Burrowing Owl Estate Winery is devoted to crafting world-class wines in an environmentally-sustainable manner. Founder Jim Wyse’s commitment to striving for balance in all things inspires everything that’s done at Burrowing Owl. In the vineyard, a natural balance is maintained by recruiting bluebirds and bats to help control harmful insects; at the winemaking facilities, state-of-the-art technology is employed along with traditional winemaking methods. Remarkable for its strikingly beautiful setting, as well as its environmental leadership, the winery has become a destination for wine lovers around the globe. Burrowing Owl Estate Winery’s success has also benefited our feathered friends, as the winery supports conservation work that is helping the endangered Burrowing Owl make a comeback in British Columbia.
Stephen Neumann is the Brand Ambassador at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, a role that entails marketing of the brand and sales of our wines in domestic and international markets, as well as hosting educational experiences both at and away from the winery.
Stephen is originally from Quebec (Montreal) and Ontario (London) and moved to the Okanagan Valley along with his wife after having spent some time in Napa, California where he was employed at Opus One Winery as a Guest Experience Coordinator. Stephen earned his Level 3 WSET certificate at the Napa Valley Wine Academy, and also graduated at the top of his class earning the “Management Award” from the Culinary Institute of America with an Associate degree in Culinary Arts, specializing in Wine Studies.
Our Chardonnay program is rooted in the sandy soils of our home Burrowing Owl Vineyard on the Black Sage Bench in Oliver, British Columbia. The semi-arid climate and significant diurnal shifts in temperature of our region provide ideal conditions for fruit ripeness, phenolic development and the retention of fresh, natural acidity in our grapes. This grants us the ability to pick fruit earlier, allowing us to showcase the age and varied clones of our Chardonnay vines and highlight the nuanced complexity of our wines with a purposeful selection of yeast strains used for fermentations. Our Chardonnays lean toward a slightly fuller and fruit-forward style, permitting a well-integrated and focused barrel program to compliment the fruit notes and subtleties of flavour within.
Domaine Laroche in a few words.
• Owner of 90 hectares, in the best « crus » of Chablis with 12 Premiers Crus and 4 Grands Crus, Chablis Saint Martin is the flagship in more than 90 countries.
• More than 1000 years of History. In l’Obédiencerie, birth place of Chablis in the Middle Age.
• Cellars from the IXth century
• Their XIIIth century press is one of the most remarkable masterpiecs in the burgundian wine-producing region
• The Saint Martin relics were hidden for a decade at the end of the IXth century.
• The historical cellars are kept alive by ageing all our premier and grand crus there.
• The favourite ageing containers are the 228l « piece » and the « demi-muids ».
• Domaine Laroche follows the agro ecological principles: no pesticide & no herbicide
• The vineyard has got the high environmental value certification level 3A
• All estate wines are vegan certified
Domaine Laroche is on the TOP 100 of Wine & Spirits Magazine - among the 15 French estates, among the 5 Burgundy estates, only estate in Chablis
Romain Chevrolat comes from a family of Champagne winemakers, originally from Les Riceys, a commune renowned for its famous Rosé-des-Riceys wine, located nearly 50km from Chablis.
Growing up in the southern Champagne region soon sparked his interest in the world of wine and led him to begin his university career in Reims.
He graduated as an oenologist from Dijon University in 2015 and trained at Maison Louis Latour and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.
From Champagne to Burgundy, Romain then moved down to the Rhône Valley to work at Domaine E. Guigal as an oenologist in 2018.
After some great successes over the last 5 vintages, he wanted to get back to the Kimmeridgian subsoil that is typical of Chablis and similar to his roots in Les Riceys.
He has joined Domaine Laroche since the beginning of July 2023 to continue revealing the exceptional terroirs and finesse of the wines.
Chablis is located in northern France in a cool continental climate region, Burgundy. Winter can be harsh. Summer is often warm but short. The blessing of the place is probably that a dry, sunny period appears in September, when grapes ripen. Cool climate is a question of terroir in Chablis. Chablis is born cool. The climate definitely influences the style of the wines: steely, pure, crisp and remarkably mineral.
