South Rock Vineyard was originally purchased from the Crown in 1963 by John Tokios. In 1968 it was planted to Okanagan Riesling, Bacchus, Chancellor and other hybrid varietals that have since been replaced. This makes it one of the earliest established sites in British Columbia. In the early 70’s the first vinifera was planted – Gewürztraminer which was recommended through the Becker Project, often considered the second stage of BC wines evolution. The vineyard continued to be upgraded with more suitable varieties and now grows Gewürztraminer, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and some of BC’s only Zinfandel.
This is a truly special site located at the most southern end of the Golden Mile Bench – BC’s first sub appellation. With morning sun and cooler afternoons, the grapes hear retain vibrant acidity, distinct minerality, and fresh fruit flavours. The Golden Mile winegrowing district is strictly defined by the alluvial soils and landforms created through successive flooding following the most recent ice age some 10,000 years ago. The sub-DVA was granted on the basis of in-depth scientific analysis that concluded the wines produced there “consistently demonstrate distinctive characteristics related to shared soil, topography and climate, enhanced by the adoption of specific production practices.” We are proud to share in the evolution of BC wine growing to more site specific philosophies.
Visitors to Rust will enjoy one of the most breathtaking views in the valley overlooking the Black Sage Bench to the east and Osoyoos to the south, as well as the rolling hills behind the winery that bathe in the Okanagan light.