Larch Hills Winery is a land-based, family run vineyard and winery, owned by Jack and Hazel Manser. All our product is proudly made from 100% British Columbia grapes, either from our main vineyard just south of Salmon Arm (also the location of the winery and our home), or from contracted vineyards farther south in the Okanagan Valley. All our wines are made and bottled on our premises at Salmon Arm. We specialize in cool climate grape growing, and have varieties that are generally not available in other parts of BC. We think this makes our wines unique.
Iin 1987, the land was total bush. No-one had grown European varietal wine grapes this far north before. In 1992, after experimenting to find the right types of grape for our climate, we began planting in earnest. We now grow all European varietals - ORTEGA, MADELEINE ANGEVINE, MADELEINE SYLVANER and SIEGERREBE are our whites, and AGRIA is our red. PINOT NOIR, GEWURZTRAMINER, FOCH, and MERLOT are sourced from our contract vineyards. All grapes are crushed, processed, and the wine made right on our premises. We opened our winery in April 1997 with a small release of what has become a signature wine for us -- Ortega (vintage 1995). Since then, our vineyards have developed to full production, and we have been able to add many other varieties to our list of releases.