The vineyards of Wild Goose, as with any winery, are the heart of the business. Everything is lost or gained in the vineyard. From the quality of the wine to the financial returns, all is based on the performance of the vineyards. Wild Goose’s Estate is currently comprised of three vineyard sites.
This is a ten acre parcel located at the winery site. This is home to our Stoney Slope Riesling which is grown in glacial soils on a beautiful south facing slope. Large stones line the rows absorbing the summer heat while the slope allows for maximum sun exposure and drainage. Despite the rough terrain the fruit grown here is highly coveted by Okanagan winemakers and lends itself well to late harvest wines.
As the slope of the vineyard eases, the soil type transitions to lighter clay. It is in this flat clay loam area of the vineyard that we grow Gewurztraminer of unparalleled quality. The vines are trained to the pendulum bow training system and produce very low yields; consistently reaching desired sweetness, pH and acidity levels thereby producing one of the best Gewurztraminers in Canada.
Oliver Mystic River
Trailing the banks of the South Okanagan River near the town of Oliver lays our five acre Mystic River Vineyard. The soil here is sandy clay and pea gravel without a stone in sight. The fertile land and proximity to the river are a winning combination for our Mystic River Pinot Blanc and Gewurztraminer varietals – both two-time recipients of the Lieutenant Governor Award of Excellence.
Our newest addition, planted in 2008, this eleven acre vineyard is comprised of pure silty loam and clay and is located on a westerly slope near Oliver overlooking the South Okanagan Valley. The site has been planted with Gewurztraminer, Riesling, and Merlot.
Wild Goose contracts fruit from two small vineyards located adjacent to the Okanagan Falls site and one in Penticton. The Wilson Vineyard produces high quality Merlot grapes year-after-year and is currently run and maintained by Wild Goose. The other vineyard is managed by the Hest family who grow ultra-premium Pinot Noir and Merlot. These two vineyards are deemed to be some of the best in the Okanagan. The Droste-Wendenburg Vineyard located above Skaha Lake provides our Pinot Gris grapes.