From the earth, gentle and tended to.
At the heart of Terravista Vineyards is the desire to be outside, make and share great wine with friends and have fun! We are interested in simplifying viticulture practices and reducing our footprint. One might call it sustainable practices, but we are learning from our vineyards and our land about what stewardship and sustainability means. We are adding alternative energy sources to our homes, reducing consumption and reducing interventions in the vineyards as much as possible. What does this translate into: 4 Solar Arrays installed at En Terre Vineyards, Electric utility vehicles, manual canopy management, manual hedging and weeding, reducing pesticides and herbicides.
Our home vineyards are in the Sub GI Area known as the Naramata Bench with over 50 wineries in the area as our neighbours.
Our Estate Vineyard, Lone Hand Ranch, is the home to the wine we call "FANDANGO". Spanish varietals, Albariño and Verdejo, typically grown in northwestern Spain and Portugal, were planted here in 2008. The southwestern slope of till sediments and stony soils of this vineyard above Naramata Road are optimal conditions for these aromatic whites with crisp acidity.
En Terre Vineyards is the future home of our Estate Syrah, as well as an acre of Pinot Noir planted in 2019. En Terre Vineyard is below Naramata Road and is characterized by mostly silt loam soils. Red wine varietals were carefully selected to suit the soil characteristics and higher average temperatures of this vineyard.
Our two vineyards benefit from the temperature moderating influence of Okanagan Lake which results in longer frost-free periods on the Naramata Bench and their aspect allows for excellent air drainage and the ability to hang fruit for ideal ripening making for beautifully intense, balanced wine.
Grapes purchased form a select few dedicated growers allow for the production of the other white wines. A long-time friend on the Black Sage Bench on Gravelbourg Vineyard in Oliver grows Albariño for our single varietal wine. A delicious blend of the grape varieties Roussanne, Viognier and Marsanne we call "FIGARO"! We also produce a single varietal Viognier with fruit from the south Okanagan and the Naramata Bench.
Every special place has a story, and this story would not be possible if not for long time industry favourites and Okanagan wine pioneers Bob and Senka Tennant. They have been key players in the industry for the past 23 years: Senka as winemaker and Bob as vineyard and business operator. They sold their first project, Black Hills Estate Winery, in 2007, and not wanting to leave the industry, sought out and established a vineyard and winery on the Naramata Bench that was best suited to Albariño and Verdejo and Terravista Vineyards was born!
In Spring 2019, Terravista Vineyards was handed over to locals, Eric and Dallas Thor. Bob and Senka have been easing into retirement, consulting for the Thors and advising and mentoring newly appointed Wine Maker, Nadine Allander, formerly of Time/Evolve and Poplar Grove Wineries.
Together our new team, with the wisdom and expertise of the Tennants, is looking to produce the next vintage for release in Spring 2020.
Eric and Dallas Thor, Proprietors and Jack and Jill of all things grape farming and winery business.
Vineyard Manager and Winemaker: Nadine Allander
Tasting Room Manager: Lena Stelkia
Consulting Winemaker: Senka Tennant
Consulting Viticulturists: Bob Tennant and Pascal Madevon
We hope that you can experience this beautiful place we are so lucky to farm by sipping our wine at a favourite local restaurant or visiting us at our tasting room on the Naramata Bench. Click here to find our wines.