Larch Hills Winery is a land-based, family run vineyard and winery, owned by Jack and Hazel Manser. All our product is proudly made from 100% British Columbia grapes, either from our main vineyard just south of Salmon Arm (also the location of the winery and our home), or from contracted vineyards farther south in the Okanagan Valley. All our wines are made and bottled on our premises at Salmon Arm. We specialize in cool climate grape growing, and have varieties that are generally not available in other parts of BC. We think this makes our wines unique.
In 1987, the land was total bush. Nobody had grown European varietal wine grapes so far north before. The first grapes at Larch Hills Winery were planted in 1990 by Hans and Hazel Nevrkla. After experimenting to find the best varieties suitable for our cool climate, the German varieties Ortega and Siegerrebe, plus the French varieties Madeleine Angevine and were planted. We now grow all European varietals – ORTEGA, MADELEINE ANGEVINE, MADELEINE SYLVANER and SIEGERREBE are our whites, and AGRIA is our red. PINOT NOIR, GEWURZTRAMINER, FOCH, and MERLOT are sourced from our contract vineyards. All grapes are crushed, processed, and the wine made right on our premises.
We opened our winery in April 1997 with a small release of what has become a signature wine for us — Ortega (vintage 1995). Since then, our vineyards have developed to full production, and we have been able to add many other varieties to our list of releases.