Ricco Bambino is a low intervention boutique winery, producing expressive, small batch, single varietal offerings without the additions of commercial yeasts or filtering agents and minimal to zero additions of SO2 in downtown Kelowna and at our Crooked Crown Vineyard under the watchful eye of Head Winemaker Sebastien Hotte.
Starting out as a city based 'urban' winery had its challenges but it also had many great benefits. We had the ability, from vintage to vintage, to select only the best organic grapes from vineyards throughout the South Okanagan valley. Though this ensured us the quality we need to create our electric, terroir driven, natural wine it was more important for our long term sustainability to have our own land growing our own grapes. So in 2018, just months after opening our downtown winery we purchased 12 acres of land at Eagle Bluff in the sunny South Okanagan and began to build our new land based winery, production facility and tasting room. In May 2019 we planted 9 acres of Pinot Noir, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Syrah and Grenache. This new land based winery and tasting room is called Crooked Crown Vineyard and is the newest location you can enjoy Ricco Bambino natural wine. The new estate winery will grow 80% the varietals for our natural sparkling wine, skin contact whites, concrete aged reds and also house our new production facility.
Ricco Bambino is proud to be one of the very few wineries that solely uses unlined concrete tanks to age a majority of our wines. This process plays an important role in crafting the natural 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.
Each fall we carefully hand harvest our grapes from four vineyards located in the South Okanagan. The whole cluster 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 wine are available exclusively through our downtown winery and our Crooked Crown Vineyard located just south of Okanagan Falls BC. You can also purchase our living wines at a handful of local restaurants and wine merchants Nationally. To become a stockist please contact us.
Come for a Taste - Stay for a glass - Leave with a bottle.
After living abroad in Australia for 20 + years i fell in love with natural wine. I decided it was time to sell my Sydney based company and move back to the Okanagan and pursue a lifelong dream. Shortly after arriving home I put my home up for sale, sold my cars and took all of my savings and embarked on the biggest project of my life. I did so against many people’s recommendations but hearing the warnings only made me more determined. The overwhelming urge was fuelled by my desire to create a winery making honest wine using minimal to zero additions with 100% transparency in its vinification... a surprisingly unique approach I learnt. Ricco Bambino is more than a winery, it’s a platform to launch this passion and craft living wine that is known around the world and express our dedication to this belief. I hope you enjoy our wine as much as we do.