Born with wine in her blood, Pénélope counts five generations of viticulture and winemaking at Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion, the small family estate whose elegant wines rival the Crus Classés of Bordeaux.
From oenology and viticulture studies in Bordeaux to winemaking in Spain, New Zealand and Australia, Pénélope brings to the Okanagan a profound and holistic understanding of the grapevine’s relationship with its environment, from a winemaker’s perspective.
Pénélope is also a winegrowing consultant, and teaches viticulture at Okanagan College.
Dylan left North Vancouver in 2000 to work as a bicycle mechanic in Burgundy and suffered a conversion experience; a diploma in viticulture and winemaking in Beaune led to apprenticeships in the Côte d’Or, Chablis, and New Zealand. Five years in Bordeaux included teaching oenology and sensory evaluation classes at château Lynch-Bages in Pauillac, and managing a small winery in Margaux. Dylan has been farming vineyards and making wine in the Okanagan Valley since 2011.
Our family moved to Penticton in 2011 from Bordeaux, France, convinced of the potential of Okanagan wines. We made our first wines under the Roche label (in very limited volume) in 2012. We bought an 8-acre vineyard on the south end of the Naramata Bench, above Penticton, in 2014. The soils and exposure are particularly suited to cool-climate varieties. We farm this site with care, following natural and organic principles. In 2017 we will open the doors of our new winery.