The Vancouver Sun’s wine critic Anthony Gismondi recently featured Tantalus as a Top Ten BC winery to visit this season in Saturday, June 18th’s “Salut” feature! We look forward to hosting many of you this season! (See the full article here.)
“Tantalus Vineyards calls itself the “new pioneers,” no doubt reflecting upon its original Pioneer Vineyards name when it was first planted in table grapes in 1927. Today it is known as the oldest continuously producing vineyard in British Columbia.
Owner Eric Savics is totally committed to the environment and that sense of stewardship drives how the site is farmed. The winery is the first in British Columbia to get LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) certification.
The site includes numerous green initiatives, including charging stations for electric cars, unpaved driveways, naturally farmed vines, no use of herbicides and a 10-acre, natural dry land forest in the centre of the vineyard.
Tantalus has a partnership with Okanagan Similkameen Wildlife Habitat Stewardship to identify and enhance wildlife diversity, along with a vineyard beehive partnership with Arlo’s Honey Farm. It is a special place to visit and has the collection of indigenous art you can view in the tasting room.
Made by winemaker David Paterson, the wine to seek out is the Tantalus Old Vines Riesling 2013 ($30.35): Fresh, bright, beaming with acidity and wrapped in minerality, it will live for decades.”
– Anthony Gismondi