The Slamka family planted their first vineyard on th slopes of Mount Boucherie in 1969 with the intention of selling grapes to large commercial wineries. By 1996, the three Slamka sons had successfully established their own winery. Wines vinted from the hot summer grapes of 1994 made their first commercial releases. A neighbouring parcel of agricultural land was purchased in 1999.
In 2004 it adopted the English translation of the family surname and continued to operate as Little Straw Vineyards.
The Vineyards over Okanagan Lake
The Slamka family farms approximately 15 acres of vines on a land base of 23 acres, with the most planted white variety being Sauvignon Blanc and the main reds being Pinot Noir and Marechal Foch. Other varieties grown include Auxerrois, Riesling, Viognier, Lemberger, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, and several aromatic whites used in the popular white blend Tapestry. Total production currently stands at about four thousand cases per year, with a preponderance of whites over reds
The wine shop is open year round, while the on-site bistro, The Barrel Top Grill, operates from late spring until early October
Some exceptional Sauvignon Blancs and Auxerrois Icewine are produced by winemaker Peter Slamka. The
2012 Tapestry - A medium-dry, refreshing blend of five white varietals: Riesling, Auxerrois, Gewurztraminer, Siegerrebe, and Schonburger is their signature wine you must try.