Domaine Laroche vineyards are situated in the North of Burgundy, in the Yonne department, between Paris and Beaune, close to Champagne
Appellations & Planted areas (ha) – total 5589ha
Petit Chablis : Planted area (ha) 1082/19%
Chablis (yield 60 hl/ha) Planted area (ha) 3626/66%
Chablis Premier Cru (17 climats, yield 58 hl/ha) Planted area (ha) 780/14%
Chablis Grand Cru (7 climats, yield 54 hl/ha) Planted area (ha) 101/1%
• 100% CHARDONNAY
• 5589 Hectares
• 284 147 hl Annual Production
• 379 Producers
• 33% of Burgundy white wines
• 18% of the total Burgundy wine production
The typical Chablis limestone soils of Kimmeridgien with the presence of fossils and exogira virgula. Continental climate with cold winter, spring frost, warm summer and mild autumn.
Domaine Laroche is one of the few producers in Burgundy to preserve its own vineyard ID
Reproducing new plants from our old vines from more than 50 years:
• To keep the vineyard genetic inheritance
• To keep and improve our wines characteristics (aromas,..)
• To respond to the sanitary issues and wood diseases thanks to genetic diversity
• To ensure the durability of our vineyard by cloning our old vines and adapt to new climate conditions
• The program started in 2011 observing the vineyards from 1950 in Chablis Grand Cru Les Blanchots. This Massale Selection was planted in 2018 in Chablis Grand Cru LES CLOS
Biodynamics methods on the Grands Crus
Why: Use the soil and the environment of the vine as a source of energy for the plant to strengthen its immunity and
its adaptation to climate change
How: Creation of a Biodynamic workshop at the Estate / Training of the team
Preparation in our historical cellars : 500P(cow dung) then dynamization with plants (yarrow, chamomile
feverfew, oak bark, dandelion, valerian)
Spraying on moist and heated ground
When: 2 to 3 times a year: after harvest, at bud burst, between flower and veraison.
Natural Seeding Cover
• After the harvest, the technical team sows a mix of seeds : Oat, Peas, Chinees radish, Turnip, Lentils
Benefits for vineyard:
✓ To stimulate the ground biodiversity
✓ To bring naturally nutritional elements to the vine in the springtime when dismantling the soil (nitrogen)
✓ To reduce erosion as 35% of our vineyard are planted on the steep hills
✓ To give a better structure to solid soils because of the use of heavy machines (natural aeration of the ground)
The Evolution of Pruning
Why: The winters being less cold, the vine has a shorter rest period and an early budburst.
The late frosts in Chablis prompted us to adapt the size of the vineyard.
How: Pre-pruning in double guyot from December to February to prepare the fruiting baguette Peeling
(known as “Plumage” in Beaune) to delay budding in March
Biodiversity is our priority
• Domaine Laroche is the only Estate in the region (Yonne department) to have signed a partnership with the league for birds protection. 10 bird nests have been installed in Vaudevey.
• We therefore take part in the reintroduction of the Athéna owl in our vineyards which has the capacity to eradicate up to 400 worms to replace the use of insecticides.
• Bat houses have been installed in Languedoc
Bodega Catena Zapata is credited to be the pioneer Argentine wine producer from the renowned wine region of Mendoza. Founded in 1902 by Italian immigrant Nicola Catena, Catena Zapata has been producing outstanding wines ever since. Dr. Nicolas Catena Zapata, a 3rd generation winemaker in pursuit for fresher, colder and more challenging terroir started the high-altitude revolution in Argentina. He began by planting for the first time at 1.500 m.a.s.l in Gualtallary, in the Uco Valley giving birth to the renowned, 100-point Adrianna Vineyard.
