Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars
Blue Mountain Vineyards & Cellars
Blue Mountain welcomes you to experience wines using exclusively estate grown grapes from its South Okanagan vineyard. Focusing on varietal wines made from Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Gamay Noir, and Pinot Noir, Blue Mountain strives to produce complex, age-worthy wines, consistent in style while allowing the expression of both the terroir and the individual growing season.
Located in the heart of Oranagan, British Columbia.
- Blue Mountain strives to produce complex.
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Practices & Techniques
- Hilling up vines: (movement of soil to protect the graft union for the winter and prepare the vines for mechanical weed management)
- Any fertilizer and soil amendments should ideally be added at this time also.
Vineyard maintenance and repair
- Pruning (December through March)
- Shred prunings: recycling last year’s woody growth (nutrients and soil microbiology)
- Tying canes to training wires
- Ploughing back: weed management (wait as long as possible to minimize the number of subsequent operations needed - just prior to suckering the vines)
- Suckering and shoot thinning: to remove unwanted shoot growth on the trunk. Shoot thinning of the buds that were left during pruning to obtain both good shoot placement and the correct number of shoots for each vine.
- Shoot placement: lifting of moveable wires to contain the growth of the vines
- Fruit thinning: green harvest to target a desired yield for the quality of fruit to be harvested (dependent upon season and variety)
- Trimming of the vines: manage the photosynthetic area, remove unwanted vegetation and focus vine on fruit maturity
- Vineyard clean up: removal of unwanted weeds (hand hoeing)
- Harvest: hand harvest is a typical 3 week period
Estate Vineyards / AVA
The Okanagan region is ideal for minimal input viticulture due to a very favourable climate. The extremely dry climate (average of 300 mm precipitation annually) leads to a minimum of disease pressure such as threats like Powdery Mildew or Botrytis. Pest pressure is also small, leafhoppers being the only threat. This all means that the need for chemical spraying is substantially low and has a minimal impact on the fruit.
Several soil fertility concepts have been developed which are unique to the vineyard; diversification of cover crops and use of on-farm composting. Cover crops are used to: maintain a diversity of flora and fauna in the vineyard, protect the soil from erosion and compaction, and improve the overall soil fertility. The cover crop includes a selected blend of grasses, legumes and flowering species. The objective is to have a cover crop that is not too competitive with the vines for both nutrition and water resources. Composting of cow manure, wheat straw and winery marc is also used. Organic fertilizers are used to improve the nitrogen availability in the vineyard. A continuing evolution exists to determine the best fit for the local environment and management system.