Founder, Gord Andrews, started his amateur winemaking career in 1969 making wine using fresh grapes from the Okanagan Valley, California, and Washington State. In the 1990's, the quality of the 'kit' wines developed dramatically, to the point where one could make an exceptional wine by enhancing the wine 'kit' with extra ingredients.
By 1996 Gord had developed many recipes for the various wines and had started to enter them into local and provincial competitions. The awards came fast and furious. In 2000, he entered into his first International Competition with the Home Wine and Beer Trade Association from the U.S.A., at the time the largest and oldest amateur wine competition in North America. With 18 entries, Gord won 13 awards. In the 2003 Wine Maker International Wine Competition, Crescent Wines entries placed SECOND overall, competing with entries from 41 states, 8 Canadian provinces, and 4 countries!