Recline Ridge Vineyards and Winery is family-owned and operated and nestled in the heart of the Shuswap Lake area of British Columbia. Although north of the 50th parallel, the vineyards enjoy sun-drenched days and cool evenings. The climate maximizes varietal character and sets the stage for the production of award-winning wines noted for their clean sound structure, intense flavours, and perfect balance.
The Recline Ridge Winery was established in 1999, and the original vines were planted in 1994. The winery itself is a cedar log house, originally constructed as a family home for a customer in Japan. After construction by a local builder, heavy seas and poor weather caused the shipment to arrive wet during the ocean voyage to Japan. The customer refused the shipment, returning it to BC. A duplicate house was constructed to replace the original one. This ended up being erected as the Recline Ridge Winery building. The Wine Shop and Tasting Bar occupy the main floor.
The vineyard uses no irrigation as there is normally sufficient moisture available. The region is known as “the Shuswap rainforest”, with naturally-growing cedar and larch trees everywhere. That, combined with a natural clay soil type, provides plenty of moisture for the vines. Recline Ridge specializes in wines produced from grapes grown in the Shuswap, so they are cool-climate varietals, capable of surviving harsh winters, and with early-ripening characteristics. Bud-break is usually not until mid-May, and harvest usually commences around Labour Day, with final harvest for the later varietals near the end of October.
The vineyard occupies 6-acres and includes 6 varietals:
- Whites: Madeline Angevine, Madeline Sylvaner, Ortega, Siegerrebe, Optima
- Red: Marechal Foch
The winery has a contract with another local (Shuswap) vineyard, of about 15 acres, for the following varietals:
- Whites: Ortega, Siegerrebe, Kerner, Bacchus
- Reds: Marechal Foch, Pinot Noir, Zweigelt
Another small vineyard supplies Blaufrankisch (red).