We continue our close-up look at the life of BC winegrowers and the many tasks that happen in the cellars and vineyards as the growing season marches toward harvest.
Our summer stops take you to Lake Country, where we visit a new pinot noir vineyard established by CedarCreek Estate Winery. Along the Naramata Bench, we drop in on Roche Wines for some precision agriculture and bottling wine fun. Then we hop a ferry to Vancouver Island and the Cowichan Valley to look at routine but crucial tasks performed at Unsworth Vineyards, underscoring the importance of winery cleanliness in the life cycle of wine, and how precisely water levels can be measured at the vine. Finally, we visit Oliver, BC's hottest winegrowing sub-region, to discuss the magic of veraison when grapes change colour at Black Hills Estate Winery. We discover the how and whys and address the growing concern by an ill-informed public about smoke taint.
It's another busy season amongst BC's winegrowers. Still, the repetitive labour and constant minding that characterize summer tasks will soon be replaced by a frantic dance of vineyard workers and winemakers featuring an intense series of marathon days with little sleep as harvest gets ready to sweep across the province. So join us this October on Gismondi on Wine as we continue our insider's look at a year in the life of BC's winegrowers.
Lake Country and CedarCreek Estate Winery
Naramata Bench and Roche Wines
Cowichan Valley and Unsworth Vineyards
South Okanagan and Black Hills Estate Winery
Further viewing: A Year in the Life of a BC Winegrower - Spring: