Carved from stone, fuelled by sun, a vineyard like no other
Vanessa Vineyard is located in one of the finest wine regions in Canada and is dedicated to producing wine that is true to the heritage of its terroir. Situated on the hillside overlooking the Similkameen Valley, Vanessa Vineyard grows its grapes on 75 acres of sloping, well drained rocky terrain. The vines grow in rows of rock, stressing the plants while absorbing the day heat and imparting that warmth during the cooler nights, contributing to the grapes’ unique character.
The Similkameen Valley is located in British Columbia’s Thompson-Okanagan region, just north of the United States border. The valley is carved from the rugged, steep Cascade Mountains by the Similkameen River, which meanders through the heart of this almost 200 kilometer-long valley.
The vines grow in rows of rock, stressing the plants, absorbing the day heat and imparting that warmth during the cooler nights. This gives the grapes their unique and complex character. The west-to-southwest exposure on which the rocky vineyard sits is benefitted by the afternoon sun, which contributes to lengthening the growing season and producing low yields of intensely ripe fruit, all while capturing the minerailty of the soil on which it grows.
The soil at Vanessa Vineyard is classified in the Okanagan as A1 Land…