serve it with dark chocolate!
The recipe for the Golden Pear Cocktail is 2 oz Naramata Apple Juice with 1/2 oz Pear Liqueur, 1/2 oz Pear Williams and a splash of lemon juice. Decorate it with a slice of apple!

Thank you to all guests who came and enjoyed the food and beverages provided by some of BC's finest distilleries! We look forward to welcoming you here this summer in Penticton, in Naramata, or to seeing you again next year!

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Maple Leaf on the “Bead Trail”

Maple Leaf Spirits is on the Bead Trail. We have 2 beads: The Maple Leaf flag as signature bead, and the cute little angel because our last name translated from German is angel (Engel).

Our tasting room is open by appointment. Call Jorg at 250.493.0180, tell him you want to see the beads, and we look forward to offering you a complimentary tasting of any 3 fruit brandies or liqueurs. Bring a friend!