Fortunately for us (and you), the Okanagan valley happens to be one of the best wine regions with its unique climate and variety of latitudes and soils. There is a perceptible difference in temperature and greenery in the valley, from the lushness of the north to the sage ridden desert in the south. According to WineBC, the area between Oliver and Osoyoos is the northernmost tip of the northern most desert in the world; the Sonora Desert. Summers are generally very hot with July and August being warmer than Napa Valley, but the evenings are markedly cooler. Osoyoos has 1450 growing degree days and 8 inches of average annual rainfall (WineBC.com). Low rainfall, high heat units and a dry environment allow us to farm in a sustainable manner with all the respect the land deserves.
Along with our sister winery; Le Vieux Pin, we have around 50 acres of small parcel, prime vineyards in Oliver's Golden Mile and Black Sage Bench as well as vineyards in Osoyoos lake district. We have very distinct soil composition in our vineyards that result in very unique and distinctive wines. Until our vineyards reach maturity, we continue to contract grapes from quality minded growers who grow organically and sustainably.
We practice low input viticulture and employ deficit irrigation. As a result, our yields are very low and help concentrate the flavours and complexities in the fruit. Our average yield is 2 tons per acre and for some of our wines as low as 1 ton per acre, compared to the widely accepted 4-8 tons per acre yields by quantity focused producers.
The underpinning of our success is passion, friendship, dedication and commitment to excellence.