SOAHC’s 2016 vintage Riesling has received its third award, most recently winning a bronze medal at the 2017 National Wine Awards of Canada. This year’s competition was particularly fierce, with the highest number of entrants in the competition’s history. The competition’s panel of 22 judges representing seven provinces, sampled over 1,700 wines ...
Double Gold for SOAHC Estate WinesSticky Post
Fruitvale, B.C. June 15, 2017 – Winners of the 2017 All-Canadian Wine Championships were announced last week and SOAHC Estate Wines is pleased to announce gold medals for both the 2016 vintage Chardonnay and Riesling. The All Canadian Wine Champions included more than 1400 entries for 2017, with entries up almost ...
SOAHC participates in Red TeethSticky Post
RED Teeth, A Mountain Wine Festival All Brands On Deck! From RED Mountain’s infamous outdoor deck, savour BC wine and cider that’s either Organic, Biodynamic, Sustainable, or Localish (w/in 3 hr. drive) Find a new favourite. Take a risk. See what this whole cider thing is all about. See who cleans up ...
National Post discovers SOAHCSticky Post
SOAHC, West Kootenays, BC I am still trying to figure out this name (always spelled upper case), but this is one of the most intriguing new vineyards in the country. It is located on benches above the Columbia River Valley near Creston (in what may become a VQA appellation called West ...
Wildebeest Small Producer Wine TastingSticky Post
SOAHC Estate Wines was one of just nine “artisanal” wineries invited to participate in an intimate wine tasting event at the Wildebeest Restaurant. Attending the event were up to 80 of Canada’s and Vancouver’s top food and wine critics, wine buyers and sommeliers, all hoping to have a chance to get ...
Sustainable Dinner – Rossland BCSticky Post
Canada’s only biodynamic vineyard from inception, SOAHC Estate Wines was asked to participate in an annual dinner hosted by the Sustainable Agriculture Committee of the Lower Columbia Community Development Team Society (LCCDTS). But SOAHC wasn’t invited just to serve its award-winning biodynamic wines, Chair Gina Ironmonger asked if event chef John ...
Fruitvale, B.C. October 15, 2015 – As its name suggests, the Northwest Wine Summit is a competition for wineries from British Columbia, Alberta, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. It is clear to see that SOAHC Estate Wines was up against some pretty tough competitors in their inaugural year of this ...
Fruitvale, BC. August 01, 2015 – In only its second year of production, SOAHC Estate Wines continues to impress judges, reaping a number of accolades for its 2014 vintage. SOAHC’s Riesling remains the superstar of the offerings, recently winning a silver medal at the 2015 Wine Align Canadian Wine Championships. SOAHC’s Chardonnay ...
Fruitvale, BC. August 01, 2015 – Right on the heels of receiving a silver medal at the 2015 Wine Align Canadian Wine Championships, SOAHC Estate Wines’ 2014 vintage Riesling was awarded a bronze medal in the Riesling Off-Dry category at the 2015 Canadian Wine Trail All Canadian Wine Championships. This competition ...
2014 Vintage Released to the PublicSticky Post
We are pleased to announce the third harvest at SOAHC Estate Wines is bottled and ready for release. Favourable growing conditions on the mountainside have resulted in a bountiful 2014 vintage. This vintage has already been recognized by renowned national wine critics. We hope you enjoy it!
SOAHC Estate Wines Riesling 2014 Kootenay River Valley, British Columbia, Canada White flowers, lime pith and cucumber scents open this Fruitvale Riesling, [one of] the first wineries in the Southern Kootenays region and billed as North America's first biodynamic winery from inception. The off-dry palate carries ripe pear, lychee, fragrant white peach, ...
SOAHC Estate Wines Chardonnay 2014 Kootenay River Valley, British Columbia, Canada A marked improvement over the 2013 vintage, this pioneering biodynamic producer from the Southern Kootenays seems to be finding its rhythm (lunar and otherwise). A tight, energetic chardonnay with green apple, lemon and stone aromas. The green apple and lemon pith ...
SOAHC Estate Wines was amongst almost 300 BC wines to be tasted and ranked by a panel of skilled judges at the 2015 Taste BC event. This was only its second vintage, entered against a number of well established and renowned wines including Poplar Grove, Wild Goose and Fairview cellars. Taste BC is ...
Fruitvale, BC. August 14, 2014 – The winners of the 2014 National Wine Awards of Canada were announced last week and BC’s newest winery, SOAHC Estate Wines, received a bronze medal for its biodynamic Riesling. This was the first scheduled year of production for SOAHC Estate Wines, and it was up ...
The first public release of SOAHC wine created quite a stir in the industry. It is quite rare for the first vintage to be so successful, however the SOAHC Riesling and Chardonnay were recognized both locally and nationally. In addition, boutique restaurants were thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce ...
A testament to the incredible natural properties of the land, SOAHC was able to harvest and produce a limited volume of wine one year ahead of schedule. This limited edition production of wine was released only to a select few, including wine consultant Alain Sutre. While Sutre new SOAHC Estate Wines ...
Similar to the first bench, the second bench was required to go through the process of crop rotation. Following this four year process, the soil was ready for the Pinot and Gamay vines. These vines will be mature for harvest and wine production in 2015.
After 5 years of land preparation using the biodynamic principles, the task of planting of the vines began. SOAHC’s vines originate from France and Germany. After clearing customs and their quarantine, the vines were treated to a natural biodynamic process of root trimming and manure soak to stimulate growth. Then ...
Once the debris, stumps and stones were removed from the first bench – much of it by hand - the process of revitalization began. This is where the true meaning of “Patience is a virtue” comes in. The revitalization took another 5 years and this included a calculated planting regime ...
Trail Daily Times Article May 27, 2010
Philippe Armenier is considered to be one of the foremost practitioners of Biodynamic farming in the world. Dissatisfied with the results of decades of chemical farming on his family’s wine estate, which had robbed the soil of its life, Philippe looked for alternatives. Philippe converted his vineyards, Domaine de Marcoux ...
Trail Daily Times Article Fall, 2009
High above the first bench, sits a second bench with the same desirable microclimate conditions. This hidden gem took two years to clear of stumps and rocks as well as to create a planting layout to maximize sun exposure and vine volumes. With the assistance of Alain Sutre and Philippe ...
While the land where SOAHC Estate Wines is situated had the desired conditions, much of the 150 acres was in deep disrepair and despair. Five years was spent removing acres of junk metal, tires and general garbage. Then the focus was on mixed growth trees to be logged ...
Hugh is the founder of the Josephine Porter Institute in Virginia USA. It is the largest supplier of biodynamic preparations in the world. For several years Hugh has been a mentor to Jamie and has been his teacher in learning how to make his own preparations. Jamie has visited the ...
Born in France and raised on the family vineyard Alain is the owner and general manager of Ertus Consulting in 2000. Sutre specializes in vineyard and winery project management, global analysis of agricultural farms and the analysis of the entire wine production process. His team focuses on complex projects and ...
While the owner of the future SOAHC property understood the reasons for years of climate testing on his property, the owner was still not ready to sell when the decision was made as to the location of SOAHC Estate Wines. It took Jamie Fochuk more than 2 years to work ...
To find a piece of land worthy of his vision, Jamie used all his free time and any money he had travelling throughout southern BC. He would bike, kayak, borrow friends’ vehicles and hitchhike, cajoling land owners and government representatives to let him take soil samples and erect weather stations ...