Anyone who follows road racing knows that Le Tertre Rouge is a very high speed corner at the Le Mans, the race track in France that has staged an annual 24-hour sports car race since 1923. The Dickinson family which owns this winery has a long interest in motor racing; John Dickinson once raced sports cars, and restoring and collecting classic and performance cars is a passion shared by several members of the family. That is why the family named the winery Synchromesh, referring to the technology that allows the smooth shifting of manual transmissions. That is also why the flagship red blend here is called Tertre Rouge. A loose translation or the word Synchromesh is ‘Everything Working Together’, a reference to the holistic farming approach and natural, no additive winemaking followed here.
Alan Dickinson brought both his classic MG sports car and his knowledge of wine to the project. Born in Vancouver in 1982 and trained in marketing and business strategy and start-ups, he worked for a number of years on the Vancouver wine trade developing his palate and international wine knowledge. In March 2010, he and his wife, Amy, moved from Vancouver after buying a two-hectare (five-acre) vineyard on a unique and isolated outflow above Okanagan Falls. The anchor variety was Riesling and the remaining varieties were replanted to additional Riesling and Pinot Noir. Initially, the winery was operating as Alto Wine Group, primarily providing winemaking services for wineries and start-ups. In 2012, Synchromesh grew into the primary business operation.
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