Sparkling Wine Made The Traditional Way, With Lots and Lots of Patience
We started down the road to making sparkling wine in 1994 when we purchased this site between Peachland and Summerland, and planted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay—the two primary grapes of Champagne. We just didn’t know it at the time. But as the years went by, it became clearer and clearer that this site would produce the kind of fruit that would make exceptional sparkling wine.
Sparkling Wine Made Two Ways
Our Fitz Brut and Reserve tiers of sparkling are both made in the traditional method. What sets them apart is both bottle-aging and approach. Our sparkling wines also mirror the philosophy of the grower Champagnes of France, where the wines are made only from grapes grown on the maker's estates and from a single vintage.
Fitz Brut is our signature Cuvée, which is a French term for blend. Ours is made with a combination of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and as of 2015, a hint of Meunier.
We take a vintage approach to our Brut much like the grower Champagnes of France where we adjust the blend percentages from vintage to vintage and strive to evoke a clear statement on the year, terroir and people who contributed to the wine’s development. Fitz Brut spends no less than 24 months aging on lees.
Fitz Reserve Sparklings
At present, we have two Fitz Reserve Sparkling Wines resting in our cave: a Blanc de Blancs and a Sparkling Rosé. The Blanc de Blancs is made with 100% estate grown Chardonnay, and the Sparkling Rosé is comprised of 100% Pinot Noir.
Each is made with the same vintage-specific philosophy as the Brut where showcasing the style of the year will prevail over the Champagne approach of blending for uniformity. We chose to evoke the uniqueness of time and place in each vintage. Our Reserve Sparkling Wines spends no less than 36 months aging on lees.