British Columbia's Naramata Bench

LA Frenz Vineyards

 


Misconduct Wine Co.

375 Upper Bench Road
Penticton B.C V2A 4W6

Toll Free 1- 800-851-0903

Irreverent, passionate, and certainly bold. Focused on producing premium micro-lot wines that are terroir driven using old world winemaking. Our motto, “…know where your wine grows”. That’s why we geo tag every bottle of Suspect Series. We love what we do; we work hard and play harder…we’re ‘terroirists’ that make some tasty wines, come try our passion.


The Kitchen, located at Misconduct Wine Co, harkens to the winemaker’s Portuguese roots. Chef Abuls’ ever-changing menu offers a range of extraordinary, unique, and delicious Portuguese dishes with a Mexican flair.

 

Naramata Bench is bounded by lake shore, clay bluffs, vineyards, orchards and wilderness. Tree lined streets, artisan shops, museum, quaint country stores and nature trails are nearby. The Naramata Bench has optimal growing conditions due to the proximity of Okanagan Lake which provides for a long season.


Aces Wine Group

1309 Smethurst Road,
Box 40
Naramata, BC V0H1N0



Aces winery


Opened in 2009 and owned by Holger Clausen in partnership. Holger is a tournament poker player which accounts for the wineries name. Holger states perfect grapes are like poker hands rare indeed His first release was a Syrah called Pocket Aces Syrah.

The winery focuses on limited production wines. Production in 2010 was 7,100 litres.

Consulting Winemaker: Jason Parkes





Bella Wines

4320 Gulch Rd
Naramata

 


Specializing in Sparking wines featuring Chardonnay and Gamay. Owned by Jay Drysdale who completed his sommelier training in 2003. He managed Toasted Oak Wine Bar and Grill in Oliver receiving numerous awards for his BC wine list.

In 2008 Jay became the BC VQA liaison with the BC Wine Institute and in 2010 he took on the position of business development manager for Enotecca Winery and Resorts.  In 2012, Jay completed the Enology program at Washington State University.

Winemaker: Michael Bartier
Philosophy: To capture the beauty of BC fruit in very bubble



Bench 1775 Estate Winery

1751 Naramata Road
Penticton, BC
V2A 8T8


This stunning vineyard and winery was recently (2012) acquired by Paradise Ranch Wine Corp. and renamed BENCH 1775. The winery sits on 30 lake-front acres boasting panoramic views overlooking Okanagan Lake with a 1000 feet of beach frontage.

Jim Stewart, Founder and CEO of Paradise Wine Wines Corp., which has historically produced only icewines and late harvest wines under its PARADISE RANCH and WHISTLER brands. The winery is now owned by Chinese investors. Winemaker and General Manager is part owner.

The 7.5-hectare (18.5-acre) vineyard’s remarkable features include a lengthy private beach on Okanagan Lake

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce moderated a panel on women involved in our wine industry. Our viticulturist, winemaker and general manager, Val Tait, was invited. Bench 1775. Val is a strong beleiver in team work. TheWinery amazed the whole industry by eight awesomely-qualified women calling the shots at the winery. John Schreiner said in his latest blog that "these eight women at Bench 1775 are making excellent wines!"

Winemaker: Val Tait, Alain Sutre wine consultant 

Philosophy: is to capture the full expression of the grapes grown in vibrantly healthy and balanced vineyards. 




Black Cloud Winery

1450 McMillan Ave.
Penticton, BC
V2A 8T4

 

Black Cloud


The winery owned by Audralee Daum and her husband winemaker Brad Cooper . Brad has always had the desire to own his own winery. When a proposed winery Brad made wines for never opened, Brad was paid with the wines. His wife and business partner Auralee Daum were not too pleased; saying Just as things get better another black cloud comes along.

The wines are made at Serendipity Winery

Black Cloud produces limited quality wines.
Signature wine is Pinot Noir

Winemaker: Bradley Cooper
Philosophy:



Black Widow Winery

1630 Naramata Road
Penticton, BC V2A 8T7

Black Widow Winery


Dick Lancaster has been a noted amateur winemaker for over 30 years. In 2000 Dick and his wife Shona came across this beautiful seven acre property. It was already producing vines, with a panoramic view of Naramata Bench and the lake, it was too good to turn down. Taking on grape growing and commercial wine making was a natural progression, satisfying a long time passion.

The name represents the Black Widow spiders which are quite common on the property, and serve as a reminder that they are growing grapes in a desert region.

A gravity flow winery was constructed to produce Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris and Schönburger Merlot. All wines are produced from their own vineyard

Signature wines: Hourglass a bold Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon blend-100% oak aged (predominantly French) for at least 21 months. Pinot Gris, harvested late, cold soaked, and partially barrel fermented.

Winemaker: Dick Lancaster
Philosophy: Grow really ripe fruit on our own property, making wines of intense flavour, bouquet, and character.

 


Carson Pinot Co

1060 Popular Grove Road
Naramata, BC VOH 8T6

 

A virtual winery. The name comes from the winemaker Chris Carson. Chris is also the winemaker for Meyer Family Vineyards. He loves the heartbreak grape, Pinot Noir and supervised the planting of 9000 new pinot vines in early 2009 at McLean Creek Road Vineyard of Meyer Family.

Winemaker: Chris Carson


Coolshanagh Wines

RR1, S16, C47 Naramata, BC V0H 1N0


 

Opened in 2015 owners are Skip Stothert and his wife July. In 2003 Skip and Judy relocated from Deep Cove in North Vancouver to a 52-acre-site seven kilometers north of Naramata, directly above the water. Until recently all grapes were sold to other wineries.

The unique, complex soil is studded with limestone and calcium carbonate. According to world renowned terroir specialist Dr. Pedro Parra, the Coolshanagh Vineyard offers some of the best exposure and soil structures for grape growing he had seen in the Okanagan, among the top 15% in the world.

