Naramata bench, British Columbia
Arguably one of the most well known wine regions in British Columbia, the Naramata Bench runs from the north eastern portion of the city of Penticton (“the Bench Roads”: Lower, Middle and Upper Bench) up along Naramata Road to the northern side of Naramata Village. According to the BC Wine Institute there are currently 898 acres planted with vines on this strip that includes thirty six (36!) wineries along a 15km route. Funnily enough, Bella Wines is currently the last tasting room on the Bench; or the first, depending on how you want to start your day.
ORCHARD HOUSE VINEYARD
Wanting a contrast to grapes grown in Naramata Village, Bella Wines sourced both Chardonnay and Gamay Noir grapes from a small acreage producer located at the southern base of Munson Mountain. Munson Mountain is actually the remains of an extinct volcano which helps explain the volcanic rock, primarily dacite (felsic) in composition, that is found along with fine-textured glacial lacustrine sediments throughout Orchard House vineyards. In addition to the soil composition, this site at the southern end of the Naramata Bench has distinctly different weather than Naramata Village – in particular, more precipitation. We are beyond charmed to work with Liz and Frank Malinka, owners of Orchard House Vineyards, to bring a spectacular small lot sparkling wine product to market.