Vista Ridge Vineyard
Our first vineyard, the site of our winery, was purchased in 1996. This 23 acre property located on Skaha Bench (over looking Skaha Lake) in Pencticton, BC was planted in 1997 with 6 acres of vines consisting of the following varietals: Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Gamay. We decided to use the Lyre trellising system on this property for all varieties except for the Syrah. The Lyre system was developed in the 1980s in the Bordeaux region and is now widely used around the world. Not as popular here in the Okanagan Valley – we believe this system provides the grapes with ideal sun exposure, lots of air movement and not to mention a comfortable hight while hand-tending to the grapes. We used GDC (Geneva Double Curtain) trellis system on the Syrah block (this system is explained under the Dirty Dozen Vineyard).
Dirty Dozen Vineyard
Affectionately called “Dirty Dozen” Vineyard – this 12 acre property was purchased in the Fall of 2006. Located on Skaha Bench, just a minute away from our winery, 8 acres of this property was planted in the Spring of 2007 with the following varieties: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Grenache Noir, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier, and last but not least Tempranillo (hench the name with the dozen different varieties we planted). This property was planted using GDC (Geneva Double Curtain) trellis system – this system design consists of a horizontally divided canopy. The goal of the GDC system is to manage a dense canopy by dividing it in two, allowing more sunlight to reach the fruit renewal zone. Shoots are also positioned downward creating a canopy that has the appearance of two “curtains” on either side.
Both vineyards were planted with North-South orientation – this allows the canopy to capture as much sunlight as possible for photosynthesis in both the morning and afternoon and also allows for the sun exposure necessary to dry out the clusters and help avoid mildew issues.
As well as leasing a two acre vineyard, adjacent to us, with Pinot Gris planted on it, we also have the option of purchasing a few select varietals from local growers, enabling us to expand our portfolio, when excellent fruit is available. Great wine starts in the vineyard!