In the summer of 2017 Ricco Bambino was born. It was a long process of many considerations for a potential winery location but the concept behind the brand was always very clear. I wanted to be part of showcasing what our valley has to offer to the world. To achieve this dream was to create expressive, minimal intervention wines that highlighted our beautiful microclimatic region. After engaging the expertise of New Zealand winemaker, Matt Dumayne, I knew we were on our way to achieving this goal. Matt’s less is more approach to winemaking fit perfectly with our hands off wine making philosophy.
Unlike most BC wineries, Ricco Bambino is located in the heart of Kelowna. With the recent dramatic revitalization initiative to our city we felt this was a perfect time introduce our urban winery and showcase our living wines to our community.
Being a city based winery has its challenges but it also has many great benefits. We have the ability, from vintage to vintage, to select only the best organic grapes from multiple different vineyards throughout the Okanagan valley that ensures us the quality we need to create our lively terroir driven wines.
Each fall we carefully hand harvest our grapes from biodynamic vineyards located in the South Okanagan followed by a gentle press. The grapes then head into our state of the art concrete and stainless-steel tanks to allow for the transition from grapes to wine. The fermentation commences with nothing more than the wild yeast that occur within the vineyard. This process is somewhat risky; however, it’s the only way to produce living wines that reflect the area where the grapes were grown.
Ricco Bambino is proud to be one of the very few Okanagan wineries that soley uses concrete tanks to age a majority of our wines. This process plays an important role in crafting the style of wine we love. Concrete aging allows the wines to breath and develop a rounder mouth, textural feel without the addition of any unwanted flavors imparted by the use of oak or additives.
Ricco Bambino is proud to be a minimal intervention boutique winery, producing expressive, small batch, and single varietal offerings available exclusively through our winery and fine restaurants.
Come for a taste, stay for a glass, leave with a bottle.