BC Harvest 2020 - Okanagan Falls
Jak and Janice Meyer have struck gold in Okanagan Falls, where they run a premium small estate winery focused on pinot noir and chardonnay. We arrived just in time for the pinot noir harvest and managed to catch up with Jak Meyer, and rarely seen, or interviewed, winemaker Chris Carson.
BC Harvest 2020 - Lake Country
O'Rourke Family Estate is Lake Country’s newest winery located near historic Carrs Landing some 35 minutes north of Kelowna. We catch up with winemaker Nikki Callaway on the newly minted crush as she jostles with construction workers and enlists some to help with the on-going pinot noir harvest. She also graciously gives us a quick tour of the new facility both above and underground.
BC Harvest 2020 - Similkameen Valley
John and Virginia Weber took a chance on the wild Similkameen Valley two decades ago, and ever since, they have been exploring its unique meso-climates and micro-terroirs in search of authenticity and wines that celebrate their place of origin. We speak with John on a sunny, cool, windy morning as their loyal crew readied to pick the cabernet sauvignon at Passion Pit Vineyard.
BC Harvest 2020 - Naramata Bench
We catch up with Howling Bluff winemaker Luke Smith in his favourite pinot noir vineyard, 'Century Block,' an old orchard that once sported over 100 different varieties of apples. Luke updates us on a 2020 vintage that has been challenging, but that looks as if it will have a rewarding ending.
BC Harvest 2020 - Cowichan Valley
We follow the grapes to Vancouver Island where a cadre of producers are impacting the BC wine map as the region closes in on two decades of production. The Cowichan Valley is 45 minutes north of the provincial capital Victoria. The sheltered east coast of the island owes its existence to mountains that cast a rain shadow, curbing the rainfall headed for Vancouver a two hour ferry ride across the Salish Sea.
BC Harvest 2020- Oliver/ Osoyoos
We stop at Checkmate Artisanal Winery on the Golden Mile Bench, just south of Oliver in the Okanagan Valley. We visit with winemaker and general manager Phil McGahan on the crush pad, where he takes us on a tour of the historic site, inside and out. The winery has undergone a complex renovation, begun not long after it was purchased in 2012 by Anthony von Mandl from the founding Combret family.
BC Harvest 2020 - Lillooet
Fort Berens Estate Winery is the first of eight stops to "follow the grapes," a series covering the 2020 grape harvest's excitement across British Columbia. In the series, we hope you will feel the energy and immediacy of the harvest in the vineyards and on the crush pads, as winegrowers scramble to pick, crush and process their grapes in a rush against time and Mother Nature.
Bartier Bros. - "Maceration"
Determined to save a "beast" of a syrah crop in 2015, winemaker Michael Bartier employed a labour-intensive maceration method. We learn to appreciate how each vintage presents a different set of circumstances forcing winemakers to understand their options in a decision-making tree that could lead to failure or success.