Harvest 2022 at Kettle Valley Winery
In 2023 we will celebrate our 32nd Vintage.
We had closed out 2021 with some very cold weather in December 2021 with temperatures hitting lows of around -22C. Although this cold weather was not unheard of, we have seen December/January temperatures as low as -26C in past years. We saw significant bud damage in the vineyards with some vineyards showing as much as 50% dead primary buds coming into Spring 2022. We altered our pruning regime to leave more buds to push Spring 2022 and saw reasonable early growth. However, as the growing season developed in 2022, it brought with it many challenges. Starting with a cold and somewhat wet Spring, bud break came late as did bloom. We saw some hot and dry weather throughout the Summer, which helped offset some of the challenges of Spring. We reduced our crop levels in August by heavily thinning the grape clusters prior to veraison. Although we had a smaller than normal harvest, because of the heavy thinning, we did not see the beginning of various varietals ripening until early October. Most of the red varietals did not get picked until late October. Heavy snow falls came in the beginning of November and again we saw cold temperatures throughout both November and December 2022. Quite a challenging year, that somewhat resembled the cooler years in the 1990’s. Hard to believe that all those years have come and gone since we started our fist commercial harvest in 1992.
As we start our 32nd 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
Our tasting room will be closed for the season as of Sunday, October 15, 2023 and will re-open in Spring 2024.
Our Wine Shop is open for purchases and wine order pickups from 9:30am – 5pm Monday to Friday.
If you have any questions please call 250-496-5898 or email email@example.com.
Please call 250-496-5898 to book an appointment.
- There is a $10 tasting appointment fee per person, payable at the time of booking. The fee will be refunded with the purchase of one or more bottles of wine per person. Please note, we have a 24 hour cancellation policy.
- Maximum 30 minute tastings. Please arrive on time for your appointment or call ahead if you are going to be late. Late arrival will reduce your booking time. We will try to accommodate late arrivals but after 15 minutes we may fill your spot with waiting guests and you may be asked to move to a later time slot if one is available.
- Maximum group size of 6 people (please note, children and non-tasters do count as part of the group if they are in the tasting room).
- Please do not visit if you are sick or experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 or if you have travelled outside of Canada within the past 14 days or if you have been in contact with anyone with a confirmed case of Covid-19 within the last 14 days.
To view our Communicable Disease Prevention Plan visit here.
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.
In 2009 we expanded our vineyards with the purchase of a 14 acre vineyard property in the Similkameen Valley that was entering it’s second leaf. We replanted most of the vineyard which allowed us to plant Zinfandel in the rocky soils that comprise the growing medium for the vineyard.
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.