Shuttleworth Creek Vineyard
Purchased in 2011, Shuttleworth Vineyard is steeped in the history of Okanagan Falls, which historically had been cattle ranch country. This particular site was farmed as a hay field for 30 years (see photo, right) and was home to cattle for much of this time. Shuttleworth Creek runs along the east edge and cuts through the north side of the vineyard, hence the name given to the vineyard
This land was selected recognizing that Pinot Noir was likely to be an excellent variety for its terroir. Located just 2 kms north of Stag’s Hollow’s home site, the heat units, soil geology and air drainage were expected to deliver the quality that Okanagan Falls wineries have become known for, particularly for Pinot Noir. Stepping out of the box, two well known Spanish varieties were planted – Albariño and Tempranillo, and two not so well known Italian varieties – Dolcetto and Teroldego, both up and coming in the Pacific Northwest. In each case the varieties were selected as it was felt they would be very well suited to the site’s micro climate. We have been impressed with the quality of the fruit that has been grown so far on this site.