Coolshanagh Vineyards is committed to sustainable farming and have begun the transition to organic farming

Currently Coolshanagh produces only a small batch Chardonnay, sourced only from estate fruit, and a Pinot Noir is in production.

Coolshanagh means the meeting place of friends

Winemaker: Matt Dumayne at Okanagan Crush Pad



D'Angelo Estate Winery


979 Lochore Road
Penticton, BC V2A 8V1

D'Angelo Estates


D'Angelo Estate Winery was established in 1984 By Vintner Sal D'Angelo in Amherstburg, Ontario; the D'Angelo Family has a rich history in Canada 's wine making industry.

Illness forced Sal to move to the drier climate of the Okanagan. After vacationing for many years in the Penticton area in 2002 he purchased 27 acres, where he built a gravity flow winery.

The winery now has 8.5 acres planted on the 27 acre property; just some of their varietals include Pinot Noir, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet, Tempranillo and Viogner.

As a winemaker Sal specializes in reds and icewines, in 2006 Sal produced Canada's first Tempranillo icewine, released in the summer of 2008. His flagship wine is called Settle Coppa which means seven measures

D'Angelo Winery operates as a family business with daughter Stephanie and son Christopher.

Sal D'Angelo was named Ontario's Grape King in 1999.

Winemaker Sal D'Angelo

 


DayDreamer Wines

1493 Todd Road
Penticton, BC V2A 8T6



Marcus Ansems uncle was one of the most influential cool climate Australian winemakers, at one of the highest regarded wineries in the country. He graduated from Adelaide University Roseworthy program with a Bachelor of Science (Oenology major) in 1996. Since then he has worked over 30 vintages around the world making wine in Europe, South Africa, Australia and Canada.

Marcus became a well known winemaker in BC working at Blasted Church and Therapy Vineyards. He and his wife Rachel had a dream to own their own winery.

The winery’s Merlot-based blend is named Amelia, for their daughter. Daydreamer launched with about 1,000 cases including Chardonnay and the two Syrahs, one co-fermented with Viognier.

 

Winemaker: Marcus Ansems
Winemaking Philosophy:

  • Find a great vineyard where the fruit speaks to you.
  • If the grapes are organic-then all the better.
  • Harvest the grapes when they are balanced-acidity is as important as sugar.
  • Treat the grapes gently, hand pick and use basket presses if possible.
  • Work the ferments by hand-it is good for you and the wine.
  • Use new oak sparingly- as it will mask the fruit.
  • Gravity and time are your friend. Wines will filter themselves given enough of both.
  • Use sulfur sparingly- avoid adding anything to the wine that you don't absolutely need.
  • There is no secret to making good wine, it's all just about attention to detail.
  • Make wines that you want to drink – not just wines that will win medals.




Deep Root


860 Tillar Rd.
Naramata

 


It is difficult to know what to say about this winery as they stated they were not interested in been on this website. The winery is owned by Bryan and Debra Hardman. The Hardman family has been growing apples in Naramata since 1919

Bryan planted two hectares (five acres) of grapes in 1996 “just to see if I liked it.” When he did, he gradually replaced his apple trees with vines and left the apple business entirely in 2010. Now he owns eight hectares (20 acres) of vineyard and manages another four hectares (10 acres).(1)

It was their son Will who began working at various wineries that led to their decision to grow grapes and produce wine. Will studied winemaking at Okanagan College. He has done crushes with wineries in New Zealand and South Africa. He also worked with Van Westen Vineyards, where Deep Roots made its 2012 vintage, a total of 13 barrels of Merlot, Malbec and Syrah.

New facilities were opened in 2013 launched with just over 1,000 cases of wine. Merlot, Malbec and Syrah,Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Gamay Noir

Winemaker: Will Hardman
Philosophy:



Domaine Roche

Upper Bench Road
Naramata

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Dylan and Pénélope Roche bought an eight-acre block last summer (2014) on Upper Bench Road in Penticton. Currently, that includes 3.5 acres of Schönburger (under contract to another winery) and one acre of Zweigelt

Dylan left North Vancouver in 2000 to work as a bicycle mechanic in Burgundy instead he obtained a diploma in viticulture and winemaking in Beaune leading to an apprenticeships in the Côte d’Or, Chablis, and New Zealand. Five years in Bordeaux included teaching oenology and sensory evaluation classes at château Lynch-Bages in Pauillac, and managing a small estate in Margaux.

Pénélope was born in France, with five generations of winemaking and viticulture behind her in the family estate, Château Les Carmes in Haut-Brion. She also has formal winemaking and experience in Spain, New Zealand and Australia.

Winemaker: Dylan Roche Pénélope Roche



Elephant Island Orchard Winery


2730 Aikens Loop
RR1 S5 C18
Naramata, BC V0H 1N0


elephant logo


Located in Naramata on Okanagan Lake's east shore among the fruit farms crafting fine fruit wines has been a tradition in the Wisnicki family for more than four generations. Coupling this rich history with the international training and experience of consulting oeanologist, Christine Leroux, Proprietors, Miranda and Del Halliday named their winery after Elephant Island paying tribute to Miranda's Grand Parents (Wisnicki) who built their retirement home on the Island.

Winemaker: Christine Leroux who trained at the L'Institut D'Oenologie de Bordeaux, in Bordeaux, France.



Earlco Holdings Ltd

Three Sisters Winery

1493 Todd Road
Penticton BC
V2A 8T6




In 2003 John and Liz Lawrence, acquired a 15 acre property with a 7.5 acre planted vineyard. This retirement plan, although somewhat a hare-brained scheme, was based on a long family history of farming, a passion for growing and an appreciation of vineyards from around the world. Earlco Holdings Ltd was created.

The name is derived after naming the vineyard blocks using the names of their three daughters; Emily, Abby and Rebecca Lawrence and put into a Company! Wines are produced under the Earlco label and Three Sister Winery.

The company Earlco manages vineyards for clients, provides consulting services and makes wines for various clients.

 

Winemaker: Matthew Mikulic
Philosophy: is to do as much in the vineyards as possible so the wines are as natural as possible in the bottle.




