Tantalus Vneyards bee hives
Sustainability has always been important to Tantalus. Its ethos guides how we farm the vineyard, how we make the wine and even how we sell it.

While the subject of sustainability can be complex, the links between good land stewardship, the health of our business and by extension, the health of our community, are obvious. Nothing trendy here, just our long-held commitment to making wines of the highest quality in the most responsible way we know how.

We’d like to think our sustainable business practices will give future generations the opportunity to carry on Tantalus’ legacy of growing and making exceptional wines from this historic piece of ground.

The list below represents a sampling of Tantalus’ ongoing sustainability initiatives. For more details, please contact the winery.

  • British Columbia’s first LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) Certified winery. Completed in March 2010. Environmentally friendly and energy efficient. Includes numerous green specs throughout the building - natural sky lights throughout, an unpaved driveway and parking area (to avoid a heat island effect), a highly efficient dual-exchange heating and cooling system, etc. Our wine shop features custom handcrafted wooden cabinetry sourced from native Alder and the landscaping surrounding the winery has been planted to bee-friendly flowers and shrubs.
  • Our wastewater treatment system, completed in October 2009, processes 100% of our winery effluent and domestic sewage. It is the first of its kind for a British Columbia winery and allows us to be completely non-reliant on municipal or private waste disposal providers.
  • Salmon-Safe Certified farm - assessed and certified by the Fraser Basin Council (August 2019). We are very proud to join the likes of over 40 British Columbian farms, vineyards and ranches working hard to protect local water quality and watersheds, such as our neighbouring Mission Creek. The stunning 75-kilometre long river is home to a diversity of native species – including the at-risk, freshwater Kokanee salmon and Western Painted turtle.
  • Naturally-farmed vineyard. Hand-tended. No use of herbicides.
  • Vineyard ecosystem biodiversity encouraged through the preservation of a 10-acre natural, dry land forest in the center of the vineyard. In partnership with Okanagan Similkameen Wildlife Habitat Stewardship to identify and enhance wildlife diversity.
  • Vineyard bee-hive partnership with Arlo’s Honey Farm. We can see the hives from our tasting room and we are constantly reminded of the vital importance of these fascinating creatures. In addition to maintaining the health and robustness of the natural ecosystem, they also ensure the orchards, soft fruits and vegetable farms that surround us remain productive. Their delicious honey graces our tables and those of our guests who care to purchase a pot in our tasting room.
  • Specially constructed nesting boxes to encourage populations of beneficial bird species like the Western Blue Bird and Sparrows.
  • Newly installed bat nesting boxes to encourage their populations on site, as part of our ongoing work with the Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society.
  • Founding member of Sustainable Winegrowing British Columbia - a free online assessment and educational resource toolkit for helping vineyards and wineries establish sustainable practices, share best practices, and measure and demonstrate ongoing improvement.