Once a small unknown winery in the Mt Lehman region of the Fraser Valley Singetree has grown to be one of the Valley's top wineries. In fact they opened a second location on the Naramata Bench and have raised their status to one of BC's best wineries. What an accomplishment in such a sort time
Garnet Etsell and his wife Debbie had established a successful farming business in the valley, as their family grew and matured they realized their turkey farm was not going sustain their sons and families. The solution, start a winery. The vineyard was first established in 2010. The Naramata location opened in 2018
In the late 1800s, the Singletree, the single harness yoke, was an essential tool for pioneering farmers. It allowed those who saw the potential of the Mt. Lehman area to use horses to clear the land, and make way for farming; no easy feat.
One of their most popular wines since they first open has bee their siegerebe. Siegerrebe (see-geh-RAY-buh), which means “victory” in German, is a white grape that grows very well in cooler climates with intense aromatics similar to Gewürztraminer.
Today I opened a bottle of their 2015. It is more of a summer patio wine than a late damp rainy fall day wine. However I did enjoy the wine! My first thought were of candy Hard candys. The wine is sweet. It starts with soft and perfumed peaches and pears. Upon sipping the sweetness is noticeable but enjoyable. I would definitely buy this wine again.