I drove past a sign for a new winery the other day. New wineries always catch my eye and this one will be catching lots of people’s eyes, especially if they are driving from Vancouver on Route 3A towards Penticton. Accordin to their website, they have been growing grapes for 17 years and have stopped selling their grapes in order to make wine for themselves beginning with the 2012 vintage. So far there are only 3 whites (Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewurztaminer) and a rosé available but the website promies reds will be available when they are ready.
It’s amazing that Kaleden had only 2 wineries previously, and that is really only a recent thing. Kraze Legz was the first to open and Top Shelf came later. There are lots of little vineyards scattered throughout this sloping community between Penticton and Okanagan Falls and I’d be surprised if we didn’t see a few more boutique operations opening up in the coming years.
There is a whole new crop of wineries coming online at this time of year. Spring is when many of them can get their first wines to market, usually whites unless they have been holding reds from previous vintages. This time of year is always exciting that way and I look forward to more discoveries as the BC wine horizon expands yet again.
Have you seen any new wineries that you hadn’t noticed before? Share them here in the comments below.
Happy wine touring!