News from Scout supporter Road 13 Winery
Oliver, BC | Trust the team at Road 13 Vineyards to switch it up. Effective this spring, the winery will be moving away from the production of several varietal wines to focus on blends. Joining the popular Honest John’s Red and White and the premium Fifth Element, are Stemwinder, a refreshing white blend (CSPC $21.99) named in honour of the soil of the winery’s home vineyard, and Rockpile, a red blend (CSPC $24.99) named after Mick and Pam Luckhurst’s most difficult vineyard. Both wines can be found at the winery, VQA stores, the BCLDB and private wine stores and restaurants. Read more
Oliver’s Stoneboat Vineyards is now a proud member supporter of Scout. We will be publishing their news and press releases on our front page. Click ahead for a taste, or visit their Scout page in our winery section… Read more
7148 Orchard Grove Lane, Oliver BC | MAP
(between Black Sage Road and Road 9)
Tel & Fax: 250-498-2226 | Toll Free: 888-598-2226
firstname.lastname@example.org | www.stoneboatvineyards.com
Hours: May – mid October: 10:00am – 6:00pm daily
About Stoneboat Vineyards
Located along a winding country lane in Oliver, BC, on the rocky soils of the lower Black Sage Bench, Stoneboat Vineyards is one of the newest premium artisan wine producers in the South Okanagan Valley. The winery is owned and operated by two generations of the Martiniuk family, who have been growing vines on the since 1983.
Our focus in viticulture and winemaking is on Pinot varietals, which we believe are best suited to our unique location on the Black Sage. Our wines are sourced exclusively from three estate vineyards, which, unlike much of the South, thrive atop hundreds of feet of calcium encrusted stones. Their lower elevations and southwestern exposures balance warm days with very cool nights, enabling us to grow intensely flavoured whites with refreshing minerality and rich, layered reds.
Since its inception, Stoneboat has quietly earned awards and accolades for its balanced, character-driven wines. Over the past 25 years we have developed a close relationship with our land, following a farming philosophy that values integrity, minimal intervention, and sensitivity to the vines and soils. Our winemaking is inspired by this same approach; we strive to create wines that offer the most honest expression of their origins in our vineyards.
The People Who Make It Happen
Sandra Oldfield – Winemaker & Owner
Kenn Oldfield – Chairman & Owner
Andrew Moon – Viticulturist/Vineyard Manager
Korol Kuklo – Assistant Winemaker
Shaun Everest – General Manager
About Tinhorn Creek
On a hillside overlooking vineyards, sagebrush, and the old gold mining creek that is its namesake, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards has been owned and operated by the Shaunessy and Oldfield families since1993. The winery is located south of Oliver, BC, at the junction of Highway 97 and Road 7 in the famed Golden Mile wine-growing district. This area, named for its rich history of farming that dates back to the early 1900s, is home to several quality wine producers. Tinhorn Creek sources fruit exclusively from its own vineyards: 150 acres of prime land on two very distinct benches. This land lends to the creation of terroir-driven wines that are classic illustrations of the place they are grown. The 100-acre Diamondback Vineyard on the Black Sage Bench is planted with a mix of red and white varieties, primarily Pinot Gris, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The 50-acre Tinhorn Creek Vineyard on the Golden Mile Bench is also planted with a mix of red and white grapes, but primarily features Gewürztraminer.
Farming their own vineyards using sustainable practices allows Tinhorn Creek full control over the quality of fruit delivered to the crush pad for each vintage. The winery produces wines in two tiers under one dynamic and compelling label. The single-varietal series includes a Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Merlot. Only worthy wines are selected each year for the winery’s top tier, winemaker Sandra Oldfield’s signature wines, named the Oldfield Series. This tier provides Oldfield with a playground for experimentation and is a creative showcase for the best wines from each vintage. All Tinhorn Creek wines evoke the unique terroir of the region: the sage-covered desert terrain.
Tinhorn Creek was the first winery in Canada to bottle its entire portfolio with Stelvin screw-cap closures ensuring consistent aging and a guarantee that the wine will be enjoyed as it was intended.
The People That Make It Happen
Winemaker: Severine Pinte
About Le Vieux Pin
The best wines come from the best vineyard sites; this is “terroir.” Fortunately for us (and you!), the Okanagan Valley happens to be one of the best wine regions anywhere with its unique climate and variety of latitudes and soils. There is a perceptible difference in temperature and greenery around the valley, 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 northernmost desert in the world; the Sonora Desert. The summers are very hot; it is hotter in July and August than Napa Valley, but the evenings are markedly cooler. Osoyoos has 1450 growing degree days and a mere eight 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.
Our vineyard management strategy is based on Old World techniques with a dusting of New World modernism added on top. Our focus is to make wine that is representative of its terroir. Non-interventionist and low-input viticulture is the method we use to get there. Deficit irrigation, on-site composting, high-density plantings and extremely low yields allow the vines to show us who they really are, deep down to their roots.
We have very distinct soil composition between our vineyards: some sites are very high in white silica sand while others are quite gravelly and rocky. Some sites show traces of schist and shale deposited by volcanic activities in the area. Along with our sister winery Lastella we own and cultivate 50 acres of vineyards scattered throughout the South Okanagan. We also source some grapes from a select group of growers who have certified organic vineyards or grow with sustainability in mind.
Passion, friendship, dedication and commitment are the recipe for our success.
Please visit the winery when you visit the Okanagan and join our email newsletter for the latest news from wine country. Visit us online at www.levieuxpin.ca on Facebook at www.facebook.com/levieuxpin and twitter at twitter.com/levieuxpin.
