Corcelettes Estate Winery, located on 150 acres in the Similkameen Valley, blends passion, precision and science to craft expressive, small lot premium wines. Led by Charlie and Jesce Baessler, the skilled team at Corcelettes is committed to creating exceptional wines and experiences. In history the word “Corcelettes” described a royal garden; this hasn’t changed with the team’s continued attention to the land and precision practices in both the vineyard and cellar.
We place greatest care in our viticulture and believe in making our wine on the vine. Cultivating our estate vineyard and working closely with our local growers, no short cuts are ever taken in finding balance between viticulture, our environment, and winemaking. Our first vintage was in 2011, consisting of 200 cases. We currently craft 4500 cases of wine per year, with plans of each future vintage growing in production size.
With 23 planted acres and expanding, we present a growing range of premium wines that showcase the versatility of varietal expression the Similkameen Valley offers. Our portfolio includes exquisite whites, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Bordeaux varietal reds, all crafted from 100% Similkameen grown grapes. There is also a small selection of premium wines from the Micro Lot Series, wines crafted from specially selected grapes available only in limited quantities.
The Similkameen Valley is a rugged, magical place that is the Canadian wine industry’s best kept not-so-secret anymore, and we couldn’t be more proud to have planted our roots here. Passion, precision, progression and purpose- this is what makes Corcelettes unique.
Corcelettes was named Top 10 Small Wineries in both the 2018 and 2019 National Wine Awards of Canada, as well at Top 10 overall in Canada and Top 10 BC Wineries 2019.
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Spirals are found in many ancient cultures and are considered symbols of energy, growth, progression and evolution. The single spiral is one of the oldest, most sacred symbols in humanity and is a reminder of our evolving journey in life.
The spiral symbol resonates with the family and team at Corcelettes Estate Winery as we too continuously progress, grow and evolve – through our vineyards, our cellar and the wine in your glass.
We source our grapes from a combination of our Estate Vineyard, Middle Bench Vineyard, and Second Chance Vineyard- all planted in the Similkameen Valley.
We pride ourselves on the personalities behind our brand. We began as a Swiss family run micro-winery, now we continue to evolve with our partners and staff into what we believe is an outstanding business. Together we offer not only exceptional wines, but also a remarkable experience at Corcelettes Estate Winery.
Corcelettes Growing Similkameen Vineyards With Purchase of 132.5 Acres of Bench Land...
Corcelettes Estate Winery has recently acquired a large parcel of land on the Keremeos Upper Bench in the Similkameen Valley. The current Estate is nestled against the black rocks east of the Village of Keremeos. The new property wraps around the Estate from the north, and adds higher elevation, south facing, desert plateau vineyards.
“This was a rare opportunity to purchase such a charismatic site” said Charlie Baessler, winemaker and managing partner of Corcelettes Estate Winery, “and there are many reasons to be excited about this property”. Having never been farmed, the land is in its natural state and is literally in the shape of an alluvial fan, boasting sought after stemwinder soils. Along with top quality soils and south facing aspects, the elevation and topography of the site allows Corcelettes to expand its 100% Similkameen Valley production of red wine varietals. “With demand increasing for quality Similkameen wine, securing more of this premium land is part of the short and long-term growth and sustainability strategy for the winery”, explained Baessler, “very few sites remain of this calibre”.
Expansion began last year with the purchase of a 6 acre orchard on the west side of the Estate. That land, now a new vineyard, will be planted to Malbec and Syrah in spring 2019. Approximately 30 acres of the newly acquired bench land will be developed in phases over the next 5 years. Phase 1 work has begun with vineyard shaping and preparation of approximately 9 acres for planting in the following year. Syrah and Bordeaux varietals will occupy this defined alluvial fan. Phase 2 will be especially interesting for the Corcelettes team with 1.5 acres planted in higher altitude bush vines, more common in other areas in the world, using low density, low disturbance organic techniques. “This well sloped south facing higher altitude vineyard will lend itself perfectly to our small lot programs that express more than varietals” said Charlie, “and we are excited to use low intervention planting and vineyard management”. Using these higher desert cactus and sage plateaus to capture the terroir, heat, and length of season, the aim is to produce some of BC’s most interesting wines. Phase 3 vineyards will likely include more Pinot Noir but the team at Corcelettes are still contemplating how much land will be converted to vines and how much will remain in its natural state. This purchase brings the total land area to 159 acres, with a plan of over 50 acres in vineyards.
The new property also includes a beautiful large 5-bedroom home which will be converted into quality accommodations for cellar and vineyard employees and possibly a Guest B&B following vineyard developments.
Corcelettes Estate Winery, located in the Similkameen Valley, blends passion, precision and science to craft expressive, small lot premium wines. Led by Charlie and Jesce Baessler, the skilled team at Corcelettes is committed to creating exceptional wines and experiences. In history the word “Corcelettes” described a royal garden; this hasn’t changed with the team’s continued attention to the land and precision practices in both the vineyard and cellar. Corcelettes was named Top 10 Small Wineries and Top 25 Wineries at the 2018 National Wine Awards of Canada.
Be part of our journey. Get a taste of it.