When Mike and Nicole Dowell finally decided to become farmers, orchards were the plan until they tasted the chardonnay from a vineyard perched between rocky slopes and the Similkameen River.
The site was a section of the Mariposa Farm, British Columbia's first certified organic farm that launched the Similkameen Valley's future as the Organic Growing Capital of Canada. Since buying the vineyard, Mike and Nicole have met the challenges of building a winery, including acquiring two more estate vineyards, each with very different terroirs, allowing them complete control over their wines. As we visit and taste wines in all three vineyards, we can appreciate how the surroundings and soil affect the wines and begin to realize the work and dedication required to make it all come together. It's an unpretentious look at a small British Columbian winery, replicated worldwide, and the hardworking people behind it, moving one rock at a time.