Wineries of the Shuswap
The Vineyards of Larch Hill
Baccata Ridge Winery
66-68 McManus Road
Grindrod, BC V0E 1Y0
A new winery located north of Okanagan Lake near Salmon Arm.
On his farm owner
Sheldon Moore found numerous Yew trees, whose botanical name is taxus baccata, this
prompted the winery's name.
Sheldon spent many years travelling in Asia as part of his job.
He returned to Canada in 2001 and, with a winery in mind, bought a
65-hectare (160-acre) farm on a slope overlooking the Shuswap River,
just north of Enderby. he has planted 3.2 hectares (8 acres)
of vineyard, only a fraction of the potential vineyard land available to
him. Believing that northern vineyards should focus on cool-climate
varieties, Moore selected Ortega, Siegerrebe, Gewürztraminer, Gamay,
Zweigelt and Maréchal Foch, along with Vidal for icewine
Organic farming methods are practiced
Winemaker: Sheldon Moore’s
Bx Press Cidery and Farm
4667 East Vernon Road
This Vernon orchard was extablished in 1949 by the grandfather of current owner David Dobernigg. The orchard is located in Vernon's Vernon’s BX district. There are 12 hectares.
The district is named for the former 2,428-hectare (6,000-acre) ranch once operated by the owner of Barnard’s Express & Stage Line. Once the largest stage line in North America, it closed after 50 years in 1920 when trucks and railroads took over. The name lives on in the district and now in a cidery. (1)
David and Melissa realize that Apple production in the Okanagan is now a difficult business and they need to turn to Cider production to ensure a profit. They did the resaerch before constuction their facilities were built. Ttheir initial ciders 10,000 litres were made in 2013.
They recieved training from Washington states Peter Mitchell.
Cidermasters: Davis and Melissa Dobernigg
Philosophy: Our cider is pressed only in the fall when select varieties of apples are ripe. We then ferment it over the winter, releasing it only when it's had a long, slow maturation to mellow and develop it's complex flavours.
2319 Beguelin Road
Celista, BC V0E 1L0
Located on the north shore of Shuswap Lake Jake and Margaret Ootes named their
winery after the community where
they live. They first planted vines in 2002
and now have two hectares (five acres) of grapes on their 65-hectare (160-acre)
farm. They grow Maréchal Foch, Ortega, Madeleine Sylvaner,
Madeleine Angevine, Gewürztraminer and a small quantity
of St. Laurent. Hans Nevrkla award winning winemaker and founder
of Larch Hills Winery was hired as consultant and winemaker
Winemaker: Jessie Steinley
Edge of Earth Vineyards
4758 Gluch Road
Spallumcheen, BC V0E 1B4
Due to the windy country road one has to reach the winery owners
Russ and Marnie Niles renamed the winery Edge of the Earth Vineyard.
It was formally called Hunting Hawk Vineyards. The vineyard is small at 3
acres ( 1.2 hectares) here he grows his favourite grape. Maréchal Foch.
Russ recent made his first icewine a Pinot Noir
Winemaker: Russ Niles
Granite Creek Estate Winery
2302 Skimikin Road
Tappen, BC V0E 2X0
It looks like this winery will not reopen after fire destroyed their winery.
Mayka and Doug Kennedy began wine making at home and their enthusiasm
led them to explore the wine regions of Europe. Mayka's degree in chemistry
and chemical engineering are a strong asset in understanding the technical
side of winemaking. Her skills are complemented by Doug's management experience,
both have a love of wine.
The winery is located on a very unique and strategically
located piece of land in the Shuswap Lake country. The mix of soils aspect,
topography and climate, gives us a microclimate highly suited to grape production.
The farm property, in addition to its grape vineyard potential, has many other
attributes relative to agriculture tourism. It crosses the entire valley at
the head of Tappen Valley and serves as the eastern gateway to Similkameen Valley.
The farm has high agriculture capability ratings and is surrounded on three
sides by forested crown land. It is made up of agricultural lands, forested
lands and supports a seven-kilometer trail network, which ties into the larger
crown land trail network.
A very unique resource available to guests is a 30-acre bowl made up of a series
of springs that we've named Granite Springs. This is the source of water for
Granite Creek now known as Tappen Creek. The Farm and Winery
are named after the original name of Granite Creek which was changed due to historical
events. The bio diversity of this spring area is quite unique and supports a
lot of BC coastal vegetation in this interior location. It is
highly environmentally sensitive on one hand, while offering valuable educational
Winemaker: Doug Kennedy
Hunting Hawk Vineyard
3171 Lion Road
Salmon Arms, BC V1E 3J3
Gregg Tippe and Irene Johnston purchased Hunting Hawk at O"Keefe Ranch
but were unable to obtain space on the Ranch and moved the winery vineyard
and all to Salmon Arm in 2008.
Larch Hills Winery
110 Timms Road
Salmon Arm, BC V1E 2P8
Larch Hills Winery is a land-based, family run vineyard and winery,
originally owned by Hans and Hazel Nevrkla. They sold the winery in 2005 to
Jack and Hazel Manse.
All wines are proudly made from 100% British Columbia grapes,
either from the main vineyard just south of Salmon Arm (also the location of
the winery and home), or from contracted vineyards farther south in the Okanagan
Valley. All our wines are made and bottled on the premises at Salmon Arm. They
specialize in cool climate grape growing, and have varieties that are generally
not available in other parts of BC. Canada's most Northern Winery, featuring
the warmth and friendliness of a real small winery with quality wines. Vintner,
Wine Grower Hans Nevrkla. This farm winery opened April 1, 1997 with
their signature wine Ortega and a recent release Grandview Bench
Larch Hills sits on top of the hill over looking the entire valley.
It's an amazing picture post card view.
Winemaker: Jack Manse
Philosophy: "We specialize in cool climate
grape growing, and have varieties that are generally not available in other
parts of BC. We think this makes our wines unique."
1577 Yankee Flats Road
Salmon Arm, BC
In 1992 John and Catherine Koopmans purchased a small dairy farm on a 31
acre property in Silver Creek. They worked as dairy farmers and also raised
sheep. In 2006 they decided to sell the cows and in 2007 a 4 acre
vineyard was planted with four varieties of grapes; Pinot Gris, Pinot
Meunier, Gewürztraminer and the old cold hardy standby Marachél Foch. The
name of the winery arrives from sheep--ovine in latin, ovino in italian and spanish and
of course vino is latin for wine.
The winery is located on a Bench overlooking the valley between
Salmon Arm and Vernon, this glacier carved landscape offers mostly sandy
loam soils, marbled with infrequent layers of clay. The vines are located on a sun drenched
knoll to maximize photosynthesis and air flow, supported by a drip irrigation system.
Ovino is a true family project, with John and Catherine's
daughter Jessica and her husband Don Gawley helping out with many of the day to day operations
with other family members helping at harvest time. Estate grown grapes are supplemented with some
purchased grapes, mostly the same varieties, from nearby vineyards.
An arrangement that is likely to continue in the future.
Winemaker: John Koopmans
Consulting winemaker: Hans Nevrkla
on producing the best grapes the season allows for and guide that into lovely wines of
the style that people will enjoy.
Signature wine is estate Foch-Pinot Meunier blend
Recline Ridge Vineyard and Winery Ltd.
2640 Skimikin Road
Recline Ridge Vineyards extends over 7.5 acres and hosts nine different varieties of grapes.
Their unique post and beam log building is 3,300 total square feet on three levels and will house
both the winemaking facility and a wine shop and tasting area. The winery overlooks the vineyard
framed by Tappen Mountain and the Tappen and Similkameen Valleys.
The winery was purchased in 2010 by
Graydon and Maureen Ratzlaff
The winery's direction is to promote the wines of the Shuswap as unique and as an alternative to “mainstream” wines, exhibiting their very fruit-forward characteristics, and to grow the business and the winery's volume as a result. They offer a full-line of wines, including whites, reds, rose, and dessert products. The wines are award-winners at a variety of competitions in Canada and the U.S.
They have a production of 2000 cases Their signature wines: Siegerrebe (white) and Marechal Foch (red) Recline Ridge
produce a fortified, port-style red (Ridgeport), and a late-harvest style dessert white (Hummingbird's Kiss).
Winemaker: Jesse Steinley
to focus on making wines from locally-grown grapes here in the Shuswap, make them very well, and also to introduce these cool-climate varietals to as many people as possible, to demonstrate their unique properties
Sunnybrae Vineyards & Winery,
3849 Sunnybrae Canoe Point Rd
One of BC's newest wineries in the Shuswap Sunnybrae Vineyards and Winery owned by Barry and Nancy Turner. They run a true family winery receiving help from their daughters and grandchildren.
The winery has a beautiful location. From the tasting room's balcony you see
. From the front door you se the vineyards and
Mark Wendenburg, the former long-time Sumac Ridge winemaker, consulted on finishing the vintage. Sunnybrae made 1,200 cases in its first vintage, opening its tasting room in May, 2011. Mark Wendenburg, the former long-time Sumac Ridge winemaker, consulted on finishing the vintage
Kerner, Ortega, Siegerrebe, Schönburger and Marechal Foch grapes
The Cellar at the Rise
364 Cordon Lane,
Vernon, BC V1H 1Z9
The winery is not open and is for sale
Located at the top (north) of the Lake Okanagan The Cellar at the rise is still
under construction. The micro climate of the lake and the high high-elevation
vineyard at the Rise,almost 400 metres (1,300 feet) above the lake will produce
high quality grapes. The steep south faces slopes of the vineyards will allow
for plenty of good sunshine
Planting began in 2005 with 2.4 hectares (six acres)of Pinot Noir and Riesling vines in 2008 they added
another five hectares
(12½ acres) with more Pinot Noir and Riesling as well as almost
two hectares (five acres) of Gewürztraminer. Additional plantings will include Pinot Gris, Kerner,
and Muscat. Vineyard manager is Jason Ranelli
The project developer is Leona Snider. Her firm, Okanagan Hills Development Corporation,
Where to Stay and Dine in Shuswap
~ Osoyoos Lake Bench ~ The Golden Mile ~ Similkameen Valley ~ Okanagan Falls ~ Skaha Lake
~ Naramata Bench Summerland and Peachland ~ Mount Boucherie ~ Kelowna and Lake Country
~ Northern ~ Kootenays ~ Thompson River Valley ~ Black Sage
Robert A Bell