Ask Sid: What is the highest altitude vineyard in the Okanagan British Columbia?

September 2nd, 2020
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Question: Which vineyard has the highest altitude in the Okanagan BC?

Answer: Believe the prize should go to Garnet Valley Vineyards of the Okanagan Crush Pad. Their remote site is certified organic sitting mostly around 600 metres (1968 feet) but goes up to 680 metres (2230 feet) at the very top vineyard. Some interesting young pinot noir fruit going into a very dry 2017 Free Form Blanc de Noir (150 cases from low pH 2.98, high acidity 8.8 with 18-20 months on the lees – going to about 400 cases for 2018) and their Haywire brands. Probably is the highest elevation vineyard in Canada. Couple others are close: Culmina on Margaret’s Bench is about 595 metres (check out their Unicus from Gruner Veltliner) and See Ya Later atop Hawthorne Mountain at around 2000 feet with a large planting of some 65 acres of Gewurztraminer.  

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September 2nd, 2020

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