Phantom Creek Estates is home to estate vineyards across two distinct benches in the Okanagan Valley. Uniquely influenced by geological forces millennia in the making, today these acclaimed, historic vineyards are each farmed according to meticulous organic and biodynamic techniques.
Established in 1996 by pioneering viticulturist Richard Cleave, Phantom Creek Vineyard is consistently recognized for producing some of the best red wines in Canada. And its tiny acreage is in sharp contrast to its ability to produce powerful, opulent wines.
Located on the lower terrace of the southwest-facing Black Sage Bench, it sits just above the valley floor, ensuring full access to the warm afternoon sun. Its well-draining sandy soils were caused by streams that slowly deposited nutrient-rich sediment over thousands of years.
Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon (clones 169, 15, 191), Syrah, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Merlot
Planted in 1977 to Germanic white varieties as part of the Becker Project, Becker was replanted in 1993 to some of the first late-ripening red varieties on the Black Sage Bench. This would prove a historic shift, helping to change the winegrowing philosophy of the region and prove that Cabernet family varieties could not only survive here—they would thrive.
Located on the upper terrace of the Black Sage Bench, the steeply sloped, Southwestern-facing aspect of this vineyard receives afternoon sun, yet a more gradual growing season due to its higher elevation, producing richly concentrated and aromatic wines.
Varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Carmenere, Syrah
Planted in 2005, this acclaimed vineyard has consistently produced exceptional wines that balance ripeness with fresh acidity. Upon acquiring this vineyard in 2017, we’ve begun transitioning it to the same organic and biodynamic farming practices of our estate vineyard collection.
Kobau Vineyard is found on the Golden Mile Bench, British Columbia’s first official sub-appellation. The unique minerality in the wines grown from this vineyard are due to its complex, gravelly soils paired with early morning sunshine and afternoon shade cast by Mount Kobau.
Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Viognier, Syrah