Great wines come from the places around the globe where winemakers take the time and consideration to make the kind of wine that only a particular place can; where wine is craft first and ‘product’ second.
The Okanagan/Similkameen is this kind of place. Here winemakers strive to express what’s distinctive about their region, creating wines that are uniquely British Columbian.
Our appellations are at the northernmost limit of wine growing, claiming the territory of last frontier. Here, grape quality is ultimately enhanced by the vines’ struggle to yield ripe fruit in a shorter growing season. To some, it might seem miraculous that grapes can thrive here, but thanks to the incredible lakes, hills, and soils, they do, and they do very special things.
Meet our Manager of Viticulture
Managing 300-acres spanning across five vineyards in the Okanagan and the Similkameen, Brett envisions a time when the soil is healthy and full of life and each site is farmed as its own ecosystem. “We have some of the most beautiful vineyard sites in the valley and it is my goal to start farming with nature instead of against it. The conversion to organic is going to take time, but we are starting this year (2019) by removing all synthetic chemicals from our vineyards in order to build a sustainable relationship with our soil and our vines. This shift is not only safer for our team, our neighbours and our environment, but it will inevitably lead to the consumer having more honest, pure wines with a true sense of place.”
Mt. Boucherie Esate Vineyard - West Kelowna
Appellation | Okanagan Valley
Varietals | Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer, Zweigelt
Growing Degree Days | 1,270 degree days
Our West Kelowna vineyard, located on the eastern shadow of the former volcano Mount Boucherie, is home to our wine shop and winery production facility. The grapes thrive in the sandy loam, clay and limestone soils rich with mineral deposits and volcanic rock. The summers are hot and provide long daylight hours.
Lost Horn Vineyard - Okanagan Falls
Appellation | Okanagan Falls, Okanagan Valley
Varietals | Semillon, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Riesling, Pinot Noir
Growing Degree Days | 1,410 degree days
Okanagan Falls is a magical wine farming area and the second official sub-appellation in British Columbia. This narrow part of the valley gets a lot of heat from the bright southern Okanagan sunshine, while the cool nights here retain the acidity in the grapes helping to accentuate fruit flavours and freshness. The soil is comprised of mounds of glacially deposited rock and includes stony gravel, clay, and sandy loam.
Lazy River Vineyard - South Cawston
Appellation | Similkameen Valley
Varietals | Pinot Gris, Riesling, Chardonnay, Gamay Noir, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel.
Growing Degree Days | 1,460 degree days
Our Similkameen Valley vineyards lie just north of the US border and west of the southern Okanagan Valley. Due to the high mountains on both sides of the valley, and the reflective action of the rock, the heat is held long after the sun sets. The vines thrive in the stony, gravelly and silty loams from glacial rock formation. This is rugged wine country that produces wines that are completely distinct from the neighboring Okanagan Valley.
South Rock Vineyard - Golden Mile Bench
Sub-Appellation | Golden Mile Bench
Varietals | Gewürztraminer, Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon
Growing Degree Days | 1,484 degree days
Located on the western slope south of Oliver, the Golden Mile Bench offers a unique climate and soil type, and is the first officially recognized sub-appelation in British Columbia. Its southerly latitude provides a warm climate, but its location on the west side brings morning rather than afternoon sunshine, making it cooler than its eastern neighbour. The soil is well drained with gravel, clay, sand and is littered with large rocks from the eroding mountains to the west.