One of our Naramata Bench wine tasting experiences was special, so we wanted to blog about it separately.

David’s friend Emma recently moved to the area and has landed at Quidni Estate Winery. In her words, “can you believe this is my job?” She gave us a great tour of the inner workings of a Naramata Bench winery and we learned a lot (and got to taste some really amazing wine too)!

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Emma explained Quidni is a relatively new winery, with an experienced and well known owner and a talented winemaker. Todd Moore spent time in Australia at Quail’s Gate and Barossa honing his craft, before coming to BC to build smaller wineries with care. Quidni mans “why not?” in latin, and was chosen as this winery’s name to express the passion and spirit that has created it.

It’s all about the grapes and vines here. Emma walked us through the vineyard, explaining which grapes made which wine, and we tasted each type of grape. Delicious! This was a revelation for David and I. The last time we tasted grapes at a large vineyard, it was not a pleasurable experience. They were bitter and not edible. We thought that was just the way it was with wine. Emma explained at Quidni, it’s all about the taste of the grapes, with as little processing as possible.

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Quidni also guest rooms that are available to book. If you wanted to have a winery experience with a great view, this would be a lovely spot. I was especially impressed with the bathrooms (large shower and a large tub)!

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The decor of the Quidni wine tasting area is also really special, with a wine rack all the way up a tall wall made of long strips of wine barrels fastened together in a unique way. David took tons of pictures of this! We also like how the up lighting makes it look like the wine glasses are smiling!

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We then made our way to where the magic happens. We got to see a fermentation tank, with a special cooling system. We also saw the barrels, and Emma explained the aging process. Tasting wine and port right of the barrel was fun. I was surprised at just how delicious it already tasted, even before it is ready to bottle.

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Because Quidni is a relatively new winery, the bottle prices are surprisingly modest. This is going to change in the near future as the winery’s reputation for quality is sure to spread. My advice is, if you see a Quidni wine… snap it up… and enjoy!

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