Member Spotlight: Heidi’s Peak Estate Vineyard Limited

Member Spotlight: Heidi’s Peak Estate Vineyard Limited

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Heidi’s Peak Vinyeard, located south of Okanagan Falls is a 12.75 acre property with 7.5 acres of established vineyard. Heidi Lorch is the owner, farmer, entrepreneur. The established vineyard was purchased in 2019 with the goal of improving yields, irrigation water use, soil organic levels while producing a sustainable quality crop of wine grapes.
 
“My focus on improving soil organic matter/nutrient levels by top dressing under-row and inter-row with organic compost (60 tons) ties all the aspects  [of sustainability] together”, says Heidi.  “By improving nutrient levels, I can reduce my synthetic fertilizer inputs. The soil will (in time) be able to support more cover crops in dry conditions and therefore have increased water retention and good vine health. These things in combination help reduce costs and create a sustainable vineyard environment.”
 
There are four varieties of aromatic white grapes grown on site including: Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Sauvignon Blanc. The vines range in age from 20 years down to the current year’s inter-planting of young vines. There are 9600+ vines in all.
 
The demand for wine grapes is quite high throughout the Okanagan. The sub Gi’s and Sustainable Winegrowing BC Certification create unique opportunities to market product to local wineries at a premium. Heidi’s Peak is located directly across the road from the iconic Wild Goose Winery and that is where all the grapes are sold/shipped to. It’s a good match for all involved.
 
Wine grapes are the entire product from Heidi’s Peak. Since taking ownership, Heidi has made significant improvements to the trellis system, irrigation upgrades, better mechanization and soil nutrient levels. The outcome in just two years has been an increase in yield, good vine health, better pesticide management and reduced labour costs.
 
At Heidi’s Peak sustainability is a core value; to have a positive impact on our land, our environment, our water resources, our health, our neighbours, our community and our economic viability. “Becoming SWBC certified places more accountability on my vineyard management techniques and a clear focus on sustainable agriculture for the future.”