Sip Canadian Wine from a BC Family Winery
The wines of Recline Ridge Vineyard and Winery have been winning awards since 2000, soon after Mike Smith brought his first wines into production on this small family-run winery in the Shuswap region of rural British Columbia. When he started, people scoffed, saying he would never succeed in growing wine grapes at 51 degrees north latitude. Grounding his plan in research and experimentation with varieties that produce world class wines in the Rhine regions, he nurtured white Optima, Siegerrebe, Ortega, Madeline Angevine, Madeline Sylvaner, and red Marechal Foch vines until they matured, and soon met with enough success to merit opening a winery on the Recline Ridge Estate to make the wines as well as grow the grapes.
In 2010, when Mike Smith was ready to retire, Graydon and Maureen Ratzlaff were ready to shut down their busy urban careers in the Lower Mainland near Vancouver, British Columbia and make a lifestyle change to a slower-paced rural environment. Building on his experience in the food and beverage industry, Graydon had the knowledge and network to develop and market the wines they produce on this small acreage at the foot of Tappen Mountain, where the ridge at the foot of the rows of vines looks like a giant reclining on his back. Collaborating with the wine master, Jesse Steinley, he enjoys the creative element of blending their own grapes and developing new wines. As they build on their initial success, they continue to expand the tasting bar and gift shop, where Maureen welcomes visitors for individual and group wine-tastings at the tasting bar or on the patio.
Recline Ridge Vineyard and Winery , Tappen BC
Recline Ridge is one of many hidden wineries in the Shuswap region north of the Okanagan. As each pioneer winery succeeds, new ones open.
If You Go
Recline Ridge Winery is open year round:
May and September, 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
June, July, and August, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Call for hours 250-835-2212.
Visits between November 1 - March 31 are by appointment only.
BC Wines from Recline Ridge Vineyard & Winery
A few of their recent wines stand out:
- The fruity Ortega 2008 was a Gold medal winner at the All Canadian Wine Championships in 2010.
- The Kerner 2011 has a complex flavour with a Riesling edge.
- The Marechal Foch 2009 has a fruity, spicey flavour with a smokey finish, and was a Bronze medal winner at the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival in 2010. The Marechal Foch varieties have been the most successful red wine grape to grow at Recline Ridge, this far north.