Garnet Valley Ranch
Garnet Valley Ranch is a rare, unspoiled site that has been carefully and thoughtfully designed to integrate with the wild natural landscape it envelops. The ranch is located in Summerland, BC, on a 320-acre (130 ha) site that was purchased by Okanagan Crush Pad Winery at the urging of Chilean terroir consultant Pedro Parra.
Parra designed fifteen unique vineyard blocks, employing extensive research to determine viticulture strategies. The first blocks were planted in 2014 and as of 2023 the site has 55 acres (18 ha) of vines (Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Chenin Blanc), planted in volcanic and glacial matter (including alluvial course sand with limestone and rock) that varies from block to block.
Each block is fenced separately, allowing wildlife to roam and visit a restored pond which has brought songbirds and other small animals back to the site. The entire property is certified organic and is also home to a lavender farm and eight acres of organic vegetables.
Vineyard blocks are located between 1,968 and 2,230 feet (600 and 680 meters) above sea level, making this the highest elevated vineyard site in the Okanagan Valley. At this altitude, the soils are more interesting than those found on the valley floor, the season is shorter and more intense, and the temperatures cooler. Strong phenolic ripeness at lower sugar levels results in finished wines with lower alcohol levels, better acidity, and balance.
To date, a handful of low intervention organic wines under the Free Form label have been released with three limited-edition Garnet Valley Ranch wines set for release summer 2023.