The signature bench lands of Naramata expose a face of the clay that can be seen below Moraine’s vineyard, and this exceptional landscape contributes to the creation of fresh, elegant, fruit-driven wines of distinction. The winery’s own Anastasia and Sophia Vineyards, respectively named for the Aristarkhov daughters, provide exceptional grapes.
The winery looks out to the lake over the seven-acre Anastasia estate vineyard, which is eight years old and is planted with Merlot, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz and Riesling. The smaller, 3.5 acre Sophia Vineyard, is located closer to Penticton and is planted to Pinot Noir. In its third leaf, the Sophia Vineyard is not yet in production, however the vines show exceptional promise and the first vintage from these grapes is expected to be superior.
With a goal of using only fruit grown on Naramata Bench, Moraine’s inaugural vintage wines offer a unique, desirable flavour profile. Vineyard manager Pierre Levesque tends the vines with care and attention to each plant, with the health of the vine and ultimate fruit quality at harvest being the goal.