A SENSE OF PLACE
The Okanagan Valley
Ramification Cellars is privileged to overlook a stunning natural Okanagan landscape. Here, the grapevine, the lake, and the wildlife compose the unmistakable Okanagan trinity
Our stewardship over this special place extends to our farming practices; with care and precision, Ramification produces exceptional wines that celebrate and speak to where they are grown through site selection, viticulture, and winemaking. All the grapes are grown right here on the estate and shepherded with care from vine to bottle.
The Ramification team champions the power of the estate vineyard, the maintenance of regional personality, and varietal integrity, an approach that is vital to our on-going success and viability. Every inch of this place, from carefully tended vineyard to our minimalist facilities is the winery’s commitment to making quality wines that connect people to place.
The combination of being located near the 49th parallel and the proximity to Vaseux Lake provides a cool and extended growing season. The Coast Range also plays a pivotal role by providing the rain shadow barrier that keeps our region drier. Celebrated for its ideal climate that draws in cool breezes from Vaseux Lake (our natural air conditioning), this special place produces wines with bright fruit, delicate texture, and pure varietal flavours, while retaining optimal natural acidity—qualities that are ideal for making delicious Pinot Gris, and exceptional Pinot Noir.
The vineyard is blessed with a fertile and healthy ecosystem, which is beneficial to growing exceptional wine grapes. Not easy to draw stylistically, the wines of Ramification Cellars are neither Old World nor New World, but uniquely our own. The term “Next World” describes them well.
WHATS IN A NAME?
Ramification Cellars is a new Okanagan winery, located on the shore of a pristine freshwater lake. It’s a place of unspoilt beauty and profound faunistic and floristic importance. Uniquely situated amidst a designated migratory bird sanctuary, the winery and adjacent estate vineyard share the tranquillity of Vaseux Lake with rare plant communities, waterfowl, fish species, mammals, and reptiles including the rare night snake. The name Ramification was adopted by the Lloyd Family, named in recognition of the high prevalence of California Bighorn Sheep in the Vaseux Lake area.
This quality-focused winemaking venture sources fruit from the winery’s estate vineyard, located 7 km south of Okanagan Falls on Highway 97. The vineyard is a prime viticultural site that benefits from a unique combination of geology, climate and geography that curiously also supports a unique ecosystem of diverse habitats. The area extends from wetlands and riparian thickets to the surrounding arid terraces and rugged hillsides, home to Canada’s highest species diversity; it’s bird lover’s paradise with an abundant wildlife population.
A signature drawing of a ram’s head provides the unmistakable identity of the Ramification range.
The estate vineyard is cultivated by Adam Spychalski using yield restricting vineyard management techniques and intense canopy management regimes. With only four planted acres, it’s a small plot of land, but with strong character and managed according to biodynamic principles to obtain genuine wines of origin. Cool climate, slow ripening, fresh flavours.
The early vintages were made at Lang Vineyards on the Naramata Bench, with the 2019 vintage we have partnered with 3 Sisters Winery to help with our production. The artisan approach of micro-vinification nurtures the inherent purity of our grapes and focuses the character imparted by the estate vineyard.
The Ramification portfolio is primarily based on two varieties, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. In addition to this core range of two wines, there is also a limited release of a dry Rosé.