Located in South Central B.C. Canada, SOAHC Estate Wines is situated along the breathtaking mountainous landscape that wraps itself around the meandering Columbia River, neighboring the Washington State border.
The vineyard has been carefully crafted from two natural benches running up the side of the mountain. These benches are situated in a unique microclimate on the third largest watershed in North America. This offers access to clean and abundant natural water sources creating extremely desireable soil conditions.
The first or lower bench boasts 6.5 planted acres of white wine varietals.
The Chardonnay grape is a green-skinned grape that is very neutral, with many of the flavors commonly associated with the grape being derived from such influences as terrior and climatic conditions. It is vinified in many different styles, from the lean, crisply mineral wines of Chablis, France to New World wines with tropical fruit flavours.
French and German Riesling:
Riesling is a white grape variety which originated in the Rhine region of Germany. Riesling is an aromatic grape variety displaying flowery, almost perfumed, aromas as well as high acidity. It is used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet and sparkling white wines. Riesling wines are usually varietally pure and are seldom oaked.
Riesling is a variety which is highly “terroir-expressive”, meaning that the character of Riesling wines is clearly influenced by the wine’s place of origin.
The second or middle bench features 12.5 planted acres perfectly suited for red wine grapes.
Gamay is a purple-colored grape variety, most notably grown in Beaujolais and in the Loire Valley around Tours. Its full name is Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc. It is a very old cultivar, mentioned as long ago as the 15th century. It has been often cultivated because it makes for abundant production; however, it can produce wines of distinction when planted on acidic soils, which help to soften the grape’s naturally high acidity. Gamay-based wines are typically light bodied and fruity.
Pinot noir is a black wine grape variety. The name is derived from the French words for “pine” and “black” alluding to the grape variety’s tightly clustered dark purple pine cone–shaped bunches of fruit. Pinot noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler regions, but the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France. It is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world.
Siegerrebe is a vine that is a cross of Madeleine Angevine and Gewurztraminer and grown primarily in Germany. The vine is suited to colder climates as bud-burst is late and fruit ripening is very early. The vines are fruitful and vigor is low with grape bunches being large, red in colour and loosely packed. The finished wine has an intense aroma reminiscent of Muscat and tends to be used in blending rather than a varietal wine, however the flavour is reminiscent of Gewurztraminer.
High above the second bench sits the picturesque third or upper bench. This bench has not yet been cleared and is currently being reserved for future vineyard endeavours. Once cleared, this bench will offer an additional 6-8 acres of planted vineyard.