Black Swift Vineyards is a premium wine venture based on the rapidly evolving regions of the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys. While only around 9,000 acres, these regions are distinct in the world of wine for their ability to grow a diverse array of premium vitis vinifera grapes from an assortment of macroclimates. From North to South and East to West, we enjoy a multifaceted variety of soil types, topography, environments, and people. We hope to celebrate these differences by farming numerous varietals in the localities that we feel suit them the most. In this way we hope to help share with the world the incredible depth, variety, complexity, and most importantly quality, that British Columbia wine has to offer.
Thus it is our quest to create the first exclusively single vineyard, multi-regional wine project in British Columbia; one which seeks to capture the diversity of our young, but exceptional region. We feel that it is only by focusing on the various smaller districts (which will one day no-doubt become officially recognized sub-appellations), that we can claim to pursue this project in earnest. It is our belief that this is the way to truly explore the notion of terroir in our great emerging region.
The linking of our project to the Black Swift is no coincidence. Native to the Okanagan, the rare sighting of a Black Swift is an experience prized by birders. It is famous for its high arching flight, slow and precise wing beat, and its unique reliance on a single egg for each year’s procreation. Inspired by this distinctive bird, we aspire to yield great wines…one vineyard at a time.
We hope you enjoy the wines as much as we enjoy working with the land that they are from.
For more information about Black Swift Vineyards and where you can purchase our wines, please contact Andrew Melville at Andrew@terrabella.ca