Forgotten Hill Wine CO

3960 Cottonwood Lane
Naramata, BC
VOH 1N1


The adventure began in 2008 for owners Cherry & Denys Bouton and daughter Maya Gauthier. They planted the vineyard, the highest on the Naramata Bench, at 2100 feet elevation. They have just under 4 acres of grapes, with 3 acres planted in Pinot Gris, and the rest in Pinot Noir.

The site is a very rugged one, that was logged three times over the course of the last 100 years, and has been otherwise untouched by agriculture. They are growing on a very gravelly, sandy soil, with only a dusting of topsoil. We irrigate very sparingly, and rely mostly on natural rainfall and soil moisture for our production. We also, perhaps unsurprisingly, crop very low.

At 2,100 feet above sea level, Forgotten Hill has the highest-elevation winery vineyard in the Okanagan

Maya began studying Viticulture at Okanagan College in 2007. It was here that she met her husband Benoit.

Maya earned her level 3 WSET and worked a couple of harvests locally, and one in New Zealand with her husband. When they returned, I took a hiatus from the wine world to start our family (2 little girls) and the B&B, and while Ben began working at Noble Ridge Winery, where he is currently the winemaker. Now that our kids are getting a little older, we felt the time was right to work together and dive into the winery project we had anticipated for so long. 

signature wines: Estate Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir.

We are a small family business, and ours is definitely a passion project. It’s been ten years in the making, and everything we do, we do with a meticulous eye for detail, a constant pursuit of quality, and an intense desire to create something that will bring delight to ourselves, as well as to our guests and consumers. 

Winemaker: Benoit Gauthier
Philosophy: Our goal is to bring out the optimal varietal expression in our wines, while embracing and celebrating the distinct characteristics imparted by the terroir.



Foxtrot Winery

2333 Gammond Road
Naramata, BC
V2A 8T6

Foxtrot


A winery with a most spectacular view owned by Torsten and Kicki Allander. The winery specializes in an ultra-premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Wapita Cellars a division of Foxtrot Vineyards, focused on making premium Rhone style wines in the Okanagan Valley. Wapiti Cellars currently produces Viognier.

The label: Every year, just in time for harvest, Foxtrot has had a resident Black Bear around the vineyard. Sometimes he has been known to make an appearance at picking time and pickers would comment that it looked like he was dancing when standing up on his hind legs. At the winery we have come to affectionately call him Fred.

The winemakers are Gustav and Nadine Allander. Before landing in the Okanagan valley Gustav spent two years studying engineering at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Once in the Okanagan he worked with various top wineries while at the same time enrolling in the Okanagan University College’s winery and viticulture program. It was here he met his wife Nadine.

Nadine graduated from Lincoln University in Christchurch, New Zealand with a B.Sc. in viticulture and oenology.

Winemakers: Gustav and Nadine Allander
Winemaking Philosophy: Ensuring the best possible grapes to work with come harvest time. At harvest they use all of their combined knowledge, the best in old world and new world techniques, and state of the art technology to produce the best possible wines.


Hillside Estate Winery

1350 Naramata Road
Naramata, BC V2A 8T6

hillside winery


Hillside Estate was started in 1984 when Vera and Bohumir Klockockas began replacing fruit trees with vines in the orchard they had purchased in 1979 on Naramata Road, just north of the city of Penticton, BC. The couple had decided the site would be ideal for a vineyard because of the gravelly topsoil on a slope which faced west, catching the direct rays of the sun and reflections off nearby Lake Okanagan. The winery is currently owned by a group of investors.

Winemaker Kathy Malone is focusing, as much as she can on making Hillside wines with grapes grown on the Naramata Bench. “We want to show the Naramata fruit,” she says. “It is the best place in the Okanagan to grow grapes.”

Hillside is the only BC winery producing Muscat Ottonel, a truly unique and unusual aromatic white wine. The winery has a barrel room, bistro and tasting room. The Barrel Room Bistro offers delightful lunches and dinners, featuring a second story patio with an amazing view of Okanagan Lake and surrounding orchards and vineyards. They produce about 12,000 cases a year from 40 acres of vineyards

In 1989 Hillside, together with Lang Vineyards and Wild Goose, lobbied the Provincial Government to bring about the Farmgate Winery Policy that was instrumental in changing the B.C. Wine Industry. The new policy allowed small vineyards of five acres or less to not only produce wine but also to sell it directly from their premises

Their Bistro has the distinction of being awarded “Best Restaurant Associated with a Winery in the South Okanagan

Winemaker: Kathy Malone
Winemaking Philosophy: We have made a commitment to producing quality wines with only the best Okanagan Valley grapes.


Howling Bluff Winery

1086 Three Mile Rd
Penticton, BC V2A 8T6


howling Bluff

Owner Luke Smith spent six months searching for the right location. He had been dreaming of owning a winery for twenty years and found his vineyard in the Naramata Bench
and called his 20 acres Summa Quies Vineyard. The winery he named Howling Bluff a name which came when he stood in his vineyard on a windy day listening to the dogs barking.

The vineyard was first planted in 2003 with additional plantings in 2004/2005/2006/2007/2008 and the first wine making facility built in 2007.

The goal is to produce 2000-3000 cases of estate wine, three wines, a Sauvignon Blanc, a Pinot Noir and Sin Cera our Merlot/Cab franc/Cab sav/Malbec/Petite Verdot blend

Signature wines: Sin Cera and Pinot Noir

The winery strives to make the best possible wines using 100% estate grown grapes.

Winemaker: Chris Carson
Winemaking Philosophy: Grow the best grapes to make the best wine possible



JoieFarm Winery

2825 Naramata Rd
(Access through Aikins Loop)
Naramata, BC
V0H1N1


JoieFarm is one of the Okanagan Valley's premiere boutique wineries. The winery has consistently earned national and international acclaim for their wines since the first vintage release in 2004. Production has steadily grown annually 18,000 cases. .

