ClosduSoleil

Sunshine and fun times kick off this year’s wine season at Clos du Soleil. What used to be a well-kept secret has now become a signature destination in the Similkameen Valley. With the spectacular views and intimate atmosphere, it’s no wonder visitors like to while away the hours in the tranquil surroundings, sampling the award-winning wines. This year, guests can enjoy an enhanced tasting room experience as they kick back with a picnic at the vineyard. Picnic tables, parasols, and pleasant conversation are all part of a European paysan wine experience where quality wine is the beginning of good times…

Adega

Team Adega has announced that two new wines will be making their debut this spring! Their first-ever Riesling is scheduled for bottling in April so visitors to the winery can look for this special new wine around the beginning of the Spring Wine Festival. Only 300 cases of the Riesling were made for this first 2016 vintage. The second wine is a single-varietal Cabernet Sauvignon, which will fit right in with the winery’s portfolio of bold red wines like Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Coming from the stunning 2014 vintage, this Cabernet Sauvignon has been resting in bottle for a number…

Desert Hills

The desert hills which line the town of Oliver come alive in the spring with sage and flowers. This changing of the season brings with it the return of songbirds to the desert’s hills, and the release of the much anticipated 2016 vintage to Desert Hills Winery. Built atop a low ridge on Oliver’s Black Sage Road, and looking out over the valley below. Desert Hills has grown quite literally out of its very namesake through the hard work and vision of the Toor brothers – Randy, Jessie, and Dave. As was always envisioned by the Toor brothers, the wines…

Gehringer

For owner and winemaker Walter Gehringer, the 2016 vintage was one that will produce amazing aromatic wines. The Ehrenfelser, Gewürztraminer-Schönburger, and Sauvignon Blanc all exemplify this. In the vineyards, the 2016 vintage was similar to the 2015, but was slightly earlier in its start. Late spring and early summer saw days with high temperatures followed by days with lower temperatures. “Even with the ups and downs,” explains Walter, “the momentum of the fruit didn’t slow down.” By the end of July, they were back on track with the 30-year average for heat units to that point. In his extensive experience…

Hidden Chapel - 3 Bottles

The winter winds have finally subsided and as the snow thaws, the spring season always seems to bring with it a few new surprises. Such is the case this year at Hidden Chapel Winery who will be unveiling, in addition to their new vintages, their first Sparkling Rosé this year! The predominately Syrah-based bubbly, a distinctive take on this classical style, is effervescent with hints of strawberries and cranberries. Not to mention perfectly timed for popping the cork and celebrating the season’s return! Those still unfamiliar with the winery are especially encouraged to visit this favourite hub of locals and…

Riverstone

River Stone Estate Winery owners Ted and Lorraine Kane have taken time over the winter, as most winery owners do, to evaluate the previous year’s vintage and make plans for the next one. Assistant Manager Julie Planiden reports that the 2016 season was extremely busy. Growing demands for their wines has resulted in all of their whites, the Malbec Rosé, and some of the red wines selling out before the end of the season. The vineyard was even used as a location for a filming a movie at the peak of the busy season. Early assessments of the 2016 vintage…

OliverTwist

The party is just getting started at Oliver Twist! Owner and winemaker Gina Harfman and new wine shop manager Tammie Betts are anticipating excellent turnouts on the many special days that they have planned throughout the coming year. Oliver Twist will host a Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, March 11th. There will be wine specials, tasty treats, and contests galore to go along with the normally beautiful spring Okanagan weather. It is rare for wineries to be hosting events on this scale so early in the year but there is a reason for that. “We have always had a lot…

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John and Maria Ferreira fulfilled their shared lifelong dream in establishing it and their family is engaged in key roles in Quinta Ferreira’s success. Son Michael is winemaker, daughter Nicole oversees sales and marketing in the Lower Mainland, and daughter Christina heads marketing and communications. As resident artist, Carmen Tome is found in the Wine Shop offering tastings and sales. Winery greeters include canine family Duke, Rex and Daisy. Christina recalls that first day, “Our tasting room wasn’t quite ready so we had a table set-up among the tanks and sold wine out of the cases. It was a few…

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This year, Culmina Estate Winery will be releasing their highly anticipated 2013 vintage of Hypothesis, their flagship Bordeaux style blend. The 2013 vintage will be their third release of this superbly crafted wine from the Golden Mile Bench south of Oliver. In keeping with owners Don and Elaine Triggs’ philosophy on quality, this vintage has been held back until it is ready. “We’re feeling like it’s getting really close,” explains daughter Sara Triggs. “We wanted to hold it back until we’re sure it’s ready.” The consensus between everyone at the Culmina is that it will be ready by the fall.…

Fairview

“That’s what winemaking really is,” says Fairview Cellars owner Bill Eggert pointing to a table of glasses. Each contains samples of wine from the cellar. Sauvignon Blanc is the first wine to be examined today and even though the finished bottle of wine will only have a single varietal’s name on the label, there is still a huge amount of thought and consideration that goes into crafting the wine from various components. Today’s sampling involves Sauvignon Blanc from a stainless-steel tank, a barrel, and Semillon from a barrel. The tank portion was brilliantly aromatic with intense fresh grass, lime, and…