Currently, Bodega Catena Zapata is managed by a 4th generation vintner, Stanford and Harvard physician, Dr. Laura Catena, who also created the Catena Institute of Wine in 1995. The institute’s mission is to continue elevating our historic variety Malbec and our Argentine winemaking regions for another 100 years. Today, the team of the Catena Institute of Wine is dedicated to studying every meter, every rock, every insect and microorganism in the Adrianna Vineyard, making it perhaps the most studied vineyard in the world.
The Catena Wine institute’s first “parcelas” (lot) project, gave birth to the most famous, high-scoring and high-altitude chardonnays in Argentina: The Adrianna White Bones and White Stones.
Marina is a true citizen of the world. Born and raised in Argentina, she has also lived in Canada and China, and speaks several languages: Spanish, English, French, Portuguese and a bit of Chinese. She holds a Masters in Global Communications from a joint program between SFU Vancouver and CUC Beijing. While in Canada, Marina worked at Kitsilano Wine Cellar where she fell in love with wine and was offered the position of Catena Zapata Brand Ambassador in Asia-Pacific. Now back in Vancouver, Marina is working as Catena Zapata export manager for Canada and brand ambassador for the USA.
Marina’s wine passion started by accident when she moved to Mendoza to pursue her BA in International Relations. She was invited to an “Asado” (Argentina’s sacred BBQ) where the only drink offered was wine, and when she asked for another beverage (she didn’t like wine at all at the time!), she was told: “This is Mendoza, you either drink wine or die out of thirst.” She did so very obediently, and Marina and wine have been best friends ever since. A very oaky and fruit-forward Malbec was her first love.
Marina is passionate about making a difference in the world. For the last decade she has belonged to JCI, a group of young people dedicated to creating positive change, locally and globally. Marina has represented Argentina as the captain of the debating team in a JCI World Congress. Her public speaking skills have become legendary among Catena Zapata’s importers in Asia!
During her free time, Marina enjoys meditation and dancing Salsa and Bachata.
The cool climate component in Mendoza, Argentina and therefore at Bodega Catena Zapata comes from altitude. Nicolas Catena Zapata in the 90s planted our stellar vineyard: “Adrianna” in Gualtallary, a sub-appellation of the Tupungato IG in the Uco Valley at 1500 m.a.s.l with a single goal in mind: to find the coolest location for growing vines in Mendoza. Ever since, Bodega Catena Zapata is regarded to be the pioneer of high-altitude viticulture producing the most prestigious wines from Argentina.
In terms of the Winkler classification, a method developed in California to add degrees and categorize regions according to their climate, the weather at Adrianna is between zone 1 and zone 2 depending on the year, putting it between Burgundy and a very cool part of Bordeaux.
Over the next few years the wines consistently proved to have more minerality and more acidity than wines from other sites in the Southern Uco Valley at lower altitudes. Much of the difference lies in the hours of sunlight and in the brightness of the sun, which permits photosynthesis to run freely and ripen aromas and tannins (in reds), while the cool climate allows the vines to preserve acids and keep the sugars in check. In the lower-altitude areas of Mendoza in the East, most musts need to be acidified, but the natural grape acidities at Adrianna and are optimal, and no additives are necessary to balance wines.
The geologic origin of the Adrianna vineyard dates to the Eocene period, over 50 million years ago when the Andes Mountains were formed, and volcanoes and earthquakes ruled the land. Volcanic subsoil holds one of the secrets of Adrianna: it’s phenomenal drainage. No matter how hard it rains, it is impossible to get very high yields or botrytis rot
Located in BC’s South Okanagan, Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars is distinctive among Canadian wineries in that all its wines are produced exclusively from grapes grown on the estate’s vineyards.
To the Mavety family, “estate” means more than a piece of land; it extends to the practices of both viticulture and wine making by the same owner-operators. Currently owners Ian, Jane, Matt, and Christie Mavety continue to work to realize the potential of the region, utilizing sustainable farming methods and winemaking practices.
Blue Mountain produces complex, age-worthy varietal wines that are consistent in style while allowing the expression of both the terroir and individual growing season. In the burgeoning wine industry of the Okanagan Valley, Blue Mountain can make the rare claim of over 45 years of continuous grape production by one family.
