From a small vineyard project in 2006, Okanagan Crush Pad has grown to become a recognized leader, with a vision that is helping shape the way wine is made in Canada’s Okanagan Valley; a rare winegrowing region this is home to both an arid desert landscape, and snow. In 2011 owners Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie built Okanagan Crush Pad, a 30,000-case facility that offers custom crush services in addition to producing its own wines, Haywire and Narrative. Now, with chief winemaker Matt Dumayne at the helm and with the guidance of Alberto Antonini and Pedro Parra, fundamental commitments include organic farming, new vineyard plantings that respect the land and wildlife by employing biodiversity and natural winemaking. Wines are crafted in concrete tanks using native yeasts, and few, if any winemaking inputs, to allow the terroir of our exceptional place to shine through. We are at the beginning of our journey and have a growing appreciation of the dedication and passion required to craft fine natural wine and respect for our peers who aspire to a “less is more” philosophy of farming and winemaking.
Certified Organic by PACS - Pacific Agricultural Certification Society (2014, 16-679)
This grower-maker farms some of their grapes themselves and buys-in others.
- Size of their farm: 150 (ha)
- Size of farm under vine: 45 (ha)
- Not all grapes are dry-farmed. Some are irrigated (Drip irrigation).
- All grapes are harvested manually.
Average production of wine: 360000 (btl)