UPPER & LOWER BOUCHERIE BENCH
Lower Boucherie Bench
Approximately 1,450 degree days
Located on the south-facing slope above Lake Okanagan and below the extinct volcano of Mount Boucherie, this site is home to our most prestigious vineyards. The close proximity to the lake results in slightly cooler temperatures than our other vineyards. This unique cool climate region provides good heat and ripening potential while retaining bright acidity in the fruit.
These vineyards are planted in soils rich in volcanic rock, clay, gravel and glacial till. This combination of minerals gives the wines depth, strength and character. Because the composition of the soil is much finer than that of our other vineyards, the vines don’t have to work as hard to get the water and minerals they need. The soil composition also allows for exceptional draining while east to west plantings allow for ideal sun exposure.
Plantings here include Chasselas, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah.
Upper Boucherie Bench
Approximately 1,500 degree days
Across Boucherie Road, you’ll find Upper Boucherie Bench which sees slightly warmer temperatures than the Lower Bench.
The soils here are loaded with mineral deposits, glacial till, volcanic rock and large boulders. This soil complexity forces the roots of the vines to “dig” deep to get nutrients. This creates great complexity and depth in the fruit. The slope of the vineyards here provides excellent drainage with east to west plantings while also allowing for ideal sun exposure.
Plantings here include Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer and Maréchal Foch.
Approximately 1,400 degree days
Located above the shores of Lake Okanagan, this vineyard is only about 500 metres from Quails’ Gate Winery and is home to one of our newest Pinot Noir clones (828).
Because of its close proximity to the Lake, it provides breathtaking views and is known for being one of the most beautiful vineyards in the valley.
The soils here are very different than those found in the estate vineyards in that they are both fine and rich in diluted mineral deposits, with a mixture of silt, sand and clay.
Planted varietals include Chasselas, Chenin Blanc, Ehrenfelser, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and Riesling.
Martyna & Kildare
Approximately 1,200 degree days
Located on the east side of Lake Okanagan in South East Kelowna and at a slightly higher elevation, these two vineyards are less than 750m apart and only 8 kilometres across the water from Quails’ Gate.
The soils are comprised of clay and limestone, which gives the wines a soft mineral character adding depth and complexity. The temperatures are slightly cooler which allow for greater concentration of aromas that produce fresher, crisper wines.
Planted varieties include: Gewürztraminer and Riesling.
Approximately 1,500 degree days
Osoyoos is our most southern vineyard and is considered to be a desert climate, with only 300 mm of precipitation annually and average temperatures 3° to 5°C higher than Kelowna.
Deep, rich sandy soils dominate the vineyards, where the oldest vines are nearly 40 years old. The soil composition combined with hotter temperatures makes Osoyoos perfect for late ripening red varietals. A longer, hotter growing season allows the grapes to reach their peak ripeness and thrive whereas diurnal temperature fluctuation of cool nights helps to retain acidity. The result is a fruit that’s rich in intensity.
Planted varieties include Chenin Blanc, Maréchal Foch and Syrah.