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November 13, 2009 |

Pruning Time

Now Now that the cold temperatures have set in, the vines go into dormancy for the winter months. This is the time of year to cut back all of the 2009 growth, so that in 2010 there will be controlled new growth. Two to three canes (canes are the shoots from 2009 that have hardened into wood) will be kept per vine. Two are kept for the next year’s growth. In cool climates it is good idea to keep three canes for insurance purposes against winter damage. It's a tricky task, almost like a puzzle. It is important to cut the right canes, because they can't be glued back on.

In the photo above, Kyp the Vineyard Manager, is pruning Marechal Foch. The canes from two rows will be kept in one aisle so that they are easy to collect and take to the compost pile.


Time Posted: Nov 13, 2009 at 12:29 PM Permalink to Pruning Time Permalink
October 22, 2009 |

The 2009 Crush Is Complete

The last bin of Cabernet Sauvignon was crushed today.   All the juice and must is now in the cellar.  The winery is alive with the sweet scent of grape juice and the yeasty aromas of the fermentations.   The 2009 vintage is looking to be a good year.   There were less grapes due to the winter damage of 2008/2009.  Frost set in earlier than usual (mid October), encouraging an early harvest.  Despite the hurry, the quality is top notch.  

The wine shop is open as long as we are down in the cellar working on the wines.  To avoid disappointment, call ahead.  250.769.9224



Time Posted: Oct 22, 2009 at 12:08 PM Permalink to The 2009 Crush Is Complete Permalink
October 9, 2009 |

Grapes Harvested By The Moon

The estate certified organic Pinot Gris was harvested on October 4th the same morning the moon was full.  The fruit was was perfect.  Harvesting by the moon is a biodynamic practice.  Rollingdale is not biodynamic, but it is a thought for future farming.  Below, a bin of healthy hand harvested Pinot Gris clusters.  


Time Posted: Oct 9, 2009 at 1:50 PM Permalink to Grapes Harvested By The Moon Permalink
September 30, 2009 |

The 2009 Crush Is On!

The 2009 crush began on September 29th with estate harvested Marechal Foch. Today Chardonnay was crushed and pressed and Merlot was crushed from Stoney Slopes Vineyard, OK Falls. The brix are up, the fruit is clean and healthy - 2009 is promising to be an outstanding vintage. The harvest excitement will continue to be updated via blog so stay tuned! If you’re in the area stop by to experience the action!

Above, Steve, Kyp and Joe are crushing Chardonnay.


Time Posted: Sep 30, 2009 at 7:31 PM Permalink to The 2009 Crush Is On! Permalink
Kirsty Dale
September 17, 2009 | Kirsty Dale

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s… Helikite!

Introducing Rollingdale’s newest pet. He isn’t very cuddly and he has to maintain a strict diet of helium but we’re very fond of him. His name is Vigilante and he spends his days hovering over our vineyard scaring the not-so-smart and somewhat visually impaired starlings away. Silly looking balloon or terrifying predator? It’s all in the eyes of the beholder.

Time Posted: Sep 17, 2009 at 11:15 AM Permalink to It’s a bird.  It’s a plane.  It’s… Helikite! Permalink
August 31, 2009 |

A Clip of the Rollingdale Experience! produced an online video series: "9 Weeks of Summer".  The clips showcase the local summer activities around Kelowna.  A trip to Rollingdale Winery is on the list!  Check out the video at: 

Time Posted: Aug 31, 2009 at 12:01 PM Permalink to A Clip of the Rollingdale Experience! Permalink
August 18, 2009 |

Feast of Fields

 Feast of Fields is a great way to taste the specialties of the valley.  Local wineries, producers, restaurants and brewers will be sharing their harvests and crafts.  For more details check out:

Time Posted: Aug 18, 2009 at 11:53 AM Permalink to Feast of Fields Permalink
July 29, 2009 |

Kelowna Forest Fires

Alarming forests fires quickly spread in West Kelowna in mid July.  The air was thick with smoke and evacuactions were in process.   The fire fighters quickly took the situation under control.  While the fire in nearby Fintry is still very worrisome, West Kelowna is a safe area to visit.    The wine industry was lightly affected.   Rollingdale is open with regular summer hours.  10a.m. - 6p.m.  Monday through Sunday.  Fire updates can be checked at .  Highway updates can be checked at: .  Wishing you a safe and happy summer!  

Some photos by Steve of the Glenrosa fire:


Time Posted: Jul 29, 2009 at 1:11 PM Permalink to Kelowna Forest Fires Permalink
Allison Vidug
July 14, 2009 | Allison Vidug

Bottle Shots

Jason Brown, a great photographer from the Lower Mainland, has taken all of the hassle out of bottle shots for Rollingdale. The finished bottle shots are fantastic!  You can also see more shots on thier old site Revival Arts Studio's blog.


Time Posted: Jul 14, 2009 at 9:22 AM Permalink to Bottle Shots Permalink
Allison Vidug
July 9, 2009 | Allison Vidug

New Website Launch

We started working on our website in 2009. We were looking to revamp our existing site, freshen up the graphics and add superior e-commerce capability. Let us know what you think of our new site design. Below are pictures of the new and new site designs.

New Website

Old Site

Time Posted: Jul 9, 2009 at 8:01 AM Permalink to New Website Launch Permalink
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