We are in a unique climate and geography, with success in cool-climate grape production,” describes Graydon Ratzlaff, who with his wife Maureen acquired Recline Ridge Winery in the Shuswap in 2010. Located in the Tappen Valley, Recline Ridge’s vineyards are on a south-facing gentle slope with clay-based soil. “There is more precipitation than the South Okanagan, with hot summer days and cool nights.”

Recline Ridge’s wines, produced from some vines that were planted as far back as 1994, are known for their clean, sound structure, intense flavours, and perfect balance. Bestselling wines include the very aromatic white varietal Siegerrebe and the full-bodied red Marechal Foch. Other award-winners include whites, Ortega and Kerner and Hawk’s Haven, a blend of red Austrian varietals, Zweigelt and Blaufrankisch. 

Winemaker Jesse Steinley emphasizes varietal flavour development in Recline Ridge’s wines as well as preserving the their highly aromatic nature.

Recline Ridge’s unique wine shop and tasting room offer a welcoming ambience year round for visitors. During the warmer months, the patio and picnic areas are available to enjoy a glass of fine wine while appreciating the winery’s vineyard and the region’s spectacular scenery. 

“We’re working hard in the Shuswap to make people more aware that the Okanagan is not the only wine-producing region in B.C.,” says Ratzlaff. “We are notable for our cool region white varietals – they are different, fruity and interesting. We have wonderful wines and it’s gorgeous up here.”

~  Dona Sturmanis