Bella Wines

2019 vineyard series portfolio

At Bella the underlying philosophy is to produce sparkling wines of exceptional quality.

Our vineyard series program is made in the traditional method which is two fermentations. The first fermentation is feral (wild and without the addition of nutrients or enzymes) and ferments dry in tank located on our property.  The second fermentation is in bottle: we are careful to take the primary fermented-dry juice to another facility, off-site, and there we add the sugar and yeast to the juice prior to bottling for the second fermentation.  No commercial yeast is used on our property. The wine is not filtered.  The wines will spend approximately six to eight months on lees after which the majority of our vineyard series is either hand riddled or machine riddled and machine disgorged.  All the wines are finished brut natural in style, with no dosage added.

Bella exclusively produces single vineyard, single varietal sparkling wines as we believe each vineyard has a different personality that comes through in the grapes produced.  We intentionally do not provide tasting notes as, just like when two people meet, what you pick up from someones personality may be different from what we pick up.

The 2019 vintage definitely posed challenges for this wee natural sparkling wine producer.  The winter of 2018/2019 was hard on our vineyards and our growers.  If you recall, we had an unseasonably warm January ’19, where the sap in the vines started flowing, to then have a protracted cold snap in February which froze the sap and in many cases killed the vine.  Overall fruit production was down 30-50%.  What fruit we did get in was of decent quality but mother nature made processing the fruit interesting.  We process all fruit outside, exposed to the elements, without a building overhang … we literally danced between the rain drops for three weeks in September.  Fortunately, we love what we do and Spotify keeps us motivated.  We hope you enjoy!

2019 Vineyard Series Ingredients: grapes, champagne yeast EC118, granulated sugar, 20 PPM (parts-per-million) sulphur.

2019 sparkling rosé – Buddha’s Blend

First released in 2017, Buddha’s Blend (aka “B2” and named after our bulldog) has become the affordable staple in our line up.  B2 is our only vineyard series blend and is composed of lees juice from chardonnay and gamay pressings.  Fun and playful, just like our bull dog, this is your pink, summer-sipper, “go-go” juice.

THE PRODUCT

  • Assemblage – chardonnay and gamay from eight vineyards
  • Released April 6th, 2020
  • Product 750ml: CSPC +24565 | $25.90 | 270 cases
  • Product 375ml: CSPC +24568 | $15.90 | 150 cases

2019 sparkling rosé – cavada

Our Cavada sparkling has a cult following now and is always the first to sell out in our vineyard series.  Located just up the hill from us, Cavada consistently produces an elegant bubble with a beautiful soft pink hue, from just a few hours on skins.  Currently farmed conventionally, this site is moving towards organic.

THE PRODUCT

  • 2019 Sparkling Rosé – Naramata Village
  • Assemblage – 100% Cavada Vineyards Gamay Noir
  • Released April 6th, 2020
  • Product 750ml: CSPC +24579 | $28.90 | 335 cases

2019 sparkling rosé – westbank

We love the unique flavors that come from West Kelowna vineyards, “Westbank” to locals, being heavily influenced by the volcanic soils at the foot of Boucherie Mountain.  We haven’t had fruit from this region since 2016 and we’re delighted to showcase it again.

THE PRODUCT

  • 2019 Sparkling Rosé – Westbank (Kelowna)
  • Assemblage – 100% Thacker Vineyard Gamay Noir
  • Released April 6th, 2020
  • Product 750ml: CSPC +94842 | $28.90 | 315 cases

2019 sparkling rosé – deep roots

One of Wendy’s favorite Gamay’s on the bench comes from Deep Roots Winery and she has always wanted to taste it in bubble format.  As luck would have it, Deep Roots needed to take out some Gamay vines in 2019 but before they did, we scored the fruit to experiment with.  The fruit was on skins for a day giving it the same ruby color as the Deep Roots still gamay.  This bubble is SO delicious we hope it is not a one-off but it certainly will not be in regular rotation … get it while you can, or before Wendy drinks it all.

THE PRODUCT

  • 2019 Sparkling Rosé – Naramata Village
  • Assemblage – 100% Deep Roots Vineyard Gamay Noir
  • Released April 6th, 2020
  • Product 750ml: CSPC +91085 | $28.90 | 65 cases

2019 sparkling blanc de blancs – king

King Family Farms Chardonnay is the back bone of our vineyard series blanc de blancs line up.  Consistently producing  that traditional toasty, yeasty nose with a classic saline finish, like Champagne, we are delighted to work with this fruit each year.

THE PRODUCT

  • 2019 Sparkling Blanc de Blancs – Naramata Bench
  • Assemblage – 100% King Family Farms Chardonnay
  • Released June 1st, 2020
  • Product 750ml: CSPC +24595 | $28.90 | 390 cases
  • Product 375ml: CSPC +24645 | $15.90 | 65 cases

2019 sparkling blanc de blancs – westside

We haven’t had fruit from the west side of Oliver, BC, since 2014 and we were quite excited to work with it again this vintage through our relationship with Mt. Boucherie Winery.  Coming from the Golden Mile this fruit is enhanced by the glacial deposits at its toes.

THE PRODUCT

  • 2019 Sparkling Blanc de Blancs – Westside (Oliver)
  • Assemblage – 100% Chardonnay
  • Released June 1st, 2020
  • Product 750ml: CSPC +69430 | $26.90 | 230 cases

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