Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars

Blue Mountain Vineyards & Cellars

About

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.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Oranagan, British Columbia.

Features

  • Blue Mountain strives to produce complex.

Additional Information

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  • Dog Friendly:
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Average Bottle Price

$ 25

History

Construction of the winery was completed in two stages over 1992 to 1993 and in 1999. Today, the building houses the tasting room, the production facility, and the administration offices. The concept of the design for the tasting room was in part to capture the beautiful setting around it. Large windows and vaulted ceilings offer plenty of natural light throughout the day. The tasting room was also designed to be able to offer a more intimate tasting experience for the guest.

The Team

Matt Mavety
Christie Mavety

Practices & Techniques

- Spread compost and lightly incorporate (allows penetration of water mobile nutrients to the vine root system and helps to prevent the cover crop from becoming too competitive)
- 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

With a belief that the best quality wine starts in the vineyard, Blue Mountain uses several sustainable practices in the vineyard that continue the commitment to creating the smallest “footprint” possible. The overall goal for the viticulture is to produce the highest quality of fruit that is possible in the Okanagan Valley.

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.

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Hours

Monday-Friday (by appointment): 11:00am - 5:00pm

Address

2385 Allendale Road
Okanagan Falls, British Columbia V0H 1R2
Canada

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