Nature has bestowed beauty and benefit to every wine growing region in the Okanagan Valley, but few are as blessed as the Naramata Bench. Located on the southeast shore of Lake Okanagan, between the village of Naramata and the City of Penticton, this small 15-kilometre plateau is a marvel of agricultural elegance and dramatic vistas. But there is more to the Naramata Bench than pastoral beauty. The area is also renowned for its remarkable terroir. Here a wide range of Vitis vinifera grape varieties thrive in diverse soils and near perfect growing conditions, which helps explain the concentration of so many renowned wineries in such a limited area.
The Naramata Bench is a place notable also for the colourful collection of men and women who own and operate the region’s vineyards and wineries.
NARAMATA BENCH VINEYARDS & WINERIES is an aesthetic book that relates their personal stories, shining a light on their extraordinary character and connection to the land
Written and designed with wine lovers in mind, this coffee-table-style book informs, entertains and fascinates with thoughtful and illustrated profiles of 26 different estate wineries on the Naramata Bench, making it essential reading for anyone planning to visit the area, or wanting to enhance enjoyment of the wines produced there.
Garth Eichel is a writer, photographer, editor and publisher. He has written about wine, beer and spirits for a range of publications, including the Victoria Times Colonist newspaper and Wine Access magazine. A certified sommelier, he completed his Level III diploma program with the International Sommelier Guild (ISG) in 2014. Garth lives in Victoria with his wife, Heather, and son, Rowan.