Okanagan Valley Wineries - naramata
Genius or madness? Given the trajectory of their post university careers, Miranda + Del Halladay would argue their pursuit of original thinking requires a strong dose of both. Launching Elephant Island Orchard Wines cracked the seal on unconventional winemaking style in BC. Fans and critics alike have their opinion on which camp Elephant Island should be categorized. Eleven vintages later enter stage left: Elephant Island Too - a new brand launched by Del + Miranda. Crafted exclusively from grapes they planted on their home property in 2006 and an old Naramata Bench vineyard acquired in 2013, Elephant Island Too morphed from a desire after 10 years in the BC wine industry to keep inspired and challenged . . . and maybe just a bit from the competitive nature of the two to silence the audience that says they don’t make ‘real’ wine.
Co-owners, Tim Watts and Bob Ferguson, first purchased land in Naramata in 1986 and commenced planting Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes in the Spring of 1987. Our first commercial harvest came from those grapes in 1992. Now entering our 24th vintage we have maintained a “hands on” approach to all the aspects of our family farm winery operations. While several of our vineyards are scattered about Naramata, we also farm a 14 acre block in Cawston, planted to Zinfandel, Syrah and Viognier under the name Great Northern Vineyards. We invite you to come by our tasting room and enjoy the wines made on the Naramata Bench for yourself.
One of the hidden gems on the Naramata Bench, Lake Breeze Vineyards has been producing award winning wines since 1995 with a focus on minimum intervention and maximum natural expression of the grape, vintage and origin. Visit us for a tasting or lunch on our Patio Restaurant with exceptional local inspired cuisine and stunning views.
Lang Vineyards is a premier, boutique winery located on the famed Naramata Bench in the Okanagan Valley. A distinguished pedigree of a quarter century of producing top wines in almost every category from perfect varietals to expertly balanced blends, has earned the winery a leading reputation in the industry. Lang Vineyards is also BC's first Farm Gate winery, opened back in 1990. The Lang Vineyards team is dedicated to showcasing finely crafted wines across a broad range of palates from dry to sweet and light to full bodied, encompassing white, red, rosé and dessert wines. Browse our site, find information on estate grapes, award-winning wines and delicious recipes, and place your order at your convenience online. We will ship right to your door so that you can enjoy our wines wherever you may be. Or, like thousands of visitors every year, simply visit us here in the Okanagan, and try the wines for yourself. You will be inspired by the flavours, the blends and the richness of our wines and it will keep you coming back.
Marichel Vineyard is a small winery producing limited quantities of fine wine. All our wines are made from grapes grown exclusively on the Naramata Bench. The Naramata Bench in BC’s Okanagan Valley is a unique grape-growing area, unlike any other on wine region on earth. Rich, ripe, full-bodied red and white wines grown at 50 degrees latitude? It happens nowhere else on the planet. The Okanagan Valley contains Canada’s only desert, with hot summers and long, long daylight hours. And, as if Nature intended to make a good thing even better, Okanagan Lake provides a vast thermal sink to moderate the excessively hot and cold temperatures common to arid regions. It’s a “Goldilocks” appellation: not too hot, and not too cold. From both a geographic and winemaking perspective, the heart of the Okanagan Valley is the Naramata Bench. Ideally situated to capture the maximum amount of sunlight, and nurtured by the moderating influence of Okanagan Lake, “The Bench” epitomizes the often claimed - but rarely realized - perfect terroir. The Bench areas closest to the lake, where Marichel Vineyard is located, are comprised of glacial soils laid down over millennia. Our vineyard is planted in sandy and silty loams of low natural vigour. This moderates vegetative growth in the vines while encouraging the vines to bring the fruit to the peak of flavour and aroma.
Serendipity Winery is a small, family-run winery nestled in the pristine hills of Naramata. We specialize in quality, hand-crafted old fasioned style wines with an emphasis on being true to the varietal expression. Our tasting room has a relaxed, laid back feel â€“ we try to let every visitor have a unique experience.
Therapy Vineyards lies deep in the heart of the beautiful Naramata Bench. Crafting unique, award winning wines since 2005, Therapy Vineyards is devoted to producing wines that truly represent the best of the Okanagan Valley. They say everyone needs a little therapy once in a while. We couldnt agree more. Therapy Vineyards has aworld class guesthouse which can accomodate up to 22 guests. Pet and family friendly.
Van Westen Vineyards has evolved from over 60 years of family tradition, cultivating the soils of The Naramata Bench. With our expertise and emphasis on sustainable, cool climate viticultural practices, we continue to grow quality vinifera grapes and make premium wines for you to enjoy.