Marichel Vineyard

Marichel Vineyard, Naramata: Address, Phone Number, Marichel Vineyard Reviews: 4.5/5

Marichel Vineyard
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Joel K
Vancouver, Canada2,979 contributions
Covid buying - - no tasting
Mar. 2021 • Solo
I stopped in to buy. Marichel is known for their Viognier and Syrah Lone Wolf. They've been around for 20 years. Beautiful property.
Written 11 March 2021
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Brenda B
Kelowna, Canada19 contributions
Grumpy management !
Aug. 2019
I stopped in to look at the property for an overview of a forth coming “ car run”

We wanted smaller wineries that offer great tasting opportunities to smaller groups.

A very pleasant woman asked for some help from a back office to help me.

a “Mr Richard” Asked me “ What do you want. ? I’m BUSY “

I made a hasty retreat.

Graham from Kelowna.
Written 28 August 2019
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Laurapage_1
5 contributions
Our favourite stop along the Naramata Bench
Jul. 2019 • Couples
Our favourite winery along the Naramata Bench, by far (and we stopped at a few!). It was recommended to us by Upper Bench winery. The lady working at Marichel in the tasting room that day was amazing (blonde lady, born in England). Can't recommend this place enough. Beautiful location and tasting room and the views were incredible. We will be back!
Written 25 July 2019
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m0ements
Smithers, Canada31 contributions
Beautiful wines with a stunning view.
May 2018
This little vineyard produces great syrah & viognier. It has a small tasting room featuring some lovely local art and the owner is very friendly and welcoming.
Written 23 June 2018
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Maurizio3030
Cairo, Egypt1,516 contributions
The view alone worth the stop. The wine is the topper
May 2017
A bit off the path but it is a must to stop at. The owner and wine guide are super nice. The wine is very good and well the view make you just want to sit back sip and relax. A great winery to visit.
Written 18 July 2017
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PrinceGastronome
Vancouver, Canada2,017 contributions
Prince Gastronome
Aug. 2016 • Couples
Well, this is confusing. It’s Marichel, not Marechal. I don’t know where the name derives from, but it’s not related to the varietal. Marichel doesn’t even harvest Marechal Foch; their specialty is Syrah. It makes me wonder where the name came from. If the winemaker is named Marichel, it would be simultaneously both an amazing coincidence and an irony. I actually know a chef with the last name “Kitchen”. It happens.

My girlfriend and I were on vacation through Okanagan wine country. Over six days, we visited sixty wineries. That’s sixty wineries, not an exaggeration. We ended the trip with 120 bottles acquired. And apparently one does not visit Naramata without patronizing Marichel. As friends discovered our journey, no winery was recommended more. I totally understand why. Don’t be led astray by claims of an epic décor, like some monument to viticulture—this is one of the more lackluster looking wineries in the region. The tasting room features a single picnic table. A picnic table. We almost missed the location twice. No, the reason to visit Marichel is their commitment in doing one thing really, really well. That says something about competing wineries. Many of them, even the estates, go for the “shotgun” approach, offering a chaotic scattershot of different wines, whites and reds, to cover all their potential customer palettes. I noticed after my trip those smaller wineries with larger selections seldom had a single bottle that spoke to me (not literally, as that would be a condition), but when specializing in one or two varietals, generally they do well with those bottles. For Marichel, harkening back to the aforementioned irony, it’s Syrah.

Marichel presents itself as the wine equivalent to Scientific American (the magazine; I know that’s closely becoming an oxymoron). There’s no pandering to the viticulturally-challenged. Marichel drops some mean knowledge beats on their websites and makes no attempts to explain them to proletariats. They grow only two grapes, Rhone varietals. When describing their Syrah, they claim it’s made up of “scions and rootstocks, with Clone 7 on 3309 predominating.” Yeah, I didn’t understand any of that either. Marichel doesn’t make Côte-Rôtie Syrah, Barossa Shiraz, or Viognier from Condrieu…because…that’s apparently important.

“And while we adore Cold Heaven Viognier from California, Tarawara Shiraz from Yarra Valley, and Hermitage Syrah from the Rhone… they’ve all been done.” I’m a massive geek, and even I wanted to scream “NEEERRRRD!”. They obvious love wine and want to share that passion with everyone. It’s no wonder their Syrahs are so well renown.

Okay. I’ll buy two.

The other aspect of Marichel I appreciate is that often, the individual poring the wine is the winemaker himself. A delightful fellow and obviously one that knows his craft. This makes the claims on the website even more authenticated. They also bottle a viognier, but in the end, it was their Syrah that spoke to us, that speaks to a lot of people. If you enjoy that varietal at all, you owe it to visit this place and snag a few bottles.
Written 9 June 2017
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Sherrypd
Vancouver, Canada90 contributions
Every wine was delicious!
Oct. 2016 • Friends
One of the best rose's here. The lone wolf and they more expensive syrah were amazing! New favourite winery of this year! Last year's winery of the year for us was Van Westen. Our first experience was that the wine made up for the lack of pleasantries. The lady that was working there was eager to get out right at 6 and over charged us for wine. However, when we returned for an adjustment, our experience was far better than our first and the service was above our expectations. It definitely is a cozy winery with very enjoyable wines. Go for a tipple or two and I hope your experience was as good as our second!
Written 14 October 2016
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Loves2wine
Vancouver, Canada125 contributions
Intimate and delicious
Jun. 2016 • Friends
Wow. The wines here are amazing. They only make a few but the ones they make are incredible. Their Syrah is one of the best I've had, and you cant miss it. Also, they make their Syrah with viognier. Never ever would have thought to do that, but it really works.

The tasting room is a small bench where you sit across from the pourer and discuss the wines. It feels intimate and like you're in someone's home which is a nice feeling. The view on the patio is gorgeous and theyve got cute dogs running around. I saw children as well so the place is kid friendly.

Would definitely return
Written 24 July 2016
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Sunandski1963
Canada256 contributions
The BEST gem hiding in the jewelry store!!!
Jul. 2016
So small
So unique
Such distinctive wines - Lone Wolf Syrah was the BEST find of the day and we went to >10 wineries today

Such an inviting space - large wooden European table, great views, and lovely dogs

Will be coming back
Written 21 July 2016
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Meaghan F
6 contributions
A syrah to triumph all syrahs.
Jul. 2015 • Couples
If you are looking for intentional carefully crafted wines, a relaxed and beautiful environment, and a visit from two lovely dogs...Visit this winery. The Syrah is my personal favourite, however he also makes a Viognier, and Syrah-Viognier blend, both of which were fantastic. Will be returning next year!
Written 15 July 2015
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