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Little Engine Wines

851 Naramata Rd, Penticton,


Little Engine Wines is a winery dedicated to the pursuit of perfection. 

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. Owners Steven and Nicole French made their dream come true when they opened Little Engines Wines.

Steve French ~ Nicole French

Steven and Nicole first met at the University of Western Ontario and upon graduation moved to Calgary where they spent twenty years, establishing successful careers, Nicole as a teacher and Steven in the oil and gas industry. They had a dream and they made that dream come true when they purchased their first vineyard in 2011. Following their family motto Dreams don’t come true, dreams are made true and so began the journey. Today they have one of the most beautiful wineries on the bench and a reputation for good wines.

Matt Rademakers the wineries Viticulturist looks after the vineyards. His viticulture career began in 2003 in Wanaka, New Zealand. Arriving in Canada the following year he worked throughout the Okanagan and Vancouver Island before calling the bench his home.

While completing the Viticulture program at the Okanagan College he quickly worked his way up to Vineyard Manager managing vineyards in excess of 135 acres


Scott Robinson is the winemaker. He began his career with a Masters in Oenology with Distinction from the University of Adelaide leading to multiple vintages in New Zealand, Australia and the Okanagan.

A continuous researcher and teacher, 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.


Kari is a key member of the team at Little Engine Wines. She communicates with the wine club members. When Kari isn’t marketing wine, arranging weddings, fulfilling orders or sharing stories with customers; you might find her relaxing as she walks her dog Rhône along the KVR trail.

Little Engine's  philosophy begins in the vineyard with precise pruning, canopy management, and cluster thinning. We produce very low crop tonnage producing fruit with intense concentration. Hand selected fruit combined with minimally-invasive winemaking techniques allow for our wine’s 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.

Little Engine Winery


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