Have You Tried Volcanic Hills Wines?

Volcanic Hills Estate Winery in West Kelowna is one of the newer wineries in the BC scene. I visited them last summer, as they had recently opened. This past week, Volcanic Hills wines came to Vancouver, so I have had the good fortune of trying their wines again.

If you have not heard of Volcanic Hills Estate Winery it was formed by the Gidda family, who were partners with the Mt. Boucherie Winery.  Teaming up with long time Okanagan winemaker, Elias Phiniotis, in 2009  the Gidda family is aiming to craft complex wines that will excite your taste buds.

I was able to sample 4 of their wines this past week.  A Gewurztraminer, a Chardonnay icewine, a Gamay Noir, and a red blend they call “Magma“.  Here’s my tasting notes on these 4 wines:

  • Volcanic Hills Estate Winery Gewurztraminer 2009 ($17.90).  This is a very pretty wine.  Medium golden in colour.  Lots of fruity aromas from this wine!  Lychee, honeysuckle, apple and spice on the  nose.  Medium body with good acidity and long length. On the palate there was lime peel, lemon, and almond flavours.   A really nice wine. Highly recommended.
  • Volcanic Hills Estate Winery Chardonnay Icewine 2009 ($49.90).  Deep lemon colour in the glass.  Very aromatic bouquet of honey, caramel and orange.  Medium plus in body, sweet with marmalade, orange, honey, and apricot flavours.  A bit of nuttiness on the finish.  The wine has very round mouthfeel and a good amount of acidity to balance out the sugar.
  • Volcanic Hills Estate Winery Gamay Noir 2009 ($12.90).  An unbelievable price for a single varietal wine from the Okanagan. This is a nice light bodied wine that you can serve slightly chilled.  The wine was pale cherry in colour.  Restrained aromas of red cherry and red currants, and a hint of smoke. On the palate there was violets, roses, cherries, black pepper and a bit of spice.  Refreshing acidity and quite a long finish.  Maybe try this in place of a pinot noir when you are serving duck breast or grilled lamb chops.
  • Volcanic Hills Estate Winery Magma Red Blend ($14.90). There are at least 3 red grape varieties to this blend.  On the label the grapes are listed as Foch 50%, Pressed Reds 30%, and Michurinetz 20%.  I am guessing Pressed Reds could have come from a vineyard that had a field blend, so they are not sure how many, and which varieties are there.  This is a fuller bodied wine than the Gamay.  Medium purple in colour.  Aromas of strawberry, currant and also a bit of smokiness.  Quite high acidity on the palate.  Flavours of strawberry, raspberry, red currant and cherry.  Low tannins with a spicy finish.

If you are planning on doing an Okanagan wine tour this summer, think about visiting Volcanic Hills. Enjoy!

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  1. My partner and I tried some of their wines on a brief visit to the Okanagan last spring and although most did not stick out – we might have been suffering from tasting fatigue at that point in the day – we loved the Rose. It was very bold but not too sweet, a wonderful summer wine.

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