Little Straw is located in West Kelowna, BC and was originally known as Slamka Cellars, which translates to Little Straw.
The Slamka family planted their first vineyard in 1969 with the intention of selling grapes to large commercial wineries. By 1996, the three Slamka sons had successfully established their own winery. Wines vinted from the hot summer grapes of 1994 made up the first commercial releases. A neighbouring parcel of agricultural land was purchased in 1999 so plantings could be expanded.
New vineyard blocks have been added regularly since then, allowing Little Straw to try new varieties and also to grow a given variety on more than one aspect of the land, a practice which can yield additional complexity in a varietal wine. This combination of growing techniques, modern wine making practices, and maturing vines works to create the unique, rewarding taste of the wines.
Lately, some exceptional Sauvignon Blancs have been produced and Little Straw is already well-known for Auxerrois Icewine. The winery lounge was debuted in 2008: the Barrel Top Grill. The Grill offers both indoor and balcony seating during the high season from May to October.
Total production of Little Straw wines is around 4000 cases per year from their estate property.