Rattlesnake Vineyard is the winery site at Randolph Draw and is also known as our home block vineyard. This vineyard was aptly named by Elise, Jeff & Niva's youngest daughter, after the intruder that visits every summer.
Planted in 1999, this is our very first vineyard and it is a relatively elevated site with great soils, aspect and air drainage. The surrounding hillsides provide ample wind protection compared to vineyards closer to Lake Okanagan, resulting in a more temperate and steady accumulation of heat units.
With careful canopy management we are able to manipulate the clearly defined aromatics in the white grape varietals and to provide more exposure to promote the tannin ripeness and colour in the red grape varietals.
Location: Naramata Bench
Rainfall: Average 13"
Soil: Glacial boulder clay/loam
Varietals: Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat, Viognier, Merlot and Shiraz
Average growing degree: 1400 hours
Overall suitability: Class 1 (BC Grape Atlas)