More Gold medal wins for this radiant winery in Naramata. Moraine’s luxurious sloping vineyards that lazily gaze over to Lake Okanagan, offer its vines a unique and winning soil and sun combination to draw from. This formidable Moraine terroir continues to create award-winning wines under the gentle touch of winemaker Jacq Kemp (pictured) , who has whispered their ‘heartbreak grape’ into its full potential.

Most recently, Moraine took a Double Gold medal for their 2013 Pinot Noir at the well-regarded International Pinot Noir challenge. “The International Pinot Challenge (IPC) was created to challenge the Pinot Noir industry from around the world.  Wines receive a double blind tasting from judges accredited by the Wine Judges of Canada as well as experienced, international tasters such as wine writers, sommeliers, and educators.”

Moraine also literally swept the 2015 B.C. wine awards in November, winning awards for almost every one of their wins. They received three Silver medals (for the 2012 Pinot Noir, 2014 Cliffhanger White and the 2014 Viognier), as well as six Bronze medals (for the 2013 Malbec, 2013 Syrah, 2013 Pinot Noir, 2012 Red Mountain, 2014 Riesling, and the 2014 Twin Peaks Ice Wine).

Proprietor Oleg Aristarkov is looking forward to the 2016 releases and says, “The new vintages are looking fantastic – we increased production for about 30% this year as were completely sold out on whites last year during summer.”

Time to join their wine club and book a visit to the winery this spring for a tasting!

2013 Pinot Noir

This wine exhibits aromas of violets, cranberries, lingonberries and exotic tamarillo.  Its supple palate is nicely balanced with natural acidity and lingering juicy tannins.

~ Jennifer Schell