Greata Ranch Vineyards, situated between Peachland and Summerland, was established in 1895 by George Greata and was one of the most prolific peach orchards in the Okanagan. Based upon Senator Ross Fitzpatrick’s boyhood memories of visiting the property with his father and sampling the sweet peaches, he purchased the property in 1994 and restored its former agricultural splendor by establishing 40 acres of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Ehrenfelser, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Pinot Blanc vines.
The Fitzpatrick family recently sold CedarCreek Estate Winery to von Mandl Family Estates but retained Greata Ranch Vineyards. CedarCreek which was founded by Ross Fitzpatrick in 1986 became one of Canada’s premium wineries resulting in two Canadian Winery of the Year awards.
Under the leadership of Gordon Fitzpatrick the family is now working on exciting new plans to transform Greata Ranch into a Sparkling Wine House. Their inaugural vintage of 2012 traditional method Sparkling Wine is already quietly resting on its lees and will be released by early 2016. Architectural plans are being finalized for a new winery facility which will be ready for Harvest 2016. To prepare for this change the Greata Ranch Wine Shop will be closed for the 2015 season while renovations are underway for the re-launch of the Greata Ranch Reserve Winery in April 2016.
The new 7,500 case boutique winery will specialize in Sparkling Wine but will also produce Chardonnay, Ehrenfelser, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Rosé, Pinot Noir and Meritage. The unique microclimate at Greata Ranch is ideally suited for Sparkling as Mount Edna blocks the late day sun which enables the grapes to retain their desired natural acidity.
There will also be a Mediterranean style bistro attached to the existing Wine Shop opening in June 2016 featuring flat bread and pizzas prepared in a wood burning oven. It will be a magical wine country stop to sip a glass of bubble and savour a slice of thin crust pizza while soaking up the breathtaking waterfront view from the Greata Ranch Verandah.
The Fitzpatrick’s will not rest on their laurels and look forward to creating a sparkling jewel for wine enthusiasts to celebrate with wine flute in hand. In the wine business, patience is not just a virtue but a necessity. The Fitzpatrick’s are excited to realize Greata Ranch’s wonderful potential and appreciate everyone’s patience while the re-branding and re-building takes place over the next 18 months.
DIRECTIONS TO GREATA RANCH ESTATE WINERY
From Kelowna: Proceed south on Hwy 97 towards Penticton.
From the Connector: Take the Hwy 97 South exit towards Penticton
From both of the above, one travels south on Hwy 97. Once you have gone through the traffic light at the south end of Peachland, it is 9 kilometres to Greata Ranch Estate Winery.
Greata Ranch Estate Winery is located on the lake side of the highway. Exercise caution while turning left at the large Greata Ranch entrance sign off Hwy 97.
Our address is:
697 Highway 97S
Peachland, BC, V0H 1X9
Telephone Number (250) 767-2768
Fax Number (250) 767-2758