1959 George & Winifred Covert, Gene's grandparents were tired of the rat race in California and intrigued by a climate suitable to grow soft fruit and vegetables in Canada came to the valley on a weekend trip. During that trip in the dead of winter purchased the undeveloped mesa North of Oliver, which has now become Covert Farms.
Covert Farms is located at the foot of McIntyre Bluff, the vertical cliffs rise 250 meters, towering over the farm and the narrow pass through which Highway 97 runs.
The 700 acres that make up Covert Farms on which our winery is situated, sits on a Kame Terrace formed when an outwash stream or lake was trapped between the glacial ice and the confines of the mountain valley. This created a place for a large sediment deposit to accumulate. When the glacial ice melted, the terrace was left and it was comprised of well-bedded and sorted sand and gravel. Ideal for growing grapes.
In 2005 we considered the soil type, angles of the sun and yearly temperatures recorded through Covert Read more »