Harvest 2016 at Kettle Valley Winery
This harvest brought about our 25th vintage. Like many of the Summers before, this Summer brought about unique challenges and opportunities in the vineyards and in the winery. Spring came very early with above average temperatures from March to mid-June. Then came cooler temperatures for late June and all of July, before the weather returned to normal for August and September.
Harvest commenced on September 8th, our earliest start by a couple of days. The whites all came in early as did the Pinot Noir. Not needing the real heat of Summer all these varieties ripened early. However the Cabs, Merlot, Zin and other reds that would have benefitted from the normal heat of July, have been delayed. We anticipate finishing harvest by the end of October or within the first few days of November. Certainly the most prolonged harvest we have ever experienced, covering almost two months!
As we have said in the past, the weather tends to find a way to normalize, a hotter or earlier start usually leads to cooler weather later in the season. This year was no exception to that “rule”. Frost hit some areas of the Okanagan in early October, but our vineyards were not hit as they all have good air drainage, due primarily to the lake effect coming from Okanagan Lake and to the almost constant winds hitting our Great Northern Vineyard in the Similkameen Valley.
As we finish off our 25th year, as the oldest single-owner winery on the Naramata Bench, we still remain dedicated to making and sharing great wines from BC grapes. Our family’s commitment is as strong as ever to farming full flavoured grapes and to winemaking that brings out the best of those flavours and subtleties.
Whether you’ve known us for all these years or are just coming on-board, thanks for your support and raise a glass to fine fruit, family and friends.
– Bob Ferguson, Co-Founder and Wine Maker
– Tim Watts, Co-Founder and Wine Maker
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.
Visit our home based tasting room on your wine tour of the Naramata Bench. We look forward to seeing you.
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.