Joie (zh-wah) – means “joy” in French and it expresses the pleasure that wine and food bring to life. Internationally renowned for aromatic white wines, mouth-watering rosé and award-winning Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The winery has 6 acres of Muscat Giallo and Gewurztraminer. Vineyards on long-term leased include Gamay, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Auxerrois, and Viognier.

Heidi Noble is the owner of the winery. Joie's Farm began as a cooking school but the relationship between wine and food could not be ignored. For Heidi it was the desire to feed people, placing an emphasis on teaching them about where their food comes from.

signature wines? A Noble Blend, ‘Re-Think Pink’ Rosé, ‘En Famille’ Reserve Chardonnay

Their facilities include a bocce court with crushed oyster shell and regulation balls.

Winemaker: Heidi Noble
Philosophy: to make the best naturally balanced wines possible, defined by their freshness and intensity of fruit.





Kettle Valley Winery


2988 Hayman Road
Naramata, BC

kettle valley


In 1996 Bob Ferguson and Tim Watts opened their winery. The winery was named after the old railway that used to run along the eastern shore. They started operations in a 3 car garage focusing more on the quality of the wine than expansion. They own several vineyards on the bench equalling 20 acres.

In his book British Columbia Wine country author John Schreiner states Kettle Valley makes some of the boldest and longest lived wines on Naramata Bench. Ferguson describes their wines as big, robust and full bodied.

Old Main Red is one of their signature wines; a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot.

Kettle Valley Winery was named after the railway that had first tied Naramata together with the outside world, and which was the one place from which we could see all our vineyards at the same time.






La Frenz Winery


740 Naramata Road
Penticton, BC

owners Jeff and Niva Martin


This winery opened in 2002 with Jeff and Niva Martin owners. Jeff had worked as the winemaker at Quails' Gate for five years before starting his own winery. He has a degree in Eonology/ Wine Science, from Charles Stuart University, Australia resulting in 30 years of winemaking and viticulture experience in both North and Southern hemispheres

The Martins named the winery after Jeff's Grandfather. His ten acre vineyard on the bench includes Shiraz, Merlot, Viognier and Schönburger. Another vineyard also ten acres, is located on the Golden Mile near Oliver. A second vineyard on the Bench was planted in 2008.

The wineries direction is to remain small and focus on continuing to craft stellar wines. Two of their wines were selected for Queen Elizabeth's Gala dinner during her visit in May 2005. Their 2005 Merlot was selected as wine of the show at the Northwest wine summit, Portland 2007. A first for a Canadian wine

Signature wines: Shiraz, Semillon, Viognier. Liqueur Muscat, Tawny Port

Platinum 2017 Nationals La Frenz 2015 Ensemble Reserve,

2017 winners of The Best Small Winery of the Year at The National Wine Awards

Winemaker: Dominic McCosker
Philosophy: To over deliver in the glass




Lake Breeze Vineyard


930 Sammet Road,
Naramata, BC VOH 1N0

lakebrreze


The winery is located on the eastern hillside overlooking Okanagan Lake. Historically an orchard, the first European vinifera were planted in 1985. Lake Breeze Vineyards is proud to be the first winery in Canada to grow and produce Pinotage, the native South African variety. Pinotage was developed in South Africa in the 1920s and is a cross between pinot noir and cinsaut (often referred to as hermitage).

The winery is group owned by the husband and wife teams consisting of Gary Reynolds and Tracy Ball and Drew and Barbara MacIntyre. Gary Reynolds is the operating partner. The winery is named after the winds that blow along the lake. Garron Elmes, the winemaker at Lake Breeze Vineyards, was given the additional title of president.

Winery property is 12 acres, 9 of which are planted. Producing 11,000 cases signature wines: Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Meritage


A licensed patio offers light lunches.

Winemaker: Garron Elmes
Philosophy: Let the grapes speak for themselves. Our wines are fresh, clean expressions of the grape with minimal intervention.



Lang Vineyards


2493 Gammon Road, RR1, S11, C55,
Naramata, BC VOH INO

lang winery


Overlooking Okanagan Lake, Lang Vineyards has a magnificent view of the valley.

Lang Vineyards opened their doors in 1990 the first farm gate winery in BC and has grown from it's humble beginnings into one of the Okanagan's foremost boutique wineries. The winery was purchased by Yong Wang in 2010, Gunther Lang has continued on as a consultant.

Pinot Meunier, a classic Champagne grape, grows in their vineyard

Winemaker : Robert Thielicke



Laughing Stock Vineyards

1548 Naramata Rd
Penticton, BC
V2A 8T7


Laughting stock vineyards


Located on a 5 acre parcel in Naramata Laughing Stock is the long time dream of David and Cynthia Enns. Considering their background in the investment industry, this move from Vancouver to the Okanagan to open a winery has resulted in their trading in financial stocks for grape stocks. In the eyes of their peer group, this venture could be interpreted as a whimsical, romantic, and well, ... foolish investment. A financial decision that could make Cynthia and David the outright laughing stock in the eyes of their workmates in the financial industry. David often humorously refers to having made a Vow of Poverty when he decided to build a winery.

Laughing Stock is a name that will raise an eyebrow or two in the Okanagan Valley. It counters the traditional approach to wine marketing - largely based on elegance, refinement, stature, heritage etc. It also magnifies the vulnerability that Cynthia and David must bear. Every morning, they wake up motivated NOT to do anything that would validate their winery name. With a name like Laughing Stock, they have no choice but to produce exceptional wines.

The Enns' purchase included some vineyard planted to Merlot and they have since planted additional acreage, Bordeaux varietals such as Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot & Malbec. The first crush was completed in 2003 and they will be releasing a premium red blend in fall 2005 after 18 months of barrel aging. 

Winemaker: David Enns
Assistant Winemaker: Jonas Greig
Winemaking philosophy: Winemaking will follow Bordeaux directives of creating a blend of up to 5 of the Bordeaux varieties for our flagship red wine.  Extended barrel aging with a combination of new and used French oak will create the depth and complexity that comes from patient winemaking. 





