Arrow Lakes Vineyard
Nestled in the heart of the pristine interior rain forest of British Columbia and one of the finest fruit growing regions in Canada. Arrow Lakes Vineyard produces spectacular grapes, naturally, with no pesticides, fungicide or herbicides.
Vines matched to terroir. Arrow Lakes Vineyard is like no other - clean Monashee Mountain air, spectacular sunshine, fresh rain, and sandy soil are complemented by our vineyard design and environmental management practices. We tested 30 varieties of grape varieties over 10 years and have chosen the vines that make the best wine and those that are best suited to the Arrow Lakes Vineyard mesoclimate and growing conditions.
Vines from noble pedigree. We grow grape varieties that were bred in France over 100 years ago and vines recently bred in Canada from classic varieties. Our vines were specifically selected for their ability to make amazing wines and having resistance to common grape fungus and disease.
We use environmentally sustainable production practices. This means we use practices like cover crops to produce nitrogen and build soil organic content and we strategically manage our water use. It’s nothing new really and a lot like farming practices from 100 years ago but we’re using technology to make those practices even better.
No Pesticides or Herbicides
We practice environmental stewardship. Where other vineyards eliminate growth under their vines and spray chemicals several times per year to eliminate insects and weeds, we leave an undisturbed area under our vines that encourages a natural habitat for maintaining an insect balance. This ensures that insects that could be problematic to our grapes are kept in check while protecting Bees and other important insects.
We pass on the chemicals. Other vineyards spray every 10 days, but we don’t spray at all. We choose grape varieties have a natural resistance to fungus and we also use cultural techniques that further reduce the potential development of fungus.
We are water conscious. We use wider spacing between our rows to allow more area per vine for rain fall utilization and we till between the rows so no moisture is lost to grass or weeds. Drip irrigation is used to supplement the rain in only the driest years and we only use enough water to sustain the vines during the dry periods. This means a smaller crop per acre but it ensures sustainable production and minimal environmental impact to our rivers and streams.
Zero Power Irrigation
We use the forces of nature. Our irrigation system is gravity fed from our own mountain spring 100 feet above our vineyard, but we rarely use it.