Echo Bay Vineyards
British Columbia, Canada
Kathy, Mark & Kelsey Rufiange
Practicing Organic & Biodynamic
Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese
Echo Bay is a small family farm in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. This glacial carved valley lies in a rain shadow inland of the Rocky Mountains and the monstrous (and gorgeous) lakes help moderate the temperatures at this northern latitude. In 2013 Mark and Kathy Rufiange planted a small vineyard and soon after their daughter Kelsey took a keen interest. Kelsey graduated from Lincoln's Viticulture and Oenology program and has worked in vineyards and wineries in New Zealand, Sonoma, and Australia before returning to Echo Bay full-time to manage the cellar and the vineyards. Their flagship wines are restrained and elegant blends of the estate's Bordeux varietals. But also be on the look out for Kelsey'
s more playful wines of purchased fruit called Else.