Little Engine Wine

851 Naramata Road 
Penticton, BC V2A 8V2 





The winery owned by Steve and Nicole French opens in 2016. Their motto is Dreams don’t come true, dreams are made true and so began the journey. Why Little Engine…. because each and everyone one of us has a Little Engine Story; relating to the fable the Little Engine That Could.

Varietals based on terroir and the ability to influence with barrels. Two properties planted in Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot would mark estate production while Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon would make up the balance of the portfolio.

Scott Robinson is the winemaker. Scott furthers the industry’s growth as a Winemaking instructor at the Okanagan College and serves on the BC Wine Grape Council Research & Development Committee as Enology Conference Chair.

Winemaker: Scott Robinson
Philosophy: Our philosophy begins in the vineyard with precise pruning, canopy management, leafing and cluster thinning. We pursue low yields with the aim of fruits with intense concentration. Hand selected fruit combined with minimally-invasive winemaking techniques allow for our wines pure expression. A combination of natural yeasts, gentle maceration, French oak barrels and attention to every detail, result in wines of depth, character, elegance and finish.



Lock & Worth

1060 Popular Grove Road
Naramata, BC VOH 8T6

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The partners are Ross Hackworth, the owner of Nichol
Vineyard, and Matthew Sherlock. The winery was launched as Clean Slate but, after a trademark conflict with a German wine brand, the partners switched to a name crafted from their surnames

The location use to be the home of Poplar Grove winery before they moved. It is a better location tourist wise for Ross. Here too he can try more varietals than he is able to at Nichol Vineyards.

Winemaker: Ross Hackworth



Maple Leaf Spirits Inc.


948 Naramata Road
Penticton, BC
V2A 8V1
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Originally from Southern Germany, Jorg decided to start a distillery in the tradition of his ancestors. In 2005, he and his wife Anette formed Maple Leaf Spirits Inc. They produce  European style fruit brandies, spirits and liqueurs along with Skinny Gewürztraminer and Aged Skinny Syrah.

Winemaker:



Marichel Vineyards and Winery

1016 Littlejohn Rd.
Naramata, BC
V0H 1N0


This is a small winery on Naramata Bench, 500 cases per year. Marichel will produce bold wines primarily from estate grown grapes and always with fruit grown on the Naramata Bench. Their focus is to produce very limited wines. They have 3 hectares of Syrah and Viognier planted.

The vineyard’s name is a combination of the first initials of Elisabeth’s son Marlow, Richard and Elisabeth


Requests for information were respectfully declined by the winery

Owned by Richard and Elizabeth Roskell

Winemaker:  Richard Roskell 

offerings from this  farm are an expression of love of Naramata. This is a special place for growing and making wine.



Meyer Family Vineyards


965 Old Main Road
Naramata, BC V0H 1R1


In 2006 the Meyer family purchased 3.1 acres of land on the Naramata Bench's Old Main Road. The land had ten year old Chardonnay vines. A team was put in place to create great wines. The team consists of James Cluer General manager, Rhys production manager, Pierre LeVesque as vineyard manager and winemaker, along with Laura and Terry Meyer. Proprietors are Jak and his wife Janice

In 2008 they expanded by purchasing property in Okanagan Falls; 6.9 Hectares planted mostly with Pinot Noir. The tasting room is located at 4287 Mclean Road. Between the two vineyards there are 7 acres of Chardonnay, 7 acres of Pinot Noir, 4.5 acres of Gewürztraminer and 1.5 acre of Merlot.

Signature wines are the tribute series Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Meyer Family wines can be found in BC and Alberta.

Owners: JAK Meyer and Janice Stevens

Winemaker: Chris Carson
Philosophy Single vineyard wines with an emphasis on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We believe that wines are made in the vineyard and have a very hands off approach to winemaking. Each vineyard and vintage is made to showcase and reflect the terroir






Misconduct Wine Company

375 Upper Bench Road
Penticton B.C V2A 4W6

www.misconductwineco.com 


Richard Silva and his wife Twylla own the winery. The name is a nod to the clandestine, rambunctious Roaring Twenties

Their motto : know where your wine grows

Suspect Series is hand-crafted in the cellar, our single vineyard and small lot Suspect series wines reflect the unique attributes of the finest terroirs in the south Okanagan and Similkameen Valley. Elegant, focused and terroir driven, serious wine collectors will cellar and covet these wines for years

Bootleg Series is handcrafted in the cellar from our small lot Suspect Series vineyards. Final blends are made on the crush pad during primary fermentation while the vineyard wine components are at their most expressive. From our Alsatian inspired Misfit to The Big Take, our classic Bordeaux blend, our Bootleg Series blends are unique, fun and bold.


The Kitchen, located at Misconduct Wine Co, harkens to the winemaker’s Portuguese roots. Chef Abuls’ ever-changing menu offers a range of extraordinary, unique, and delicious Portuguese dishes with a Mexican flair.

Winemaker: Richard da Silva

Philosophy: As terroir négociants with over 60 years of farming in the South Okanagan, we believe terroir – the soil, site and climate of a particular region – trumps all. “I’m a terroirist”, declares owner winemaker Richard da Silva. “Place is fundamentally important to wine, and some grape varieties flourish better in other regions. I’m prepared to go anywhere in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valley for the best fruit.”



Monster Cellars Winery

1010 Tupper Ave.
Penticton, BC
V2A 8S5

 

Created in the 2006 vintage with sales beginning the following year, it is a sister label to Poplar Grove producing valued wines. Their labels celebrate the enduring myth of Ogopogo

Produced out of Popular Grove

Winemaker: Stefan Arnasen (senior winemaker) Nadine Allander and Kitson Stewart,


Mocojo Winery

1202 Gawne Road
Naramata, BC V0I 1N0


Kon Oh immigrated from to Alberta when he was 16. His father was a leader in the 4-H. Once married to his wife Dianne they ran a successful fresh cut flower business before taking the plunge to move to BC and start a winery

They have 3 children. MOCOJO is their initials in birth order

Kon has been mentored by winemaker Richard Kanazawa,
a neighbour and a friend.

