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British Columbia Vineyards.
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…
Our region features several diverse climate and soil conditions that, in turn, allow local vintners to make a broad spectrum of grape varieties and wine types.
The climate is considered to be continental, which describes places where the difference between the average mean temperatures of its hottest month and that of its coldest month are extreme. In other words, the regions have four precise and distinct seasons.
This helps craft a style of wine that straddles cool and warm climate characteristics. New world fruit with old world structure describes some of the industry’s finest efforts. From north to south and east to west, there is more diversity in this small region than most other wine producing areas in the world.
GOLDEN MILE BENCH – OKANAGAN VALLEY
Our home site is a magical 12 acre block that is the most southern vineyard on the golden mile bench. Rocky soils and a gentle east facing slope produces balanced, mineral laden reds, and a rich, unctuous Ggewürztraminer. We are in the process of replanting some of the vineyard to Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc. The golden mile bench become BC’s first official sub appelation in 2016 and is home to some of the provinces most premium minded wine growers.
- Gewurztraminer (1973)
- Merlot (1992)
- Zinfandel (2002)
- Cabernet Sauvignon (2017)
OKANAGAN FALLS – OKANAGAN VALLEY
25% of this site is being replanted to Pinot Noir, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. It is also the home to our nursery where we raise our vines before planting. Okanagan falls is one of the most unique sites in British Columbia. Over tens of thousands of years a series of glaciers carved a great valley and left behind mounds of rocky soils. These along with long warm days and cool nights create wines with great acidity and mineral notes.
- Riesling (1979)
- Merlot (1997)
- Cabernet Franc (2002/2017)
- Syrah (2017)
- Pinot Noir (2018)
SOUTH CAWSTON – SIMILKAMEEN VALLEY
The Similkameen valley is an amazing place to grow a diversity of varieties. Wind-blown soils, alluvial fans and coarse rocky material have eroded from the surrounding mountains lending a unique soil structure far different than that of the Oakangan valley. Soils are derived from limestone, schist or granite which gives a desirable mineral sensation to the wine. Lazy River is home to an array of varietals and gets its name from the winding river that makes viticulture here possible.
- Riesling (1997)
- Pinot Gris (1997)
- Gamay (2000)
- Syrah (2002)
- Merlot (2002)
WEST OSOYOOS – OKANAGAN VALLEY
Summer Breeze Vineyard enjoys an east facing slope towards Osoyoos Lake – Canada’s warmest growing area. This arid 17 acre plot has been farmed organically since it was planted in 2007. It enjoys long, warm days and cooler afternoons thanks to the reliable wind that comes up daily. The soils are mix of sand, clay, and gravel and have excellent drainage. The big reds thrive in this desert heat. Merlot and Syrah from our reserve series will feature this amazing block
- Syrah (2007)
- Merlot (2007)
- Cabernet Franc (2007)