Á votre santé!
13140 316A Ave., Oliver BC | V0H 1T0 | PO Box 501
Follow Road 13 on the west side of Hwy 97 between Oliver & Osoyoos
Toll free: 866.498.8330
Phone: 250.498.8330 | Fax: 250.498.8331
The People Who Make It Happen
Owners: Mick & Pam Luckhurst
About Road 13
Road 13 Vineyards is owned and operated by Mick and Pam Luckhurst. Since purchasing the winery in 2003, the Luckhurst’s have focused on making wine that is a reflection of the land, which has given rise to Road 13’s mantra, “It’s all about the dirt.”
Winemaker J-M Bouchard continues this focus by treating the grapes gently and respectfully in order to craft wines with a definite sense of place. Road 13 has three tiers of wine ranging from the very approachable everyday favorites produced under the Honest John’s label, to the high end, complex, age worthy wines of the Jackpot tier. The wine shop at Road 13 is open year round and offers tastings from April to October.
A separate Tasting Lounge is open during the summer months for those who wish for an upscale tasting experience. Road 13 hosts a number of events throughout the year, including the Summer Dinner Series on the 13th of each month from May to October.
These three wines – a white, red and rose – are a tribute to John Oliver, BC Premier from 1918 to 1927. Honest, approachable, and frank these offer value for any occasion and refreshment for everyone from the most discerning wine lover to the thirstiest beer drinker.
The Road 13 tier offers a selection of varietal wines and blends that reflect the terrior where the grapes were grown. This includes the winery’s most recognizable blend, Seventy-Four K, as well as a selection of Low Yield wines, made with grapes from vines cropped to a low tonnage that are pressed gently to surrender only the best juice.
Jackpot is the culmination of all things that make a great wine. Hand-crafted from the best vines the Okanagan has to offer, we let the grapes do what they do best – impress. The finished product is age worthy, complex, and profound. Evoking the joy of winning a hard earned prize, Jackpot is a fitting title for our top wines – the reward for our hard work in the vineyard and cellar.
Wines & Reviews
2013 WineAlign National Wine Awards
Platinum: 2011 Syrah Malbec, 2009 Sparkling Chenin Blanc
Gold: 2011 Jackpot Syrah
Silver: 2011 Jackpot Malbec, 2011 Syrah, 2011 Chardonnay, 2011 Castle Vineyard Pinot Noir, Bronze: 2011 Merlot, 2012 Mitchell’s Vineyard Gewurztraminer, 2011 Fleet Road Pinot Noir, 2012 Old Vines Chenin Blanc, 2012 Mitchell’s Vineyard Pinot Gris, 2011 Seventy-Four K, 2011 Stemwinder, 2012 Viognier
2013 Best of Varietal Spring Judging
2011 Syrah – Best of Varietal
2011 Seventy-Four K – Best of Varietal
2012 Platinum Judging
Platinum: 2009 Sparkling Chenin Blanc
Double Gold: 2011 Chenin Blanc
BC Wine Awards 2012
Best Sparkling Wine: 2009 Sparkling Chenin Blanc
Gold: 2009 Sparkling Chenin Blanc, 2011 Old Vines Chenin Blanc
Bronze: 2009 Fifth Element, 2011 Viognier
Canadian Wine Awards 2012 – Wine Access Magazine
Gold: 2010 Seventy Four K, 2010 Syrah, 2011 Jackpot Viognier Roussanne Marsanne
Silver: 2009 Jackpot Pinot Noir, 2009 Merlot Syrah, 2009 Seventy Four K, 2010 Chardonnay, 2011 Mitchell’s Vineyard Pinot Gris, 2011 Old Vines Chenin Blanc
Bronze: 2009 Fifth Element, 2009 Jackpot Syrah, 2009 Sparkling Chenin Blanc, 2010 Pinot Noir, 2011 Honest John’s Rose, 2011 Mitchell’s Vineyard Gewurztraminer, 2011 Stemwinder, 2011 Viognier
Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in British Columbia Wine
2011 Jackpot Viognier Roussanne Marsanne
Top 25 BC Wines 2012 – Wine Access Magazine
2008 Sparkling Chenin Blanc
2008 Jackpot Pinot Noir
Canadian Wine Awards 2011 – Wine Access Magazine
#6 Winery in Canada – 3rd Year in a Row!
Gold: 2008 Sparkling Chenin Blanc, 2008 Jackpot Pinot Noir
Bronze: 2009 Jackpot Chardonnay, 2009 Merlot Syrah
Vancouver Magazine Awards 2012
2008 Sparkling Chenin Blanc – Best Sparkling Wines
2010 Old Vines Chenin Blanc – Best Whites
2009 Jackpot Chardonnay – Best of Class
Northwest Wine Summit 2011
Silver: 2009 Viognier Riesling Sauvignon Blanc, 2009 Jackpot Riesling, 2007 Fifth Element, 2009 Honest John’s White
Bronze: 2008 Jackpot Pinot Noir, 2008 Seventy Four K, 2009 Honest John’s Red
Pacific Rim Wine Competition 2011
Silver: 2007 Fifth Element, 2009 Honest John’s Red
Bronze: 2009 Stemwinder, 2008 Seventy Four K
Okanagan Fall Wine Festival Awards 2011
Gold: 2008 Sparkling Chenin Blanc, 2010 Old Vines Chenin Blanc, 2009 Jackpot Chardonnay, 2010 Honest John’s White
Bronze: 2009 Merlot Syrah
All Canadian Wine Championships 2011
Gold: 2009 Seventy Four K