It was a very proud moment for us in the summer of 2016 when we first tasted the wines of Little Engine from Naramata, British Columbia. Our friend of more than 15 years sat at the tasting table in our store and walked us through his lineup from the first vintage of his new winery that had been over 5 years in the making. Steven French and his wife Nicole had been customers of RHW for as long as we can remember, and in 2011 they purchased their first vineyard site and began the process of moving their family and building a winery that would become Little Engine.
Throughout the years of developing the winery, Steven kept in contact with us and we offered insights where we could. Steven's obsessive dedication to quality was apparent, and we knew he was producing something worth being a part of. Little Engine is located at the southern entrance of the Naramata Bench, with premium exposure and ideal soil composition. The team of Scott Robinson (winemaker) and Matt Rademakers (viticulturist) are focused on promoting healthy vineyards through the use of organic and sustainable farming methods, and the results echo Steven and Nicole's dedication to quality.
Little Engine opened their tasting room in the Summer of 2016, and they are an excellent place to visit the next time you find yourself in the Okanagan Valley. When we first tried the wines of Little Engine, we were immediately reminded of our favourite Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc from the Russian River Valley of California, but with a distinct Canadian identity. The wines are among the best that we have tasted from British Columbia, and we are thrilled to partner with Steven and Nicole in introducing these wines to the Alberta market.