About the winery
Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery is set in the northern tip of a pocket desert in the southern Okanagan Valley. The prominent feature of the 10-hectare property is an east-west ridge bisecting the vineyard, providing southern- and northern-facing slopes. The name of the vineyard is inspired by the ridge and by the noble grape varieties growing there. The southern slopes, with hotter exposure to the sun, are ideal for Cabinet Sauvignon and Merlot varieties, which were initially planted in 1986. In 2001, Pinot Noir was also planted. The northern slopes are planted with white varieties, which thrive on the slightly cooler side of the ridge. The soils of the southern Okanagan Valley are glacial till: rocky, sandy soils mixed with gravel and bands of clay. This soil mix causes the vines to work hard for nutrients and water, and results in smaller berries with intense flavours. Noble Ridge's latitude parallels that of the Champagne, although the region receives less than twelve inches of rainfall a year. In fact, Noble Ridge lies at the northernmost tip of the only classified desert area in Canada. Restricted irrigation is used to control the growth and vigour of the vines.
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