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Robin Ridge Winery produces 100% estate-grown fruit which they craft into small quantities of high-quality wine through attention to detail from their organic vineyard through to the cellar.
The small family operated Winery is happily located in the stunning Similkameen Valley 30 minutes west of Osoyoos or southwest of Penticton. The Organic vineyard was established in 1997 and expanded in 2012.
Tim and Caroline Cottrill purchased the property in 1997 and began establishing their vines to grow a variety of grapes. The Robin Ridge estate vineyard includes 18 acres of well drained soils on the Similkameen Bench near the Junction of Hwy 3 and Hwy 3A in Keremeos.
Robin Ridge creates a broad spectrum of wines for you to enjoy. From the varietal expressive Gewurztraminer and the easy going, off dry rosé, Flamingo, to the complex, brooding Meritage, they strive to give you a taste of the Similkameen and their terroir in every glass.
Organic growers aim to produce wines that are true to the earth, no synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides are used. Instead organic producers are careful co-creators with nature.
It relies on fertilizers of organic origin such as compost manure, green manure, and bone meal and places emphasis on techniques such as companion planting; biological pest control, mixed cover cropping and fostering of insect predators are encouraged. In general, organic standards are designed to allow the use of naturally occurring substances.
Natural winemaking is a style of winemaking that can be applied to any wine. It is loosely defined as using native yeasts in the fermentation process and minimal or no sulfur dioxide in the winemaking process.- Wikipedia
The Cottrill’s have chosen to use the labor intensive Geneva Double Curtain trellis that aids in exposing the fruit to the intense Similkameen sunshine. Being Certified Organic they allow nature to speak through the terroir to produce naturally intense flavoured grapes and wines while respecting the soil and environment around them.
The gravelly loam soil ensures the vines struggle and encourages them to produce very small yields of intensely flavoured grapes.
Best known for their signature wine the Gamay, Robin Ridge also produces award winning Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot. Their latest inspiration is a traditional Sparkling Finch.