The Naramata Bench is perhaps the most tourist friendly region in British Columbia. The 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
which provides for a long season. As of May 14th 2019 its an official Sub GI.
The Bench has over 50 wineries on the east side Lake Okanagan You enter the region through the town of Penticton. Chain Reaction winery sits on Naramata Road offering a beautiful view of Okanagan Lake. The dream of Linda and Joel Chamaschuk began in 2018 when they converted an apple orchard into vineyard. They grow Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc.
Both Joel and Linda love cycling and compete in triathlons thus the name. n 2017, after having worked several decades in the technology sector in Vancouver, they realized we really wanted something new and different from our lives. One too many long commutes in the rain was the tipping point. They fell in love with their Naramata Bench property from the moment they set eyes on it. It is a block from the Kettle Valley Rail trail, and right on Naramata Road – two of their favorite cycling and running routes. It was an orchard with amazing views of Okanagan Lake, and with its topography they knew it would be a prime vineyard site and ideal location for a winery.
Then name of course comes from their passion for cycling and triathlon. Also A chain reaction occurs while transforming grapes into great wine!
The dream of Linda and Joel Chamaschuk began in 2018 when they converted an apple orchard into vineyard. They grow Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc. The winemaker is Dwight Sick.
The winery won a Lieutenant Governors Platinum Award for their 2019 vintage Pinot Gris. And the awards haven’t stopped there, including a Wine Align GOLD for the Pinot Noir!
Joel was raised in New Westminister. He has a degree in Science from Simon Fraser University. Linda also had a busy career in the technology field. It all began in 1992 when they started camping in the Okanagan.
“To me, wine is perhaps the greatest gift that we have unlocked from nature. It is there with food, music and art as something that we have created from the most basic ingredients, that has the ability to touch the soul and bring out a range of emotions from even a single sip just as great art does from that first glance. Few things are as perfect as sharing fine wine with great friends with terrific food. Conversation is amplified, engaging and never more meaningful”.
Linda was raised in Powell River, BC spending most of her career in Vancouver after obtaining her Diploma in Computer Systems from BCIT.
“There’s nothing that I enjoy more than pouring a glass of wine after a hard day’s work, and sitting on our patio chairs enjoying our amazing view and watching the sunset. Even better if we get to share it with friends!”
Joel and Linda love cycling thus the name of the winery. Linda also enjoys caring for cats.
The Naramata Bench Winterfest was initiated by Linda and Joel. Check their website for event information and seasonal hours.
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