Welcome to Kettle Valley Winery on the Naramata Bench.
Winter Update at Kettle Valley,
The last of our reds were pressed off in mid-November, which brought a close to our 23rd harvest. The weather this past summer to the end of September was statistically on average compared to the last ten year averages. What was exciting to us was the spectacular weather in October compared to 2013. Temperatures in October 2014 provided additional ripeness as day time highs oftern hit the mid-teens Celsius. The very dry weather also substantially reduced the risk of mildew and rot in the grapes. The overall grape quality was above average to excellent.
When we celebrated our 20th Anniversary in 2011 people asked us what we were going to do next.
The answer is simple. Since we still love making great wine, and sharing it with our friends, that is exactly what we are going to continue doing.
What hasn’t changed over the past two decades is our families’ commitment to farming full flavoured grapes, and to wine-making that brings out the best of those flavours and subtleties for you, our friends, to enjoy.
Last year we added our Great Northern Vineyards wines to our offerings, with grapes from our Cawston vineyard in the Similkameen Valley, and were pleased with the response to the fruition of this project.We are pleased to announce the recent release of our second vintage of Great Northern Vineyard wines including a 2011 Syrah, 2012 Zinfandel and 2013 Viognier .
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 third decade 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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