Wines include Maréchal Foch, Gewürztraminer, Viognier and Malbec.

Winemaker: Kon Oh



Montagu Cellars Winery

29 1350 W 6th Ave
Vancouver, BC
V6H 1A7

Montagu


The vineyards are in Naramata, the offices in Vancouver. It's a small winery producing only three barrels of Merlot and one of Chardonnay each vintage. Proprietor Tom Doughty has sold his wines even before they are bottled.

Winemaker: Tom Doughty



Moraine Estate Winery Winery

1865 Naramata Rd Penticton, BC V2A8V1


Moraine Winery is named after the splendid glacial terrain and white clay bluffs that have created the iconic image of the Naramata Bench. The winery is owned by husband-wife team of Oleg and Svetlana Aristarkhov.

They have 10.5 acres producing 1500 cases. The 12-year old Anastasia Estate vineyard is planted with Merlot, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz and Riesling, with the smaller Sophia vineyard currently growing Pinot Noir.

The winery awarded a Double Gold award for our 2013 Pinot Noir, and a Bronze for our 2012 Pinot Noir at the 2015 International Pinot Competition

Signature wines are Pinot Gris, Viognier, Merlot Pinot Gris and Merlot

Winemaker: Jacqueline Kemp
Philosophy: Small batches, high quality




Nichol Vineyards & Estate Winery

1285 Smethurst Road
Naramata, BC V0H 1N0

photo by Chris Cornett


Nestled below the granite cliffs of the historic Kettle Valley Railway overlooking the sweeping majesty of Okanagan Lake. Nichol Vineyard has been creating hand-crafted specialty wines from estate-grown Okanagan grapes since 1993. The winery is owned by Ross Hackworth.

Signature wine: Syrah. They took a risk by planting Syrah and St. Laurent. It was a good risk; the Syrah has won them numerous awards.

Ross also produces the Clean Slate label.

Winemaker: Ross Hackworth
Winemaking Philosophy: The gentle handling of the wine from must through to bottling is paramount. An approach that is best done manually when possible. This style is labour intensive, but one that better allows the winemaker to assist the wine in expressing its natural traits and seasonal characteristics. Ross also believes in giving his wines an extra year to age.


Origin Wines

1278 Riddle Road,
Penticton BC V2A 8X2

 

A new winery opening June 2017 owned by Daiya Anderson and Blake Anderson. They have 2 vineyards on the Naramata. One one on the east side of Penticton and one on the west side. 8 acres. Grapes West Side: Pinot Noir/Gewurtz/Merlot Grapes East Side: Cab Franc/Syrah/Malbec/Viognier.

The Andersons both come from the Okanagan in a farming community. Blake's parents had a vineyard and he grew up planning, planting and managing vineyards. Daiya came from the restaurant industry and was passionate about wine since starting in the industry at age 19. They both dreamt of starting a winery together. They began the process of purchasing property and planting a vineyard in 2009. Our vision to get back to our origins have been in the works for some time

Their goal is to be a land based small family run winery and be a pristine location for weddings. We want our land to be somewhere people dream of coming back to year after year.

Winemaker: Daiya Anderson / Blake Anderson
Philosophy: Our goal is to help each person find a wine they love. Our experience is unpretentious and dare we say fun! We offer a unique blind tasting session to help facilitate this philosophy.

 



Perseus Winery
134 Lower Bench Rd
Penticton, BC
V2A 1A8

 

 

The winery is now owned by Terrabella the principals are Rob Ingram, Sam Elia and Bob Ole. The winery launched initially as Synergy. The name was changed after star lover Anthony Burée took over in 2010 as general manager.

They now have three vineyards. The Blind Creek vineyard bridges the two towns of Keremeos and Cawston in the Similkameen valley. Old Station over looks Skaha Lake in the Okanagan Valley. The vineyard sits between the city of Penticton and the town of Okanagan Falls.

A newly renovated tasting room tasting room is but a short distance from the centre of Penticton located in a 60 year old house making it the gateway to the Naramata Bench.

Signature wines are are Invictus, Select Lot Cabernet Franc and Pinot Gris

Winemaker: Jason Parks
Philosophy: of Perseus is to tell the story of the Okanagan through the diversity of its land; for us wine is geography in a bottle. We source grapes from Kelowna all the way down to Osoyoos and over the hill in the Similkameen. For what is such small area geographically the diversity is amazing and is one of the aspects that make BC such an amazing place to make wine. We'll continue making wines that always over-deliver for the price, are fresh and flavourful while really telling the story of the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys and the wonderful growers now call these places home.

Philosophy is to “Over deliver” in the wine that you taste, the service you receive and the experience at the tasting room. These are our priorities, come visit us where you will be treated like a guest and friend





Poplar Grove

425 Middle Bench Rd
Penticton, BC
V2A 8T6


Ian and Gitta Sutherland bought 12 acres on Okanagan Lake. In 1993 the apple trees were replaced by a vineyard using Merlot and Cabernet franc clones from Bordeaux. The winery opened in 1997 with '95 Merlot and '95 cab franc. Owners Ian and Gitta Sutherland won a Gold medal in 1997 for their very first release. This family run winery works on a very limited scale.

In 2007 Tony and Barbara Holler purchased 75% of the winery. Ian Sutherland and Barrie Sali completes the ownership team. A new building opened in 2011 at the foothills of Munson Mountain the gateway to the Naramata Bench. Barbara Holler owns 110 acres of vineyards located through the southern Okanagan.

Signature wine: Syrah

Winemakers Ian Sutherland, Stefan Amason



Quidni Estate Winery

1465 Naramata Rd
Naramata, BC
V2A 8X2

 

The owner, Marty Gunderson, had little knowledge of owning a winery prior to purchasing one. When people started asking him why he had taken this major leap he simply asked them, “why not?”.  Quidni is “why not” translated from Latin and that is how Quidni Estate Winery came to be.

