THE PROCESS - Grapes to Wine

"It all starts in the farm"

The Toor family has been farming since 2002 when they had a fruit orchard operation. They made the transition to viticulture in 2008, selling their grapes to the surrounding wineries. The first vintage they made was 2011.

 

"It all starts on the farm", says proprietor and viticulturist Harpreet Toor, "If the vines are well looked after and healthy, they will make high quality grapes."

 

The winery/vineyard site

The site of the vineyard is very special. The property has a gentle slope from West to East towards Osoyoos Lake. The combination of the slope and the cooler lake temperatures maintains constant air flow throughout the vineyard. This helps protect the vineyard from early spring and late fall frost damage. Being located in Osoyoos means the grapes see a lot of sun. Just like South Okanagan tourists, the grapes enjoy the hot weather.

Grape Varietals

At the winery site grows:

 

  • one acre of Viognier
  • two acres of Syrah
  • four acres of Cabernet Franc
  • three acres of Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Making

The wine making comes easier with high quality grapes, "We let the grapes shape the wine and tell their own story." says proprietor and winemaker, Navpreet Toor. "We do not force the grapes to become the wine we want".

 

"Opening a winery is a many year investment," Harpreet tells, "You must have wine ready to sell before you open your doors. Depending on the wine it may take up to two years before you can sell that bottle to the consumer. That is why our first vintage is 2011 but we are just opening now in 2016."