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From Vacation Home To Boutique Winery, Moraine Estate Winery Is A Dream

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Crafting the wine they want.

What do you get when you take and Albertan couple who have been vacationing in Penticton for years and a winery on the Naramata Bench that is for sale? You get the realization of a dream and some really nice wines! Oleg and Svetlana Aristarkhov opened Moraine Estate Winery a few years ago and they haven’t looked back. With the addition of award winning winemaker Jaq Kemp to the team Oleg and Svetlana are realizing their dream of crafting high quality wines and are only expecting them to get better. Situated on the eastern side of Okanagan Lake, the views from the vineyard are amazing and the Tasting Room has a nice little patio where you can picnic lunch and enjoy a glass or two of their great wines. Let’s taste!

Moraine Estate Winery

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Moraine Estate Winery is located on the Naramata Bench at 1865 Naramata Road, Penticton. One of 24 wineries that make up the Naramata Bench Winery Association, Moraine is a perfect to visit if you plan a day of touring the Bench. After all you can pretty much walk from one winery to another, except you’d need a wheelbarrow to carry all the wines you’d buy. They have two vineyards planted, each one named after one of their daughters. The vineyard that is home to the Tasting Room is called the Anastasia Estate Vineyard and has stunning views of the Lake.

Tasting Room and patio at Moraine Estate Winery

Views from the Tasting Room at Moraine Winery to Okanagan Lake

Inside the Tasting Room you are in the capable hands of Lori who knows what she is talking about and pouring. An intimate space, the Tasting Room is very comfortable and easy to navigate. Here it is about the wine pure and simple. They even have a very large installation on one wall that shows you all the wine varietals planted on their vineyards. I tried to snap a photo for you but it didn’t turn out very well. Once you’ve tried the wines you may want to sit back and relax for a bit and I couldn’t think of a nicer place than the Tasting Room patio. Order a light picnic lunch from Lori, taste some more wine and enjoy the view. A perfect afternoon.

Lori running the Tastings at Moraine Winery

Tasting Room stock at Moraine Winery

Patio at Moraine Estate Winery

Speaking of patios and wine tasting it is time for me to try some wines from Moraine Estate Winery. Oleg and Lori have chosen 3 wines for me to try. First up is the Cliffhanger White, followed by the Cliffhanger Red and last but not least the 2012 Pinot Noir. The Cliffhanger wines are beautiful high quality but every day priced wines, easy for people like me to open after a hard days work. The Pinot Noir is the wine that Moraine is starting to get some acclaim for and is absolutely delicious. I picked up a bottle of the Pinot Noir for myself Smile

After my tasting was completed I spoke with Oleg about the story behind his journey to Moraine Estate Winery and it turns out he is an engineer. With Moraine he is able to bring his background and training into use at the winery and was proud to show off some of the very cool and rare equipment he uses to make wine. Below is his own bottling line which is very high tech and of course I had visions of Lucille Ball at the Chocolate Factory expect with this equipment even I could bottle wine.

Bottling line at Moraine Estate Winery

Quick List:

  1. Are wine tasting free? A nominal charge but like most wineries if you buy some wine the tasting fee is waived.
  2. Can you eat on site? absolutely, in fact I suggest you do so you can enjoy the patio
  3. Where can I buy these wines? Certainly at the Wine Shop itself, here to find a retailer and of course online.
  4. Are they have a Facebook and Twitter? Yes you can follow them on Twitter and on Facebook.

Check out Moraine Estate Winery the next time you are on the Naramata Bench. They’ve only been open for a few years but I bet that Oleg and Svetlana are building a winery to watch. It is small boutique wineries like Moraine that make wine touring so much fun and of course here in BC we have some of the best.

Oleg in his vineyard with a bottle of Pinot Noir

Thanks to the Wines Of BC for their assistance in helping to plan and organize this adventure. Start planning your next trip to BC wine country to discover the beauty and diversity of the Wines of British Columbia. There’s excellent resources with information on the province’s wine regions and what grows there. After visiting, relive your experience by picking up a bottle (or a case) at a BC VQA Wine Store.

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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.

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