Welcome to Kettle Valley Winery on the Naramata Bench.
Summer at Kettle Valley Winery
The growing temperatures to the end of June were about 20% higher than the highest previous year in the last 20 years. This summer is very reminiscent of 1998, a very hot summer that lead to an earlier harvest in that September. Some very big reds were produced that season that have held up and aged remarkably! So prospects look good.
We have managed to stay ahead in the vineyards as we appear to be about three weeks ahead of a normal year at this time. We are planning on an early harvest, so are getting our 2013 reds into bottle.
Something we have learned over our 24 years of history, that we always keep in mind, is that the weather tends to find a way to normalize, a hotter than normal spring or summer usually leads to a cooler than normal fall or an earlier than normal frost. So although we are excited about the weather to date and the prospects of a great harvest, we try to temper our enthusiasm with the knowledge of the cool August and September months that we have experienced in the past.
And as we head towards our 25th year, as the oldest single-owner winery on the Naramata Bench, we still love making great wine, and sharing it with our friends.
Our families' commitment is as strong as ever to farming full flavoured grapes, and to wine-making that brings out the best of those flavours and subtelties for you, our friends, to enjoy.
Whether you’ve known us for all of our years, or if we are just meeting you for the first time, we welcome you to climb aboard and join us, as we roll forward into our 25th season and raise a glass to fine fruit, family and friends.
- Bob Ferguson, Co-Founder and Wine Maker
- Tim Watts, Co-Founder and Wine Maker
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Our Name and Our Wine
The inspiration for our name is the famed Kettle Valley Railway which ran through Naramata between 1915 and 1961 connecting the Southern Interior of British Columbia to the markets of the Pacific Northwest.
Passion and a dedication to excellence were requirements for building the railway, and we at Kettle Valley feel that same passion and dedication for our Red Wines which are known for their dark, intense, and well structured natures; and our White Wines that are flavourful and aromatic with a rich mouth feel.
Our Location - The Naramata Bench
With abundant sunshine, cooling lake breezes, and an optimal temperature range, the Naramata Bench is one of the premier grape growing regions in Canada. The rolling hills and variable soils of the area create a range of microclimates and terroirs that an experienced grape grower can match to a wide variety of grape crops.
It was because of these many qualities that we decided the Naramata Bench was where we were going to plant our vines, locate our winery, and raise our families. We were one of the early adopters of the Naramata Bench and were issued the third winery license for the area back in 1992.
Working with the terroir of the area we have produced a wide range of Kettle Valley wines including red blends such as “Old Main Red,” and single varietals including Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec. Whites have also done well in the Naramata terroir; our original Chardonnay has been joined by Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc.
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