The gang at Adega on 45th (pictured: Team Adega (L-R) Fred, Pamala, Maria & Alex).

Is excited about the coming wine touring season. The “gang” of course is Adega owners Maria and Alex Nunes, and Pamala and Fred Farinha. They have reached cruising altitude now with their winery and are clearly enjoying every moment of it. But the final piece of the puzzle will be falling into place this year.

That piece is the patio, which will soon be closer to completion with tiled floor and a pergola for shade, a valuable commodity during the heat of summer in Osoyoos. Food items will also be available for sale from a new deli fridge in the wineshop. As visitors to Adega’s wineshop already know, it’s a beautiful location and the addition of the completed patio will be the icing on the cake.

Of course nothing helps you enjoy that patio on a hot day better that a chilled glass of white wine. Spring is the time for new releases and Adega will be starting out the year with their 2013 Felicidade, their most popular white blend. Along with their other whites – Chardonnay, Viognier, and Pinot Gris – the new Felicidade will be right at home on the patio overlooking the vineyards.

The much-anticipated release of the Portao da Adega, their fortified Port-style wine, is scheduled for May. A blend of reds aged for approximately 3 years, this wine is available only in 375ml bottles. It sold out quickly last year so make sure to pick up your bottle early if you can.

The annual Customer Appreciation Day will be taking place again on Father’s Day, June 15th and will be featuring food pairings and live music on the patio. Ask about the benefits of their wine club, “The A-List Club” while you are there.

~ Luke Whittall