 Customers are able to take a look at the cellars with the barrels and the manufacturing process.  All of this done by an above catwalk as well as a lower level tour.  Also, Quidni will soon be offering retreats at the winery (e.g., yoga, art, cycling, etc.) so that customers may stay for a few days to wine down and relax with the beauty of the surrounding scenery.  

Each bottle of Quidni Estate wine celebrates the philosophy of taking risks, leaving excuses at the door, and living life to the fullest.

Winemaker: Robert Thielicke
Philosophy: The grape is key to making great wine.  We are focused on making the best wine that the grapes are meant for


Red Rooster Winery

891 Naramata Rd
Naramata, BC
V2A 8T5


Located on the scenic Naramata Bench Road where breathtaking lake and mountain views surround the vineyard. The winery was originally started by a couple who immigrated from Switzerland. The winery's founders kept Rhode Island Reds; because roosters are good luck symbols in many cultures; and because roosters have a long association with wine (for example, the rooster is the symbol of the Chianti region of Italy.)

Today Red Rooster is owned and operated by Andrew Peller Ltd who also owns Calona Wines.

The winery produces Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris Riesling and Merlot.

Winemaker: Karen Gillis
Winemaking Philosophy: "Quality before quantity"


Roche

60 Upper Bench Road,
Penticton BC, V2A 8T1



Naramata tasting room opened July 2017 owned by Penelope + Dylan Roche




Winemakers:

 


Rose Estate Winery

1775 Naramata Road
Penticton, BC
V2A 8T8

 

Rose Estate exemplifies what the flower represents, beauty, love,youth and fortune. Rose Estate wines, produced and bottled by Bench1775, are made with the fruit of Naramata Bench Vineyards and from other carefully selected growers from the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys.

The winery has gained a strong reputation for its Late Harvest and Icewines. 2013 PR Riesling Icewine 375m - GOLD! 2014 InterVin International Wine Awards

Winemaker: Alain Sutre




Ruby Blues Winery

917 Naramata Rd
Penticton, BC
V2A 8V1


This small but funky winery is owned by Beat and Prudence Mahrer, formerly of Red Rooster Winery. In a song by the Rolling Stones" Goodbye Ruby Tuesday " there is a line: " catch your dreams before they slip away." It reflects why the Mahrers returned to start a second winery to allow Prudence more contact with the people. On the production building there is a 30 meter mural symbolizing the lyrics from the song. However they had to change the name to Ruby Blues due to copy-write issues.

The winery plans to stay small producing about 3999 cases. The wines are Viognier, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Riesling. In the Reds: Syrah, Merlot and Cab. Sauvignon and blends

Winemaker: Blair Gillingham 
Winemaking Philosophy: To reflect the terroir from the Naramata Bench. 95% of the grapes are grown on the Bench


Serendipity Winery

990 Lower Debeck Rd
Naramata, BC
V0H 1N0


 


Judy Kingston a Toronto lawyer decided to switch careers and purchased an Orchard on the Naramata Bench in 2006. Beginning in the spring, the property was completely re-landscaped to provide the optimum slope and orientation for the new vineyard. Judy selected the wine varietals for planting to match the micro climate and four distinct soil types that make up the property.

In the spring of 2007, she planted eight acres of vines with Syrah and Merlot as the main reds, and Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc as the whites. Subsequently she has added to the vineyard with the additional planting of Syrah, Cabernet Franc and a little Malbec for blending. Two additional acres of Pinot Noir were planted in 2011. The first harvest was in 2006

Winemakers: Bradley Cooper Judy Kingston

 



Three Sisters Winery


1250 Munson Ave
Penticton, BC, V2A 8S5

 

In 2003 John and Liz Lawrence, acquired a 15 acre property with a 7.5 acre planted vineyard. This retirement plan, although somewhat a hare-brained scheme, was based on a long family history of farming, a passion for growing and an appreciation of vineyards from around the world.  Co owners are Matthew Mikulic and Rebecca Lawrence

Earlco Vineyards Ltd was shaped in response to the burgeoning wine industry in the Okanagan, particularly on the Naramata Bench. The name is simply derived from the naming of our vineyard blocks after, the three sisters: Emily, Abby and Rebecca Lawrence and put into a Company! After 10 years the company has extended its own vineyards and entered into arrangements with local owners for the care and maintenance of their vineyards. Now farming over 160 acres of vineyards, Earlco Vineyards Ltd is a well-established and recognized viticulture company in the Okanagan.

Signature wines are the Three Sister series

Winemaker: Matt Mikulic
Winemaking Philosophy: Minimalistic approach with a focus on farming grapes





Tightrope Winery


1050 Fleet Rd
Penticton, BC V2A 8T7


After years of studying and working for other wineries Lyndsay and Graham O'Rourke decided to open their own winery. Having attained honours degrees in both oenology and viticulture while studying in New Zealand at Lincoln University, Lyndsay and Graham made a welcome return to the Okanagan Valley, settling on the Naramata Bench in 2007.

Graham worked at Mission Hill and Lyndsay was the winemaker at Ruby Blues Winery

Tightrope is an evocative term for them. “It represents the balancing act you go through when you make wine, from decisions in the vineyard, depending on the season, to decisions in the winery and winemaking. All of those variables have to be balanced.”

Winemaker: Lyndsay O'Rourke
Winemaking Philosophy: A journey of balance, skill and experience, from grape to bottle,
for a perfect finish every time



Township 7 Winery


1450 McMillian Ave
Penticton, BC
V2A 8T4


The winery was sold to Mike Raffan in June 2006. There are additional owners since.

This is Township 7's second location. They opened their original location (2001) in Langley's Township 7. Since the winery was so successful they felt it would be wrong to change the name at the Naramata location.

