Old Vines. Authentic Wines.
Tantalus Vineyards was founded on the belief that exceptional wines made from a single vineyard of outstanding pedigree, would capture the palates of those seeking authenticity and a sense of place.
We are situated on the eastern slopes of the Okanagan Valley, overlooking the shores of Lake Okanagan and the City of Kelowna. The site was first planted to table grapes in 1927 and today is known as one of the oldest continuously producing vineyards in British Columbia.
Tantalus was established in 2004 when Proprietor Eric Savics was presented with the opportunity to acquire one of the Okanagan Valley’s premier vineyard properties.
Originally known as Pioneer Vineyards, the site was first planted to table grapes in 1927 by renowned, local horticulturist JW Hughes. After tasting several vintages of wines made by the former owner, Eric felt this was indeed a very special vineyard.
He, along with his team, established the site’s ultimate potential would be fully realized by focusing on a small, terroir-driven line of wines made from Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The old vine plantings – 1978 Riesling and 1985 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay became the backbone of the vineyard. Other varietals were removed and new plantings of the 3 flagship varietals commenced in 2005.
The vineyard would not only have considerable vine age as its anchor, it would grow to have superior clone variation as well.