Nichol Vineyard is among the first three pioneering wineries on the Naramata Bench. The original founderss were Alex and Katheern Nichol. They planted the vineyard in 1989. They retired in 2002.
Nestled below the granite cliffs of the historic Kettle Valley Railway, and offeres a spectatular view of Okanagan Lake.
Ross hackworth who had moved to the \okanagan with his parents when he was ten bought the property. Even though Nichol vineyards was a very small operation. Ross was able to double productto 3,500 cases using grapes from the 10 acre vineyard and other local growers.
The majority of the vineyard work is done by hand with minimal tractor use. Ross's grapes ares pick by hand into 10L baskets to ensure the integrity of every bunch. The yields are very low for Okanagan and international standards.
Wine making is about limiting intervention, not exploiting it. To that end ross neither fine nor filter
His red wines, use almost entirely used French barriques (neutral) and eschew the use of colour fixers, acidification techniques or ‘flavour’ and alcohol enhancers. The wines are technically vegan.
The vineyard has BC's olds Syrah vines. They also planted the first St Laurent grapes in Canada.