Larch Hills Winery.
This little winery has a big personality and holds some amazing titles in wine country like being the oldest winery in the north (they opened back in 1997) and being the highest altitude winery in North America! Nestled into the cozy wooded hills of Salmon Arm, the vineyards of Larch Hills truly have a spectacular view. Owners Jack and Hazel Manser have planted the perfect varietals that thrive in this cooler climate resulting in their wines winning awards galore. Just recently they won big at the Northwest Wine Summit Awards: 1 Gold medal– Tamarack Rosé; 4 Silver medals- Foch Reserve, Lemberger, Mad Angie & Riesling and 5 Bronze medals- Ortega, Grandview Bench, Northern Lights, Pinot Gris & Siegerrebe.
Larch Hills grows all European varietals on their property with whites: Ortega, Madeline Angevine, Madeleine Sylvaner, Siegerrebe and red varietal called Agria. Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer, Foch and Merlot are sourced from contract vineyards but all wines are created at their winery.
Hazel Manser, who also is the lovely face that will greet you in the wine shop, says that they are busier than ever with wine sales jumping up this year! She says “People love to come here and say that we have the best wine in the valley.” They are proud of what they have grown and accomplished as their region becomes a destination in wine country.
~ Jennifer Schell