The 2020 season started with a long, cool, wet spring. Mid July the much anticipated heat arrived which lasted through to September. October followed with warm days and cool nights, perfect conditions for hanging fruit to develop flavour whilst retaining acidity, which gives our wines the backbone and structure our site is renowned for. This hang time came to an abrupt end with a very early snow storm that swept through the valley bringing snow to the vineyard floor. Fortunately the flavours were good and it was all hands on deck to bring all the remaining grapes into the cellar. Overall yields were balanced and the fruit was clean and healthy, evolving into elegant wines with bright acidity. We can't wait to share the new wines with you!
It was 20+ degrees in the Okanagan over the weekend so it is safe to say that Spring has sprung. Who doesn't love the start of Spring? The days are longer, the sun is shining, the flowers start to bloom and it is time for outdoor BBQ's and beach picnics. We thought to help celebrate all these things a special offer on the Fitz Brut was in order. Though remember, sparkling wine is not only for special occasions. It is delicious any time of the day and pairs better with food than most other wines.
The 2016 Fitz Brut is a blend of 66% Chardonnay, 26% Pinot Noir, 6% Pinot Blanc and 2% Meunier all grown on our estate vineyard.
A richer, riper, fruitier style than any of our previous Fitz Bruts. Red apple nose with a plush approachable mouthfeel and upfront bubble. Almond brioche is present throughout with a nice lemon rind finish.
Limited time offer of $29.99 per bottle
Regular price: $32.99 per bottle. Offer valid until May 1st.
Also make a great Mothers Day gift!
**Wine Club Members receive 15% discount and free shipping! Log in under 'Shop' to receive your special club pricing.
WINE SHOP & ONLINE STORE
FOR OUR LOCAL FRIENDS - The Wine Shop is back open for tastings and we can't wait to welcome you!
Reservations are highly recommended as tastings will be socially distanced and seated on the outside patio overlooking Okanagan Lake. It is the perfect way to get out, enjoy the sunshine and support your local businesses.
Wine Club members receive free tastings. Contact us for the promo code - firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR OUR OUT OF AREA FRIENDS - Sadly now is not the time for visitors not residing within the Interior Health Region. But don't worry, we can happily ship you a case of Fitz for you to enjoy in your own bubble.
We are currently offering FREE SHIPPING on 6+ bottles across Canada.
19 BISTRO @ FITZ
We are so excited to welcome 19 Bistro @ Fitz to Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards this summer. Led by 19 Okanagan Grill + Bar Owner/Operator Neil Martens, Assistant General Manager Merissa Hucul, Executive Chef Scotty Powell, and Chef Geoff Molloy. 19 Bistro @ Fitz features an expansive patio overlooking the picturesque Okanagan Lake with a stunning panoramic view. Set on this patio is a brick wood fired pizza oven that Chef Scotty intends to utilize to its fullest capacity, creating seasonally inspired pizzas that are best enjoyed with a glass of Fitz Brut. Complimenting the selection of hand-crafted pizzas will be a diverse tapas menu and carefully prepared entrees. Greata Ranch is a historic agricultural property, a history that 19 Bistro will honour and build upon in all of its culinary offerings.
19 Bistro @ Fitz will open daily for lunch and dinner service as of May 1, 2021. Reservations are recommended and can be made on OpenTable
Comprehensive COVID protocols will be in place, as set out by WorkSafeBC and the BC Restaurant & Food Services Association.
The growing season gave us a mixed bag of challenges here at Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards. A long spring with more than normal rainfall and snowpack turned seemingly overnight into a hot dry summer. This very quickly gave a us a full vibrant green canopy that had us chasing to keep up. Flowering and fruit set went well, setting us up for nice balanced crop levels. As all of BC we saw a lot of smoky days from the wildfires that spread throughout the province. We had a very eventful night where a wildfire started by lightning engulfed Mt Eneas that sits right behind the vineyard and winery. Luckily we came out relatively “unscathed”, albeit slightly paranoid about smoke taint.
September cooled down quickly, with a couple of wet weeks before autumn graced us again with her presence for a nice mild October. Cool autumnal nights and warm days gave us good hang time for flavour development and was perfect for retaining our signature acidity, which will give the wines great backbone and structure.
Harvest at Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards started on September 3rd with our sparkling varieties. They came in with great acidity and freshness. We had the pleasure of a small gap to take a breather, then into the still varieties from our estate vines and the old vines at Mannhardt Vineyards. After some good autumnal hang time and a display of brilliant colours throughout the canopy, the last fruit came in near the end of October for our Meritage blend from Osooyoos. All the stills show good flavour and structure with bright acidity. Now we sit patiently as they age and develop further before going into bottle ready for spring and summer release.
With the growing season behind us, the dark winter months gives us time to regroup and plan for the next growing season. We are excited to be preparing the game-plan for converting the vineyard to organics. The goal is to annually minimise our use of chemical herbicides and to introduce biodiversity into the property. Our compost program is increasing and we look forward to the vines enjoying the extra nutrients this provides. An exciting journey towards organics at Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards.