In the dark of winter 2011, we made the bold move to change our identity FROM Twisted Tree to Moon Curser Vineyards – a name that captures many colourful stories of our area, as well as the renegade spirit of our winemaking.
Osoyoos, the border town where we are located, has long been celebrated for the rich soil and brilliant sunshine. But during the gold rush, it was the dark of night that brought commotion to the area.
Then, an unscrupulous procession of gold-smuggling miners returned stateside by the hundreds, if not by the thousands. All under the cover of night – trying to avoid customs agents at all cost. Often, the light of the moon would foil their plans, shedding light onto their surreptitious travels and activities.
Need we say more about our name?
‘Quirky, delightful labels, fearless plantings of grape varieties such as tannat, touriga nacional, and carmenere plus some heartfelt winemaking (…) and you have a winning recipe and an exemplar of what the region is capable of. (Jim Tobler, MONTECRISTO Magazine.)