Monday, February 22, 2010

2010 Olympics – Day 11

A French name to the winery, French names for its wines – Le Vieux Pin, located on the east bench of Oliver, British Columbia is our choice for winery #11. Although originally from British Columbia, their winemaker – James Cambridge – came to Ontario to be educated and worked with a bunch of our wineries before returning to British Columbia to work, first at Summerhill Pyramid Winery and then, secondly, at Le Vieux Pin. At Le Vieux Pin, the vineyards really dictate the kinds of wines they make. None of their vineyards are over 12 acres in size and they have 50 acres planted throughout the south Okanagan Valley. They also contract grapes from other grape growers who have certified organic vineyards and grow their grapes sustainably. They use an old world style in winemaking and with the combination of intense heat during summer months, limited rainfall (average annual rainfall is 8 inches), Le Vieux Pin is able to make intense red wines that make you stand up and notice. On the other end of the scale, their evenings are extremely cool which equates to vibrant and unique white wines.

They stick to simple when it comes to the wines they make – only Pinot Noir and Merlot for Reds, a couple of Rose’s, and – for whites – Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and a white blend. However, simple is often best and, since they win awards for these wines, they must be doing something right.

Tasting room open daily from April 1st through October 31st. Please call ahead to make appointment during off season.
Le Vieux Pin
34070 73rd and Black Sage Rd
Oliver, B.C.
V0H 1T0
Tel: 250.498.8388
Fax: 250.498.8399
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