Farm Gate Winery aims to please the taste buds with fruit, grape and hybrid wines – Penticton News
“Behind the Wine” is a new summer series that takes you behind the scenes of the iconic South Okanagan wine industry.
Conveniently located south of Penticton, just off Highway 97, Farm Gate Winery is a fantastic one-stop shop for all types of unique fruit wines and traditional grape wines.
“Opposite the winery there used to be a game farm with all kinds of exotic animals on display that you could visit,” says Chris Batt, Assistant Winemaker for Farm Gate Winery. “The gate is still there, right across the highway, so they decided to name the winery after that.”
Now is Farm Gate’s third production season, and they have a pretty impressive array of fruit and grape wines to sample, as well as a fun, well-stocked fruit stand to shop for.
Batt is a new addition to the Farm Gate production team, having joined the team last August. “I have known Peter Smits, the owner and winemaker for 17 years now,” says Batt. “Pieter came to see me one day and asked me to help him. He said there was a lot of work to be done and he needed a helping hand. I came from Edmonton, where I was living at the time to help, and have never been back.
Now, with almost a year under his belt, Batt is delighted to have experienced the majority of the wine making process.
“It was fabulous. Just a very nice trip. I got to see the whole process from crushing to bottling and now I love to see people enjoying it. We’re still bottling the wines for the 2020 season, but the first few have been really exciting, ”said Batt.
Farm Gate specializes in fruit wines, but is also exploring grape wines and has just launched a line of hybrid wines. The varieties include a blend of Pinot Gris grapes and peaches, apricots or pears, then the grapes and fruits are fermented together.
“We use a lot of the fruit that is grown in our own orchards here,” says Batt. “One of our favorites is our cherry wines, of which we have all kinds of variations.”
“I really like making hybrid wine. I love the challenge of finding the perfect blend of grapes and fruit while making sure it’s well balanced. We love a nice wine flavor with a hint of fruit to complement it. ”
One of Batt’s favorites is the Rainier Cherry Wine, which is similar to a white wine, “but with a big hint of cherry.”
What sets Farm Gate Wines apart is the abundance of fruit wine varieties and their unique execution.
“Our fruit wines are not too sweet or syrupy,” says Batt. “We make them to be quite similar to traditional wines and try to appeal to as many palates as possible. “
They also have a unique aesthetic, featuring an array of elephants in honor of the elephant-loving owner and winemaker, Pieter Smits’ mother. Farm Gate Wines also features a fun collection of labels decorated with exotic animals, like tigers, zebras and giraffes, which lived in the game farm across the highway, and cow labels. customer favorites.
Located in Kaleden, Farm Gate Winery, which is just five minutes south of Penticton, has a convenient roadside location that makes it easy to stop for a pleasant and easy tasting.
Plus, their great deals on crate bundles make storage a great and tasty idea.
“We sell affordable mixed crates for $ 88. Each case comes with 12 different full-size wine bottles, so you can try one of * almost anything, ”says Batt.
Farm Gate is open seven days a week and has a fruit stand to purchase fresh, local fruit and snacks while you visit. If the tour is not an option, Farm Gate offers delivery across Canada.
With the new 2020 wines still in the bottle, be sure to follow Farm Gate Winery on Facebook and Instagram or check their website for new and exciting offerings that are sure to appeal to any palate!