Ask anyone who grows grapes and they’ll tell you that roots are important. In our case they run very deep, as the Fitzpatrick’s respect for the land over four generations in the Okanagan has led to the establishment of four unique vineyard sites totaling 150 acres on bench lands overlooking the lakes of the Valley.
Located in Kelowna, CedarCreek was once owned by the pioneering viticulturist J.W. Hughes who planted grapes in the 1930s. Purchased by Senator Fitzpatrick in 1986, it is now home to the winery, wineshop, Terrace Restaurant and 50 acres of Pinot Noir, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Ehrenfelser. This northerly site, consisting of clay, loam and some sandy soil, is ideally suited for Pinot Noir and the white aromatics.
Situated between Peachland and Summerland, Greata Ranch was established in 1895 by George Greata and was the most prolific peach orchard in the Okanagan due to its vigorous “ratnip” soil. Since Senator Fitzpatrick purchased the property in 1994, it’s been planted with 40 acres of Pinot Noir, Merlot, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Blanc.
Near Osoyoos, Desert Ridge is adjacent to a property where the first table grapes were grown in the late 1930s. Sixty years later, the same stony soil has given way to 25 acres of Bordeaux reds; specifically Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot.
Located in Osoyoos, Haynes Creek was once grazing land that was converted to soft fruit in the 1940s. Senator Fitzpatrick’s father worked with these growers who delivered extremely ripe fruit destined for the Zenith label at the "Mac & Fitz" packing house. The sandy soils in this hot site are planted with 35 acres of the five Bordeaux reds plus Syrah and Viognier.