Established in 2005, Deadman Lake Vineyard is located between Oliver and Osoyoos, British Columbia. Situated on the western side of the Okanagan Valley, this vineyard lies 100 metres southwest of Deadman Lake and 1,200 meters north of the famed Spotted Lake. The terrain is complex and rich in minerals, which become evident in our wines. We only use sustainable farming techniques. No synthetic pesticides. No herbicides. No synthetic fertilizers. Naturally farmed – and safely sustained for generations to come.
Deadman Lake Vineyard has a unique micro-climate. Vineyard temperatures often remain above 30°C for days – or even weeks – at a time. Long summer days provide abundant daylight hours for photosynthesis. And unique terraces evenly distribute precipitation throughout the vineyard. This provides the ideal conditions not only to ripen fruit, but also use dry farming techniques to minimize our water usage.
The soils at Deadman Lake are uncommon for the Okanagan. They have a rich, dark colour thanks to a high percentage of humus (organic matter) and shale, a combination known as chernozem soil. It naturally retains water, allowing us to practice dry farming with minimal irrigation. There are also traces of limestone, magnesium, calcium, sulphur, and sodium, which add to the complexity of the soil.
Spotted Lake is one of many Okanagan attractions. Known as KLILUK to First Nations, Spotted Lake has long been recognized and preserved as a sacred cultural and medicinal site.