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Emandare Vineyard is our home and we are privileged to work alongside nature to capture a glimpse of this place in every bottle.

 

PHILOSOPHY

It all starts with the farm, we truly believe that wine is not made, wine is grown. Being blessed with this beautiful piece of land in the Cowichan Valley, it has become our responsibility to steward it to the best of our ability. For that, we look to the old world. They all farmed organically, not for marketing or because it was trendy, but simply because that was how they farmed. Not against nature, but with it. It is our goal through bio-diverse and sustainable farming practices like dry farming, composting, mulching and animal husbandry to breathe abundant life into our land. The beautiful byproduct of farming this way will be a healthy balanced vineyard...

We are often asked; “Why are you so passionate about wine?” The response is likely not what you would expect. Yes, wine is this incredible art form with an endless number of variables that could only be grasped through living countless lifetimes, but what is the point of an incredible art form if it is isn’t shared. The reason that we are so passionate about wine is a love for people and sharing a glass together with the ones you love.

 

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With old world philosophy and our core belief that nature was created long before we came along, the philosophy behind the wines of Emandare was born.

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When it comes to our winemaking, the relationship between our vines and our wine is vital. Wine is made in the vineyard and many of our winemaking decisions are made in the vineyard. This is why we only make 100% estate grown wines. We are firm believers in the word terroir, a French word that can be translated to, sense of place. This is where our low intervention winemaking practices come in. Our goal in the winery is to allow our wines to capture a glimpse of Emandare in every bottle. We believe that this can be achieved through what has been coined as natural winemaking practices, which has been defined as; nothing added and nothing taken away. Though we love the ideology of natural wine, we do responsibly use tools such as filtering our whites and organic amounts of sulphite. At Emandare we have nothing to hide. We allow the naturally occurring yeasts on the grapes to take care of the fermentation and we don’t use any additives or techniques to fiddle with the flavor profile of our wines. A winemaker whom we have huge respect for once told us: “Sometime you need to have the courage to do nothing.”

The goal is to make honest wine. Wine that transparently shares the experience of the place it came from with those who appreciate the opportunity to enjoy it together.