Since 1949 the van Roechoudt family has been growing apples on Dorenberg Orchards. Today, our award-winning Ambrosias, Gala and Sunrise apples reflect decades of family wisdom blended with the latest agricultural techniques. Overlooking Okanagan Lake, we are located 30 minutes north of Kelowna in Lake Country, British Columbia, Canada.
Together with our annual crew we handpick our apples, selecting for ideal colour, maturity and size. Apple harvest starts in August, with Sunrise, running through mid-October with the end of Ambrosia. As the van Roechoudt family has done for three generations, we still ship our apples to the local cooperative packinghouse, where they’re sold under the BC Tree Fruits label.
Ever since Louis van Roechoudt pioneered the dwarf trellis system in the Okanagan, our family has embraced innovative growing methods, management systems, and varieties. We were one of the first orchards to cultivate the new Ambrosia apple back in the 1990s and are one of the largest growers in BC.
Today with the growth of the Okanagan as a wine region, Dorenberg Orchards has converted 10 acres to Riesling and Pinot Auxerrois wine grape production on our steepest slope. Our first harvest was in 2010. Grapes are harvested between late October and early November and are shipped to our neighbours at Gray Monk Estate Winery.