Like the Kettle Valley Railway, the vineyard of the same name has a history in the Naramata community. For twenty years the winery has been making wines - and growing grapes even before the small wineries were given license to commercially sell their product. The home based tasting room is indicative of the pioneering spirit of the winemakers who chose the Okanagan to forge a new industry, just as the KV Railway connected the orchardists to new markets.
Winemaking started as a hobby but became more of an obsession for owners Bob Ferguson and Tim Watts. Deciding their city digs were not appropriate for winemaking, and wanting to grow their own grapes, the families found acreages on the Naramata Bench and applied their scientific skills to the process of developing varietals that would become robust wines.
Staying with the railway theme they chose names like Caboose, Brakeman’s Select and their signature red blend Old Main Red. Wines here sell from $22 to $38.