THE GOODS FROM Le Vieux Pin
Oliver, BC | Le Vieux Pin Winery has been a major supporter and official sponsor to the Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx bike race for the past 5 years. This year the winery provides each race participant with a complimentary bottle of Le Vieux Pin’s limited edition 2013 La Flamme Rouge Merlot, produced exclusively for the 2015 PGAMO.
The 2013 La Flamme Rouge was created exclusively for the GranFondo race to celebrate their 5-year anniversary as partners. As ‘wood’ is the symbol of 5-years, the 13-month barrel aged merlot was chosen for this year’s race. This single vineyard, single varietal Merlot was hand-picked and hand-sorted, then fermented in small batches in 100% neutral French Oak barrels. The name was the result of a ‘name this wine’ competition and La Flamme Rouge was born, which indicates 1 km to go before the finish line in a bike race. A limited number are available to order from the winery here.
The event takes place in Penticton on Sunday July 12th, 2015 and is ranked one of the best in North America. Racers bike 160km on the most scenic route between Penticton and Oliver in the South Okanagan passing some of B.C.’s most beautiful vineyards with more than 1000 metres of elevation gain along the way. A halfway lunch and rest stop at Le Vieux Pin winery is also provided before the race travels north to finish in Penticton.
For more details about the race, visit http://www.granfondoaxelmerckx.com.
Le Vieux Pin Winery | 5496 Black Sage Rd Oliver, B.C. V0H 1T0
Phone: 250-498-8388 | Fax: 250-498-8399
Web: www.levieuxpin.ca | Facebook | Twitter
Tasting Room Hours: Ar-Oct, 7 days a week, 10am-7pm | Off-season: weekdays or by appointments.
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.
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Á votre santé!