OUR STORYBOOK VINEYARD

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OUR VINEYARD
OVERLOOKING WATER AND MOUNTAINS

Our storybook 2.81 acre vineyard sits on a south-facing slope overlooking the water and the mountains. Planted in 2007, the vineyard is home to rows of gnarled vines of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Viognier vines bursting through grass-covered silty loam soil. The growing season in the Okanagan is hot and dry, but our location at the center of the valley provides a slightly cooler micro-climate that allows us to pick later than most in the region. We prune for extremely low yields and leave our fruit to ripen slowly for the best quality possible. This ensures we can remain as hands-off as possible in the winery, letting the grapes and the soil shine through in the glass.

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Details

SURFACE
2.81 acres total. Syrah, 1.17 acres.Cabernet Sauvignon, 1.11 acres. Viognier, 0.53 acres.

PLANTING
2007


SOIL
Silty loam soil, with slope facing south/west.


FARMING
Sustainable.


DENSITY
8 feet by 4 feet.


PRUNING
Cordon

TRELLISING SYSTEM
Vertical Shoot Position (VSP)


IRRIGATION
Drip line


COVER CROP
Indiginous grass


YIELD AVERAGES
Viognier, 4 tons per acre. Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5 tons per acre. Syrah, 3.5 tons per acre.


HARVEST DATE
Determined by tasting. Our average harvest dates are later than most in the region—roughly the third week of October for Viognier, and the last week of October or first week of November for Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.

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MARIPOSA VINEYARD
PERFECT SOUTHWEST EXPOSURE

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To supplement our humble home vineyard, we also purchase Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Mariposa Vineyard in the neighbouring Similkameen Valley. The climate here is more extreme—hotter summers, colder winters, and less rainfall—but when vines struggle, grapes thrive.

 

The Mariposa Vineyard is a particularly strong example of the Similkameen terroir, built on a slope with wind protection from Mount Richter and perfect southwest exposure. The three vineyards here were planted across 18 acres in 2011, encompassing a mix of varieties including the prized Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that we just had to have. Volumes are low, but the combination of difficult conditions and organic farming practices produces Chardonnay with both remarkable richness and a bright balancing edge, and Pinot Noir that feels fresh and vibrant, with deep and long-lasting flavour.

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