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Our Dirt

The Secret's in the soil

Our roots run deep in this valley and that means we know this place like the back of our hands. Experience has taught us that you can’t make great wine without good dirt and hard work. We farm organically here. It’s our way of taking good care of this place we call home. It’s not always easy, but it produces honest, quality wines and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

The Golden Mile and Black Sage Bench is home to just the right mix of heat and heart in our neck of the woods.


Home to a gravel-rich foundation and free-draining dirt we irrigate on demand, the vines on the Golden Mile get a good cooling off period when the sun dips below the Kobau Mountain range in the late afternoon. This drop in temperature allows grapes to retain natural acidity, giving our wines a bright, fresh taste year after year.

On the east-facing slope, tucked against Mount Kobau, sits our Home Vineyard. On the south-facing slope of the Golden Mile sits Road 7 Vineyard.


On the Black Sage bench, you’ll find rattlesnakes, arid desert air, and a sun that feels bigger and brighter than anywhere else in the valley. Thousands of years of glacial outwash left behind soil rich with deposits of minerals. A jackpot for any grapegrower. This is the home to Canada’s sole pocket desert, and there’s no other place like it.

Unearthing our team

Rob Achurch


Rob is a fun-loving farmer and our resident grape growing expert here at Road 13. Seeing the difference organic farming has made in our vineyards over the last five years has only fuelled his passion and belief that vines should be grown naturally. For Rob, it’s about being a good neighbour.

Award Winning Wines

Top Picks

Explore our online store and discover winning wines that capture the best of the south in each bottle.

2020 John Oliver Syrah

95 Points

“Inky and inviting, with heady aromatics of plush blackberry and rich blueberry. A textured palate layered with lush blue fruit, a vibrant, crisp acidity, mocha and polished, glossy oak.” Decanter World Wine Awards

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2020 John Oliver Malbec

91 Points

"Perfumed nose of blue fruit, flowers and anise, leading to a palate of plush blackberry fruit and textured tannins." Decanter World Wine Awards

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2021 Select Harvest GSM

93 Points

“Pretty nose of red fruit, baking spice and herb, palate of supple tannins, plush dark fruit and elegant spice.” Decanter World Wine Awards

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