Naramata Bench Wines

What is the Naramata Bench terroir?

What is the Naramata Bench terroir?

What is the Naramata Bench terroir?

Is it fine-textured layers of granite soil, ground by glaciers and settled into icy lakes, thousands of years ago? Maybe, you taste the deep waters of Okanagan Lake, fed by crisp British Columbian mountain streams, or maybe it’s the dry desert air, sweeping down in a rain shadow off the Coastal Mountains.

Is the temperature in the glass? Vineyards swing dramatically from -20°C to +40°C each year. The growing season shares brilliant days and cool nights. 250-300 hours of endless sunshine sparkle each summer month.

Or perhaps, the wine reflects the people of this place – those that choose to live down a slow, winding road, or in the charming Naramata village at the end of it. They farm with bees, flowers, sheep, chickens – growing grapes so their children can play in the vines. Winemakers perfect their craft in collaboration with each other: Artisans share bottles, meals, patience and time with one another.

Can you taste the terroir?

Savour the Naramata Bench

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Terroir

We know there isn’t just one influence in the glass – it’s a complex interplay, the combination of who we are, how we farm, the soil under us and the climate surrounding us. As fellow wine geeks, we’ve prepared a downloadable package of tools for you to explore the terroir of the Naramata Bench, in depth, from a physical and cultural perspective. Enjoy the deep dive.

Alternatively, dip into the topics that most interest you below.

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Climate

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With an extreme continental climate, we have long bright summer days and moderation from Okanagan Lake. 

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Soils

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Naramata Bench soils were formed by ancient glaciers, grinding and depositing sediment along the Okanagan Valley.

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Culture

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Strong stewardship of the land, commitment to craft, and a collaborative culture reflect the glass.