Two of the seven acres on the property were planted to grapes in the spring of 2004, with more plantings planned for 2005.  The retail wine shop housed in the newly built winery opened in August, 2004

Besides the vineyards in Langley and on the Naramata Bench, grapes for Township 7 Vineyards and Winery wines are grown in the Oliver area of British Columbia, a great location for growing grapes for the more full-bodied Merlots, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrahs and Chardonnays that Township 7 produces.

Winemaker: Mary McDermott



Therapy Vineyards

940 Debeck Road
Naramata, BC
V0H 1N0


A winery owned by Naramata Development Corporation a general partner of Naramata Winery Limited Partnership the name of the winery is based upon Our location is therapeutic, our guesthouse is therapeutic and our wine is therapeutic at the end of a long day. John McBean a Calgary business man led a group of fifty partners to launch a winery that combines great scenery along with great wines

Winemaker and General manger Marcus Ansems comes from a winemaking family (Mt Langi Ghiran in Australia), He has a degree majoring in Winemaking from Adelaide University Marcus has worked in Australia. South Africa, Italy, France, and Canada (both Niagara/Okanagan).

The winery has an 8 bedroom Five Star guest house

Signature wines: Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir

The winery's future plans are to grow slowly and produce high-end ultra premium wines with special emphasis on Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and unique blends.

Winemaker: Steve Latchford
Winemaking Philosophy:– Let the vineyard site come through in the wines, manipulate aromatic varieties as little as possible, use only the best quality oak, mouth feel is more important than tannin in red wines.


Terravista Vineyards


1853 Sutherland Rd
Naramata BC
V2A 8T8


Terravista Vineyards was started in 2008 by Bob and Senka Tennant. A bit of history...Bob and Senka have been in the BC grape/wine industry for the past 19 years. Senka as winemaker and Bob as vineyard and business operator at their first business, Black Hills Estate Winery. In 2007, Black Hills was sold and Bob and Senka, not wanting to leave the industry, started looking for a small piece of property on which to establish a new vineyard and winery. Their idea was to concentrate on a couple of white grape varieties that had been attracting their interest.

Their 1.6-hectare (four-acre) vineyard high on the Naramata Bench grows only Albariño and Verdejo, two Spanish white varieties never grown before in the Okanagan; the vines were not easy to locate. The Tennants received just enough in 2009 to plant a quarter of the vineyard, some of those vines were killed in a freeze that fall. It was not until 2011, with their new winery under construction, that they got enough vines to finish planting Terravista.

Bob and Senka have also purchased grapes from three different growers to produce their other white wine, a blend named FIGARO. It is made up of two white grape varieties - Roussanne and Viognier - that originate from the Rhone Valley in France. Next door neighbours Tony and Cheryl Galloway, their near neighbour Walter Meyer, and Rob and Lynn Webster from Osoyoos all grow and supply these grapes

The 600-square-metre (2,000 square-foot) winery, set into a hillside and partly below ground, is designed exclusively for producing small volumes of white wine

Winemaker: Senka Tennant
Winemaking Philosophy: Growing the best fruit the season will allow and expressing it and the site in the wine.




Upper Bench Winery


170 Upper Bench Rd
Naramata, BC
V2A 8T1

 

Upper Bench


Gavin and Shana Miller, Wayne and Margareta Nystrom are the owners of Upper Bench since 2011.. Gavin Miller is a well-known and respected winemaker, who has created award-winning wines for some of the region's renowned wineries he has worked at in his 14 years in the industry. They also hand-craft their own line of gluten-free, artisan Brie, blue, and washed-rind cheeses using 100% Canadian pasteurized cow’s milk.

Visitors can come and watch Shana handcraft her artisan cheeses through the creamery window, taste new releases, enjoy wine and a cheese plate paired with fresh baked hand-made bread on the patio, and purchase fresh local fruit.

All of our wines come from the mature vines on Upper Bench's unique seven-acre vineyard and Margaretta Vineyards, both located on the picturesque Naramata Bench. Current production is 1,350 cases, with a goal of reaching 5,000 cases by 2014. Winemaker Gavin Miller believes great wine is grown in the vineyard and their vines are meticulously farmed without the use of chemicals or pesticides.


Winemaker: Gavin Miller
Philosophy: Gavin believes great wine is made in the vineyard and farms sustainability, without the use of chemicals or pesticides Minimalist winemaking with a passion for flavour



Van Westen Vineyards


2800A Aikins Loop
Naramata, BC
V0H 1N0


The Van Westen family has been involved in farming the Naramata Bench for the last fifty years. Robert Van West has taken it one step further by opening a winery.

The property sits on an Eastern slope allowing for long hours of warm sunlight thus providing an excellent growing season.

Signature wines are Vino Grigio, Vavacious and Volptuous.

Currently there are no facilities for visitors.

Winemaker: Robert Van Westen
Winemaking Philosophy: To grow, produce and bottle fruit grown by van westen vineyards, solely from our land on the Naramata bench. From grapes to glass


Off the Bench

The off the bench represents wineries with a Penticton address but not on the Naramata

Crescent Hills Winery

205 Spruce Road
Penticton, British Columbia


 

Located at the north end of Skaha Lake . This places at the south end of Penticton. Owned by Teresa Murray Wiseman, whose father Glennallyn Murray bought the land and planted the vineyard in the 70s with all German clones. They were among the first the first vineyard in Penticton and among the very first in the Okanagan producing Gewürztraminer.

Glennallyn also had the first wine  tour bus which only went to his place and then later to Langs 

We are very small and humble but have big pride! The good Kind from tons of hard work ,minimal vineyard practices,hand picked and hand crafted wines.

signature wine is Glennallyn ( named after my father!) a Gewürztraminer.in

Winemaker: Russel Wiseman
Winemaking Philosophy:s

(1) John Schreiner - Okanagan Wine Tour Guide 2014

Osoyoos Lake Bench ~ The Golden Mile ~ Black Sage Road ~ Shaka Lake ~ Okanagan Falls ~ Kelowna

Summerland and Peachland ~ Mount Boucherie ~ Kelowna ~ Similkameen Valley ~ Kootenays

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