Anthony Gismondi on Wine

The premise of our latest video series is to track a year in the life of a winegrower.

The reality is we met with several British Columbia winegrowers to get a sense of the many tasks to be completed in their vineyards. Some are shared while others are unique, but all will contribute to the 2021 vintage as it unfolds across the four seasons of the winegrowing calendar.

Our first stops are in Kamloops - Harper's Trail, East Kelowna - Summerhill Pyramid Winery, the Naramata Bench - Da Silva Vineyards, and north Oliver's Covert Farms Family Estate. We take you into the vineyards to look at some of the unsung tasks that support fine wine production, including pruning, tying down, mulching, growing cover crops and composting.

We also discuss regenerative farming and meet several Scottish Highland cows employed to enhance the vineyard soils at Covert Farms. You will see the Da Silva team hand-planting chardonnay vines, and in a rare clip, we learn what it takes to survive the cold Canadian winter at Harper's Trail as they unearth a precious cane meant to keep the vineyard going in case of a disastrously cold winter. Finally, we visit the hottest compost pile north of the 49 parallel at Summerhill Pyramid Winery.

As you will discover, winemaking is mainly winegrowing, and winegrowing is a lot of work. We'll be back in the summer to have a look at flowering, fruit set, shoot-thinning and a whole other set of tasks that make up a year in the life of a BC winegrower. 

Related: BC Bud Break Watch - LIve stream of a vineyard in East Kelowna.

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Anthony Gismondi
Anthony Gismondi

Anthony Gismondi is a Canadian wine journalist and one of North America's most influential voices in wine. For over 30 years, he has been the wine columnist for The Vancouver Sun. The twice-weekly column is distributed across Canada through Postmedia Network to millions of readers. In addition, Anthony co-hosts the BC Food & Wine Radio Show, broadcast in 18 markets across B.C. and available as a podcast on Spotify, Apple and iHeart Radio and more. He launched Gismondionwine.com in 1997, attracting one million users a month from 114 countries. It continues to be a valuable resource of full tasting notes and intelligent wine stories and videos for the trade and consumers.