Vineyards

The Road 13 Vineyards benefit greatly from the Southern Okanagan Valley microclimate, which is arid, offering a significant reduction in grapevine diseases. Consistently warm summer weather is moderated by nearby lakes and the benchlands, which rise 50 to 100 meters above the valley floor, permit cold air to drain off the bench vineyards, extending the safe growing season. Here is a closer look at our grape farms. 

HOME VINEYARDS
The Home is located on the Golden Mile Bench. This unique terroir, in the heart of the South Okanagan, is situated on east-facing sloped benches up against mountains. This is a healthy farm with hard ground with high mineral content and good nutrient-holding capacity. The open southeast exposure provides all-day, extended sunlight and the slopes provide excellent cold air drainage, protecting the vines from winter frost damage.

Vines: First planted in 1968 to Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. Today this vineyard is home to the oldest Chenin Blanc vines in Canada as well as some Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot and Syrah. 

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

CASTLE VINEYARDS DETAILS
The Castle vineyard is located on the Golden Mile Bench. This unique terroir, in the heart of the South Okanagan, is situated on east-facing sloped benches up against mountains giving the vines all-day and late-day sun exposure. This is a healthy farm with hard ground with high mineral content and good nutrient-holding capacity. The open southeast exposure provides all-day, extended sunlight and the slopes provide excellent cold air drainage, protecting the vines from winter frost damage.

Vines: First planted in 1986 to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot. Syrah was added in 2005.

Dirt: This is the stuff vines really love: hard and rocky soil, interspersed with clay.  The clay results in a high moisture-holding capacity, giving the vines a natural and constant reservoir of nourishing moisture and nutrients.

PETER'S VINEYARD
Located just across the road from Castle Vineyard sits on an elevated bench on the west side of the valley and is home to many of our aromatic varietals. Like the Castle and Home Vineyards, Peter’s Vineyard features an open southeast exposure that provides all-day extended sunlight.

Vines: First planted in 1982 with Riesling, Kerner, and Bacchus. This vineyard is now home to Chardonnay, Gamay, Syrah, Viognier, and Orange Muscat.                                                                 

Dirt: Gravel and sand are the foundation of this vineyard. Despite the proximity to both the Castle and Home Vineyards, the soil types here are completely 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 with a south-west exposure that provides full-day sun allowing the grapes plenty of time to develop. 

Vines: Planted in 1999, this vineyard includes Merlot, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Gewurztraminer. A little more than half an acre of Syrah was added in the spring of 2014.                                                                                    

Soil: Gravel and sand are the foundation of this vineyard. Generally speaking, the soils are well-drained with appropriate mineralization. You can read more about what makes our dirt special here.