Tasting Room Hours: Mar-Oct, 11am-5pm | Off-season: by appointments.
The People That Make It Happen
Viticulturist and Winemaker: Severine Pinte
Vineyard Manager: Jody Subotin
General Manager: Rasoul Salehi
Established in 2006, LaStella Winery is situated by Osoyoos Lake in Canada’s only pocket desert in the South Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. LaStella was created to capture the vision of la dolce vita: the harmony of fine wine, food and music with each of its wines named for a musical theme: Leggiero, Vivace, Allegretto, Fortissimo, Maestoso…
Along with sister winery, Le Vieux Pin, they have upwards of 50 acres of prime vineyards in Oliver’s Golden Mile and Black Sage Bench, as well as South Osoyoos and Osoyoos Lake district. In their commitment to excellence, LaStella practices low input viticulture and sustainable farming to achieve very low yields and complex, concentrated flavours in their grapes. The winemaking philosophy is non-interventionism in approach. Each bottled wine from LaStella captures an essence of time and place.
These fine wines can be purchased in select restaurants and private wine shops in British Columbia and rest of Canada, Asia, and Europe. For more information about LaStella Winery, call 250-495-8180 or visit the website at www.lastella.ca.
LaStella was created to be the embodiment of the Tuscan way of life. For us, we are making more than wine. We are making our own fun. We are making something different yet reassuringly familiar.
LaStella is situated at Osoyoos Lake in the South Okanagan valley of beautiful British Columbia. The winery opened its doors in May 2007 with its first vintage of 2006. This included Vivace Pinot Grigio, Lastellina Rosato, Allegretto Merlot (Pie Franco) and the very low yield, highly complex Maestoso Merlot.
In 2008, 4 clones of Brunello (Sangiovese Grosso) have come to production. Soon the super Tuscan expression from the Okanagan will come to life.
In the Vineyard
Fortunately for us (and you), the Okanagan valley happens to be one of the best wine regions with its unique climate and variety of latitudes and soils. There is a perceptible difference in temperature and greenery, from the lushness of the north to the sage ridden desert in the south.
According to WineBC, the area between Oliver and Osoyoos is the northernmost tip of the northern most desert in the world; Sonora Desert. Summers are generally very hot with July and August being warmer than Napa Valley, but the evenings are markedly cooler. Osoyoos has 1450 growing degree days and 8 inches of average annual rainfall (WineBC.com). Low rainfall, high heat units and a dry environment allow us to farm in a sustainable manner with all the respect the land deserves.
In the vineyards we do a blend of organic and biodynamic practices, which we call ‘non-interventionism’. Along with our sister winery; Le Vieux Pin, we have around 50 acres of small parcel, prime vineyards in Oliver’s Golden Mile and Black Sage Bench as well as vineyards at Osoyoos lake. We have very distinct soil composition in our vineyards that result in very unique and distinctive wines. We also contract grapes from quality minded growers who grow organically and sustainably. We practice low input viticulture and employ dry farming. As a result our yields are very low and help concentrate the flavours and complexities in the fruit. Our average yield is 2 tons per acre and for some of our wines as low as 1 ton per acre, compared to the widely accepted 4-8 tons per acre yields used with quantity focused producers.
In addition to the above, the underpinning of our success is passion, friendship, dedication and commitment to excellence.