Conner’s Wine Cellar, now in it’s 19th year of operation was originally founded by Bill and Janice Conner.
In February of 2007 Carole and Calvin Quaite, an energetic young couple with roots in the Chilliwack area, took ownership of Conner’s Wine Cellar.
Carole and Calvin Quaite were starting an exciting new chapter in their lives. With a return to the Chilliwack area, a new addition to the family on the way, and an exciting new business venture ahead of them, their passion for wine and entrepreneurial spirit were finally being realized.
While Calvin’s passion for wine came from 15 years of home brew and wine making experimentation and successes, Carole’s love for the grape was purely hereditary. Carole’s grandfather André Malécot is a Parisian born connoisseur and amateur sommelier whose lineage extends to the elite Chateau Maléscot St. Exupery winery in Margeaux, France.
With dreams of someday running their own B.C. boutique winery, Carole and Calvin realized that mere passion and inherited affinity for the fruit of the vine was not sufficient – there was still plenty to learn about cultivating, harvesting, blending, and fining before such a venture. The purchase of Conner’s Wine Cellar was the perfect way to hone their skills and master the subtle and delectable art of wine making.
Now 6 years with Calvin and Carole at the helm, Conner’s Wine Cellar has become one of the fastest growing U-Vin operations in British Columbia. All modern bottling, filtering, processing and corking equipment, the addition of five French oak barrels for custom wine aging, and 61 medal wins in regional, provincial and international wine competitions has solidified their reputation as one of the region’s favorite craft wine making establishments. In fact, Conner’s Wine Cellar has been voted “Chilliwack’s Best U-Vin/U-Brew” by the Chilliwack Progress A-List for the third straight year (2010,2011,2012)!
In 2011 Calvin began bolstering their modest stock of homebrewing equipment, accessories, ingredients and additives, and soon became known as the de-facto homebrew supply shop in Chilliwack. By the end of 2011, Conner’s Wine Cellar was stocking barley malts and brewing grains, fresh hops, live yeast cultures, and kegging gear. Less than a year later, they were the largest homebrew supply shop in a 100km radius, and boasted the best retail selection of hops and malts in the province.
In 2012, Conner’s Wine Cellar launched their online store as True North Brew Supply, and began shipping home brewing equipment nationwide.
We care about Chilliwack; it’s where we live.
We contribute to our community by supporting local events, groups and charities:
– Chilliwack Zymurgy Club
– Chilliwack Hombrewers
– Fraser Valley SPCA
– Chilliwack Golf and Country Club
– Canuck Place
– BC Women and Children’s Hospital
– Canadian Cancer Foundation
– Chilliwack Hospice Society
– Knights of Columbus
– Chilliwack Curling Club
– Walk for the Cure
– Optimist Club of Chilliwack
– Royal Canadian Legion
– Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
– Chilliwack School District 33
– Light the Night Walk
– Leukemia and Lymphoma Society