At Blue Mountain, it also means the use of 100% estate-grown grapes. Following the estate concept to its fullest extent sets Blue Mountain apart from most North American wineries. The Mavety’s acquired the land in 1971, overlooking Vaseux Lake. The prized geography of undulating hills and mountain protection was swiftly recognized to offer varying micro-climates. Focusing on varietal wines made from Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Gamay Noir, and Pinot Noir, Blue Mountain strives to produce complex, age-worthy wines, consistent in style while allowing the expression of both the terroir and the individual growing season. Blue Mountain specializes in sparkling wine made in the Methode Traditionnelle style with a minimum of 24 months on tirage.
A second-generation member of the Mavety family that owns and operates Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars, Christie grew up on the winery property but left after high school to study and to gain work experience. She earned a B.A. and a Bachelor of Applied Design as well as completing the International Sommelier Guild diploma program. In her current position, Christie is responsible for both domestic and international sales and marketing. She manages the Blue Mountain tasting room in addition to representing the winery at events, providing agency support and management, and overseeing the development of the wine packaging. She enjoys sharing her passion for wine with others, and never tires of communicating with people about the unique qualities of the Blue Mountain estate and wines.
32 ha of vineyard, all estate fruit (all about control in the vineyards to maximize the potential quality of a vintage). 8 ha of Chardonnay planted with 6 clones in numerous topographic locations. We work with both conventional plant spacing (4000 plants per ha) and high density plant spacing (8000 plants per ha). The key to our work is isolating the different blocks of Chardonnay, working with indigenous yeast, and taking advantage of both stainless steel and barrel fermentation lots. We have been pushing for more wood ferment and experimenting in with a variety of vessel sizes.
We use chardonnay for both still wines and sparkling wine. Sparkling wines with both a traditional Pinot noir and Chardonnay blend but also a longer aged Blanc de Blancs (6-7 years en tirage).
Boschendal lies between the Simonsberg and Drakenstein mountains an hour’s drive from Cape Town. The name Bos-en-dal, or wood and valley, reveals its essence: a breathtakingly beautiful valley basin of 1800 hectares. Location, the sheer scale, natural splendour and history make exploring Boschendal compelling. It beguiles and inspires wonder with its unique spirit of place.
One of the most established and iconic wine estates in South Africa, Boschendal constantly strives to balance tradition and innovation in wine making, appealing to a new generation of wine lovers whilst continuing to create wines with signature finesse and elegance – where one can taste the terroir in each glass.
With cottages scattered across the vast expanse and changing landscapes of the property, guests have a chance to immerse themselves into the many layers of South Africa’s second oldest wine farm. Dating back to 1685, Boschendal is a place where generations of families have worked. It is these combinations of stories and histories, mythical landscapes and mysterious mountains that compel repeat visits. Great places need time for understanding and the unravelling of their complexities.
Located near the Franschhoek Valley deep inside the Cape’s Floral Kingdom, it is a place where over 600 species of fynbos and 1000 hectares of protected nature reserve intertwine with our fruit orchards. It is a spectacular, bio-diverse environment. It is a place where grass-fed Angus cattle, forest-fed pigs and free range chickens work alongside our farmers to replenish and revitalise the soils. It is a place where our ducks help gardeners grow exquisite bio-dynamic produce for our two restaurants – we very much like the idea of farming and cooking with nature, and not against it. It is a place where guests can swim in our dams and feel comfortable picking fruit from our orchards – we like sharing our extraordinary produce. The only choice to make is whether to explore this magical place by foot, by pedal or by horse.
We recognize the uniqueness of this place as there are few places like it and feel strongly that this exceptionalism should define every guest experience. Experiences that replenish, re-energise and reveal the magic of farm living.
There is something special happening at Boschendal. We hope to see you on the farm soon!
