Our Vineyards

THE HOME & CASTLE VINEYARDS

Mick and Pam were initially enticed by Road 13’s scenic setting. Through research and an association with viticulture consultant, Richard Cleave, it quickly became clear that the area known as the “Golden Mile” is a unique terroir. The two vineyards that surround the winery, Home Vineyard and Castle Vineyard, are situated on east-facing sloped benches up against mountains. The two locations have slightly different soil conditions and are healthy farms that feature hard ground with high mineral content, high moisture and nutrient-holding capacity, and an open southeast exposure that provides all-day, extended sunlight. The slopes provide excellent cold air drainage, protecting the vines from winter frost damage.

HOME VINEYARD DETAILS

Location: Elevated bench up against the mountain on the west side of the valley in the area’s “Golden Mile.” There is all-day and late-day sun exposure.

Vines: First planted in 1968 to Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay, then in 1980 with Riesling and Chardonnay. Today this vineyard still holds Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling, but Merlot and Syrah have also been added. 

Soil: A small smattering of humus on top, hiding hard ground and rock – lots more rock. The nutrient-holding capacity is high.

CASTLE VINEYARDS DETAILS

Location: Elevated bench up against the mountain on the west side of the valley in the area’s “Golden Mile.” All-day and late-day sun exposure. Adjacent to the Home Vineyard.

Vines: First planted in 1986 to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot. Syrah was added in 2005.
 
Soil: It’s not! It is the usual stuff vines really love: hard and rocky with fine clay interspersed. This clay results in a high moisture-holding capacity, giving the vines a natural and constant reservoir of nourishing moisture and nutrients.
 

ROAD 9 VINEYARD

Located across the valley from the winery on the Black Sage Bench (an area that gets the Okanagan Valley’s longest sun exposure), this /4.65 ha site was purchased and planted in 2007. Named Road 9 Vineyard, the goal for this vineyard is to produce two magical blends: one red, one white.

The Road 9 Vineyard is composed of rock, topped with of humus. The rock/gravel, while an excellent source of minerals, does not have the holding capacity of Road 13 Vineyards’ eastside soils, and will take more monitoring, nurturing and careful replenishment.

ROAD 9 VINEYARD DETAILS

Location: On the east side of the valley on Black Sage Road with the valley’s longest sun exposure.

Vines: Originally an orchard, plantings are dedicated to Mediterranean varieties such as Syrah (with three clones), Viognier, Grenache, Mourvèdre and a smaller lot of Roussanne. Mick also planted 400 vines of the Spanish grape variety, Tempranillo, to see how they would fare. The Tempranillo and Grenache both proved to be too delicate for the BC winters on this site, and were replaced with Cabernet Franc. 

Soil: It’s rock, under a layer of rough humus.

PETER'S VINEYARD

Located just across the road from the Castle Vineyard, this block of grapes has always added appeal to the view from the picnic area, and now adds aromatic varieties to the Honest John's blends. Peter's Vineyard was purchased from Peter and Helga Serwo late in 2009. Like the Castle and Home Vineyards this vineyard features an open southeast exposure that provides all-day extended sunlight.

PETER'S VINEYARD DETAILS

Location: Elevated bench on the west side of the valley in the area's "Golden Mile." Adjacent to the Castle and Home Vineyards. 
                                                         
Vines: Planted in 1982 with of Riesling, of Kerner, and of Bacchus. The Bacchus and some of the Riesling were recently replaced with Chardonnay, Gamay, Syrah, Viognier, and Orange Muscat.                                                                 
Soil: Gravel and sand. Despite the proximity to both the Castle and Home Vineyards soil types are competely different.

ROAD 7 VINEYARD

Road 7 Vineyard is located between roads 7 and 8 and should, admittedly, be called Road 7.5 Vineyard as it can be accessed from either side. The varied elevation site is on the west side of the valley within the area's "Golden Mile."  South-west exposure provides full-day sun allowing the grapes plenty of time to develop full flavour.

The addition of Road 7 Vineyard to the Road 13 holdings is a testament to Mick and Pam's confidence in the Golden Mile area and the fruit that is produced there.

ROAD 7 VINEYARD DETAILS

Location: Located on the west side of the Okanagan Valley, south of Oliver, in the area's "Golden Mile." Incorporates two distinct vineyard sites, one on the Golden Mile Bench and the other on land that slopes toward the valley bottom.      
                                
Vines: Planted in 1999 this vineyard includes approximately of Merlot, each of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, and of Gewurztraminer. A little more than half an acre of Syrah was added in the spring of 2014.                                                                                    
Soil: Gravel and sand.

Today Road 13 Vineyards owns and farms a total of about and also relies on long-term contracts with some of the South Okanagan's top grape growers. The winery takes great pride in its positive reputation amongst grape growers as an excellent winery partner. The respect of the growers is reflected in the quality of the fruit that they deliver to Road 13 Vineyards.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Road 13 Vineyards benefits greatly from its Southern Okanagan Valley microclimate, which is arid, offering a significant reduction in grapevine diseases. Consistent warm summer weather is moderated by nearby lakes; and the bench lands, which rise 50 to 100 metres above the valley floor, permit cold air to drain off the bench vineyards, extending the safe growing season. Generally speaking, the soils are well-drained with appropriate mineralization.