Wine Tasting Two Ways
We offer two separate tasting experiences at Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards: still wines and sparkling wines. We keep it friendly, informative and fun. It’s wine, not politics.
SAMPLE THE STILL
Located at the tasting bar up front, our extra-friendly and knowledgeable wine tasting staff will walk you through a sampling of our still wines – grown within a stone’s throw of the tasting room counter.
SIP THE SPARKLING
Located at The Sparkling Bar, overlooking the vineyard and Okanagan Lake, our sparkling tasting offers a few different experiences. You can taste just Fitz sparkling, or try it within a flight of sparkling wines – like Cava, Prosecco or Champagne – from around the world. Your call. Costs vary depending on your selected tasting.
A One-Of-A-Kind Sparkling Wine Tour
Love sparkling wine? Know someone who loves sparkling wine? You’re going to want to take our tour. It’s in-depth, and takes just over an hour, but we keep it fun and interesting, plus it includes tastings and ends with a glass of sparkling wine you’re free to take out to our patio. Tours are daily at 11am and 2pm with a maximum of 12 guests. Book ahead to avoid missing out.
Here's What You'll See And Do
We'll gather in our Sparkling Wine Room where we’ll pour you a welcome glass of our Interloper Gewürztraminer, and give you a quick introduction to Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards.
Glass in hand, we’ll guide you out to the vineyard where’ll we’ll talk a bit about what makes our vineyard site distinct—our bench site, soil composition, lake effect, Mt. Eneas, The Mischief and our mature vines. We’ll also discuss our viticultural approach, and how we grow great wine.
We’ll move along to the crush deck to discuss how we handle our estate-grown grapes after harvest using a sophisticated Willmes press system, gravity flow and Albrigi stainless steel tanks.
Down into the barrel room where we will do a component testing of the grapes traditionally used in Champagne that we grow on site: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier. We’ll also talk about the use of barrels in sparkling and their effects on the finished wine.
The caves are the heart of sparkling wine production. We’ll unlock the Fitz gates and proceed up the ramp to our riddling and cellaring area. Here we’ll discuss traditional method sparkling wine and some of the specifics of sparkling production like tirage, the importance of lees aging and precise temperature control. We’ll also talk a bit about the history and traditions of Champagne.
We finish with a Q&A back in the gathering room for a private, guided Fitz Brut tasting with either our President or Winemaker. You’re also free to take your Fitz Brut and wander out to the deck and stare at the lake. We won’t take offense.
Signature Tour (1 Hour, 15 Minutes)
Cost $30, includes sampling.
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