Estate vines dating back to 1986
Our winery is nestled on 16 acres of estate vineyard in Okanagan Centre, British Columbia and is managed by Joe Zuppiger. Initial plantings of Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris and Bacchus date back to 1986 and subsequent plantings of Zweigelt, Merlot, Pinot Gris and Vidal were added in 1998 to 2000. Most of this vineyard is situated on a westerly slope and consists of well drained, gravelly glacial till and sandy loam soil. The westerly slope and proximity to the lake give the vineyard a moderate climate with a long frost-free period, allowing the grapes to hang on the vines until late October. The vineyard produces many of the lively and aromatic wines we specialize in.
In addition to the fruit from our estate vineyards, we source grapes from dedicated growers in our area.
This newly established vineyard, located just south of Okanagan Centre, is owned by Mike and Deborah Ritchie. Like our home vineyard, it has a steep, westerly slope with coarse, well-drained soils. It is planted with Pinot Noir, Zweigelt, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Riesling. We work with Mike in the day to day operation of the vineyard, making it an ideal partnership for the production of premium grapes.
Carr's Landing Vineyards
Carr's Landing, situated just north of Okanagan Centre, is another community within the District of Lake Country. It sits on the slopes of Okanagan Lake and enjoys a south-westerly aspect, making it slightly warmer than Okanagan Centre. The soils here are heavier with more clay content, making this area well suited to the Pinot varieties. We source grapes from three vineyards planted to Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, the largest being Wendell Orchards.
We purchase grapes from growers in East Kelowna and across the lake in West Kelowna. The various sites, from warm to cool, produce grapes with distinct characteristics that feature prominently in our blended wines.