May 9th, 2015 – Naramata Special … Part 1

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It’s the 7th annual Naramata Bench Wine Tour through Victoria and Vancouver.

Part One features Elephant island. Upper Bench. Bench 1775. Lake Breeze. Tightrope. Hillside. TerraVista. Kettle Valley. Misconduct. Deep Roots.

Red Rooster. Therapy. Van Westen. La Frenz. Serendipity.   



Having spent the better part of five years living on the Naramata bench and getting to know most of my neighbours… when they bring their travelling wine road show to Victoria and Vancouver..I just have to be there.

The Bench
The Bench

It’s a two parter, so next week we’ll finish the story with Howling Bluff. Poplar Grove. Monster and Black Widow.



Naramata Bench is just an exceptional destination..not only for the wine grower but also for  the wine fan.


naramata rush hour
naramata rush hour











Running above Lake Okanagan… East and North of Penticton, BC… it has the perfect soil and climate.

Big heat in the day… cool lake breezes at night.

It has also attracted some of the most interesting winemakers/growers  in the business. They all have a  story to tell.

Here’s the line-up and websites    –


In Victoria:

Del Halliday – Elephant Island

Gavin Miller – Upper Bench

Val Tait – Bench 1775

Garron Elmes – Lake Breeze and Spice Jar

Lindsay O’Rourke – Tightrope

Kathy Malone – Hillside

Senka Tennant – Terra Vista

Tim Watt  – Kettle Valley

Richard Da Silva – Misconduct

Will Hardman –  Deep Roots

Karen Gillis – Red Rooster

Steve Latchford – Therapy

In Vancouver:

Rob Van Westen – Van Westen

Jeff Martin – La Frenz

Judy Kingston – Serendipity






The Naramata Bench Part Two


Tara O’Brady – Seven Spoons


New Zealand



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