MT. BOUCHERIE STORYDISCOVER OUR HISTORY & TERROIR
Our roots run deep.
We are proud to own and manage some of the oldest vineyards in British Columbia, growing the best quality vinifera grapes on our estate vineyards in the Okanagan Valley, Golden Mile Bench and Similkameen Valley.
THE OLD RECENT
The name Mount Boucherie refers to the extinct volcano that is the geologic landmark of West Kelowna in the sun soaked Okanagan Valley. Last active during the Paleocene (or the “Old Recent”) it once rose over 2000 meters high before being eroded by glaciation to its current height of 417 meters above the lake. The soils which were created by this scouring glacial activity are those on which we grow today.
Mt. Boucherie Estates was established as a grape growing business by the Gidda family in 1968 with the winery following in 2001. The brothers planted vineyards in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys from the 60’s to 2000’s. They eventually grew their holdings to over 300 acres making them British Columbia’s largest family owned and operated wine businesses.
The winery and vineyards were purchased from the Gidda’s in 2016 with the vision of continuing this historic BC wine company with fresh energy, resources, and ideas. 25% of the vineyards are now being replanted, and a new winery is being built and slated to open in 2020.