Mike and Robin Nierychlo purchased an existing vineyard north of Duncan in September 2013. They decided to blog about their undertaking in reviving the six and half acres of 14 year old vineyard under the name “We Bought a Vineyard“. .
In May 2015, the blog and the vineyard took on a new name “Emandare” a phonetic blend of their initials M & R. The modest winery and a Tasting Room also opened that same month.
Emandare Vineyard released their first vintages in 2015 including Siegerrebe Gewürztraminer 2014 and Sauvignon Blanc 2014. Rosé has already sold out! 2014 Marechal Foch was released in November 2015 and Pinot Noir will be released in 2016.
Although there are no current plans to seek organic certification, Mike and Robin have adopted many organic practices. They turned off the irrigation system completely. Mike adds that “we are doing everything old world and we are doing everything naturally as far as winemaking goes.