Painted Rock is the new star of B.C., the top finisher from B.C. in the 2011 Canadian Wine Awards. ~ David Lawrason, National Post

Our Vineyards

Vineyard Map L4

CHARDONNAY : L4

2005
clone: 76
rootstock: 3309
planted: 1000

2006
new: 0
replaced: 0

L3

CHARDONNAY : L3

2006
clone: 76
rootstock: 3309
planted: 475

L2

CHARDONNAY : L2

2005
clone: 548
rootstock: 3309
planted: 2000

2006
new: 0
replaced: 0

L1

CHARDONNAY : L1

2006
clone: 548
rootstock: 3309
planted: 1575

K2

CABERNET SAUVIGNON : K2

2005
clone: 191
rootstock: Riparia
planted: 2000

2006
new: 75
replaced: 25

K1

CABERNET SAUVIGNON : K1

2005
clone: 169
rootstock: 3309
planted: 2000

2006
new: 75
replaced: 25

J4

SYRAH : J4

2006
clone: 174
rootstock: 101-14
planted: 208

J3

SYRAH : J3

2006
clone: 174
rootstock: 101-14
planted: 127

J2

SYRAH : J2

2006
clone: 99
rootstock: 101-14
planted: 500

J1

SYRAH : J1

2005
clone: 100
rootstock: 3309
planted: 6000

2006
clone: 174
new: 0
replaced: 65

M

SYRAH : M

2005
clone: 99
rootstock: 101-14
planted: 6000

2006
new: 500
replaced: 50

E3

MALBEC : E3

2005
clone: 589
rootstock: 3309
planted: 2000

2006
new: 225
replaced: 0

E2

MERLOT : E2

2006
clone: 181
rootstock: 3309
planted: 925

E1

PETITE VERDOT : E1

2005
clone: 400
rootstock: Riparia
planted: 2000

C2

CABERNET FRANC : C2

2005
clone: 214
rootstock: 3309
planted: 3000

2006
new: 0
replaced: 50

C1

CABERNET FRANC : C1

2005
clone: 327
rootstock: Riparia
planted: 3000

2006
new: 0
replaced: 50

D2

MERLOT : D2

2006
clone: 181
rootstock: 3309
planted: 500

D1

MERLOT : D1

2005
clone: 347
rootstock: Riparia
planted: 6000

2006
new: 0
replaced: 0

A

MERLOT : A

2005
clone: 181
rootstock: 3309
planted: 3843

2006
new: 26
replaced: 22

B

MERLOT : B

2005
clone: 181
rootstock: Riparia
planted: 2157

2006
new: 14
replaced: 13

Painted Rock was once the centre of the largest apricot orchard in the British Commonwealth. Braeside Farms harvested apricots here from the early 1900s until the orchard was felled in response to the gypsy moth infestation of the late 1980s. The property, known locally as "The Blackhawk" laid fallow while under the ownership of another winery until we acquired and contoured it in 2004 and planted in 2005.

Our primary planting strategy was to plant the five classic Bordeaux red varieties and a small estate white, and we chose to plant Chardonnay. Because we are 100% estate, we wanted to provide our winemaker with the greatest breadth of blending options. To that end we planted two clones of every variety, which provides the primary blending opportunity and adds complexity. When we had decided on the best locations, and quantities for our core planting we were left with five prime acres in the middle of the vineyard. After exploring many options I was constantly reminded of a comment John Schreiner made to me when he first learned that I bought the “Blackhawk”, “Are you planting Syrah?” he asked, “I think it may be the grape of the Okanagan”. I don’t think anyone knows the wineries of the Okanagan better than John and my taking him up on his suggestion honours the fact that not only did I trust his opinion, I knew that other wineries would share their successes and enthusiasm with him and he would indeed have an inside track.