27 Oct Lang Vineyards
Lang Vineyards opened its doors in 1990 and has grown from its humble beginning into one of the Okanagan’s most popular wineries.
Guenther Lang and his wife, Kristina, purchased the vineyard when they immigrated to Canada in 1980. Guenther selected the property—high up on the bench—for its excellent soil conditions and micro-climate. Additional properties along the bench have added to the overall acreage avail-able to the winery. During the 80’s, most of the hybrid varieties were pulled out and replaced with vinifera varietals; whites such as Pinot Auxerrois, Gewurztraminer, Riesling and most recently Viognier. Red varieties included Pinot Noir, Merlot and Pinot Meunier.
The location is cool enough to grow Gewurztraminer that retains refreshing acidity. The vineyard also benefits from good air drainage, which allows the vineyard to remain frost free well into autumn. This enables the Riesling to ripen for excellent late harvest wines. The winery has also enjoyed great success with ice-wines and a unique dessert wine called “The Original Canadian Maple Wine”. The only hybrid varietal remaining is the Marechal Foch, which remains one of Lang’s most popular wines.
In late 1989, the ‘Farm-gate Winery’ license was created. This opened the door to many of the small growers to start their own operations. Lang Vineyards was the first to receive such a license and opened up in the spring of 1990. The small but superbly equipped winery has grown well beyond the farm winery concept since then.