Preliminary Plans for Coldstream Vineyard & Winery

Work is underway for a new Vineyard in the lovely Coldstream Valley just East of Vernon. The property has a long history of agricultural use and dated back over 100 years.  As one of the only small holdings with perfect southern exposure on the slopes of the valley the farm has a unique microclimate ideal for growing grapes. After a long process of searching for viable best use crops for the land only two choices were ideal with grapes winning the day for a list of reasons.

The 23 acre farm is situated on a southern exposed bench in the Coldstream Valley. The farm has historically been used for vegetable production, hay, sheep and cattle production. There is a gentle topography to the land as it sits between a knoll to the west and a rock outcropping to the east. It does not have uniformity in its soil structure. As you move from one acre to the next you encounter brown soils, sand, rocky soils and a mix with the subsoil being primarily gravel. Soil class varies from 2 to 6 on the property with their origin as grasslands.  Not ideal for monoculture but perfect for the skilled viticulturalist looking for opportunities to express the region through wine.

The southern exposure on the hillside has many benefits that are very unique in this area. There is practically no other location with this size of bare land that is available with these conditions. This may sound like a boast but it is also the truth.

If you travel 5 minutes west you will find several orchards and subdivisions as the hill rolls northward and changes exposure to face west. As you travel east you quickly hit a change in elevation and as the valley broadens and flattens out. Here you find a sedimentary structure left behind from the lake bottom. Not ideal for grapes.

The slope is also a critical aspect to the best use consideration. Having actively farmed the property for decades the appreciation for the microclimate needs explanation.  Above the farm is a large area of approximately 500 acres that is natural grassland high on the slopes of the valley. This expanse faces due south and receives tremendous heat during the growing season. As the morning temperatures rise and the evening temperatures cool there is a natural ebb and flow of air as it moves from the valley bottom up the slopes towards the forest above and back down again. This natural influx is an absolute blessing as there are no stagnant air pockets on the property. This lack of stagnant air contributes to the overall health of the vines as Mother Nature provides a physical barrier to the growth of fungus and helps eliminate bud damage in winter months due to frost pockets. The vineyard when planted will also benefit from additional sunlight due to the slope.

Current research into the proper varietals is underway with some of the valley best viticulturalists accessing the terroir. Being this far north we anticipate plantings of chardonnay, pinot gris, gewurztraminer, ehrenfelser, riesling and of course pinot noir.