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Lightning Rock Winery

Stewardship of farmland. The connection between farmer and plant, vigneron and vine. Giving sweat and time and taking the fruit each season. Its health will define the final wines. The memory created. The farmer knows to take care of the vines. They know the benefits of the bugs and hawks. The worms and weeds. The curses of fire and disease. Water is life. A breeze has a purpose... It takes real work. Real care.

We are the lucky stewards of three unique pinot noir producing vineyards in Summerland, BC. Each of them expresses very distinct terroir through the wines, despite being located mere kilometres apart.

Elysia Vineyard
Home to the winery, this vineyard was  planted in 2006, this vineyard overlooks Okanagan Lake to the east and primarily gets the early and midday sun. Between the very steep slope and a mix of limestone and decomposed granite soil, this is an ideal place for vines to thrive. Here we have Pinot Noir, Viognier and Syrah. We are able to make a variety of delicious wines. With panoramic views from Peachland to Penticton, it is a truly amazing place to work and live.

Canyonview Vineyard
Planted in 2003 on the precipice of the Trout Creek Canyon, this vineyard has been immaculately cared for by vineyard manager Garth Purdy from day one, and he continues to do so to this day. This south-facing vineyard has sandy soil that is dotted with large granite stones, producing spectacular Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from two large terraces.

St. Katharina's Vineyard
Planted in 1968, this was one of the first vineyards planted with Pinot Noir in Summerland and the Valley. Located on a south-east facing terraced slope, this vineyard lay untended for over seven years. Through a minimal pruning and lots of love, we have brought it back into production. This wild place only receives two deep watering’s a year, and the plants resemble small trees that have come into their natural balance. Truly a one of a kind property and vineyard

These are the places we do the work we do. We are grateful to do this work. When we bring fruit out of the fields and into the cellar, it is with many many hands. The skins and seeds and stems are composted, recycled, renewed back into the soil. Giving the energy back to the vine.