Phantom Creek Acquires Acclaimed Golden Mile Bench vineyard
Phantom Creek Estates is pleased to announce the acquisition of a 63-acre vineyard on the Golden Mile Bench in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.
The acclaimed vineyard, established in 2004 by Chris and Betty Jentsch.
“It is a privilege for us to take stewardship of this special site on the Golden Mile Bench,” said Ingo Grady, President of Phantom Creek.
The property will join the winery’s estate vineyards on the Black Sage Bench in transitioning to organic and biodynamic certification.
“Biodynamic farming requires meticulous attention to detail, which in turn makes us more attuned to our vineyards. It is a sustainable and gentle approach, which we also think yields exceptional wines,” said Winemaker & Viticulturist Ross Wise.
C.C. Jentsch Cellars produces award-winning wines at its dedicated facility at Testalinda Creek. The family-owned winery will continue to farm three estate vineyards stretching from Testalinda Creek to the Black Sage Bench to Summerland.
“We are delighted to find a buyer that is committed to continuing the tradition of excellence and the pursuit of enhancing this world-class vineyard,” said viticulturist and owner Chris Jentsch.
The Golden Mile Bench, British Columbia’s first official sub-appellation, is located on the western slopes of the Okanagan Valley south of the town of Oliver. The sub-region benefits from early morning sunshine, while being shaded from the warm, late afternoon sun by Mount Kobau. This, combined with complex, gravelly soils, results in exceptional wines that balance ripeness with fresh acidity.
The vineyard sale closed on November 1, 2017.