For a lucky few, there is a definitive moment when the world quietly slips away, and all that remains is an inspired instant between you and the wine that leaves you awestruck. For others, it’s a special memory that confirms your love for wine. For Danielle Jacobs, Méthode Cap Classique Winemaker at Boschendal, it was a combination of both. At just 11 years old, Danielle’s uncle inspired her to be a winemaker with his tales of studying winemaking and viticulture from Elsenburg. Yet, it was not until Danielle’s first harvest and tasting through some particularly memorable wines that a deeper love for winemaking blossomed:
“Reaping the reward after months of hard work is a profound moment for any winemaker. I’ve also been majorly influenced by some incredible wines I’ve had the privilege of trying, including a 2010 Château de Myrat Sauternes Grand Cru, a 2007 Costers del Siurana Priorat Miserere, a 2013 AA Badenhorst White Blend and of course, the 2008 Boschendal Jean Le Long”.
While studying viticulture and oenology at Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute, Danielle had her first encounter with the camaraderie and openness that exists within the wine world. This spirit of community and willingness to share knowledge motivated her to continue along with her vocation.
Before Boschendal, Danielle was the winemaker and farm manager at a boutique winery for several years and it was during this formative time that Danielle cemented her approach to winemaking. “It may sound super cliché, but it still rings true - you need good grapes to make good wine. You can make bad wine from good grapes, but you cannot make good wine from bad grapes,” she explains. Beyond that, she believes that meticulous attention to detail and a “kick-ass palate” are cornerstones to sound winemaking.
The grapes for the Boschendal Appellation Elgin Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are from the cool Elgin region of South Africa. Elgin is one of the coolest wine growing regions in our country and only 40 minutes from Cape Town and 15 kilometres from the Indian Ocean.
80% of the land in Elgin is used for apple and pear production, but what makes the region suitable for apples and pears, makes it even better for wine. The cooling afternoon sea breezes have a major cooling effect in this region. The valley is elevated (200 -500 metres altitude), but also surrounded by mountains, so at night all the cool air moves down to the elevated valley. In summer when the south east is blowing, the clouds builds up against the mountains which results in more cloud cover and thus reducing canopy temperature.
In South Africa where we have warm and sunny weather, this is good for quality. It is this proximity to the ocean with the daily cooling sea breezes, the slightly higher altitude and a bit of extra cloud cover that make Elgin such and great area to produce premium Chardonnay and Pinot noir. This cooler grower conditions results in slower ripening and effectively a longer hanging time on the vine.
Most of our vineyards in Elgin is planted on weathered shale soils. These soils have a very good water holding capacity due to the higher clay contents and only needs supplementary irrigation in the very dry summers. The average rainfall in Elgin is around 900 mm, and most is in the winter months, but we do also get summer rain.
The Boschendal Appellation Elgin Chardonnay 2018 is from our own Highfield farm in Elgin. Our Chardonnay vineyard is trellised and was planted in 2004. There are two clones in this vineyard CY 76 and CY277 with both origins in France. The Chardonnay vineyard is planted on a cool southern slope and exposed to the regular south- eastern and southerly winds that bring cool air every afternoon.
We do partial barrel fermentation in French Oak barrels. 15% in new 300 litre barrels, 20 % in 2500 litre Foudre’s, 35% in second fill 300 litre barrels, and 30% in 3rd fill 300 litre barrels. 30% of the wine went through malolactic fermentation. We get very good minerality form this vineyard, as well as great structure and length, with complex flavours. The most pronounced flavours apart from the minerality and slight flintiness is the citrus, lemon, grapefruit and some tropical notes.
The Boschendal Appellation Elgin Pinot Noir 2016 is from the highest planted vineyard site in Elgin. This vineyard is 500 metres above sea level. We have both clones PN777 and PN115 in this vineyard. The vineyard is on top of a hill and very exposed to cooling winds. Due to the altitude and cooler breezes the yield in this vineyard is very low (5 t/ha). The vineyard is fastidiously managed to achieve classic varietal character.
The Jean Le Long 2008 grapes are from two Chardonnay vineyards. The one vineyard is on the higher slopes of the Simonsberg, and the other vineyards from a cool site in Stellenbosch very close to the Indian Ocean and very exposed to cooling see breezes.