It’s as if the god of wine Bacchus was present to tempt you with his treasures as you walk by the vineyards to enter the Tuscan ambiance of the restaurant. Burnt-orange hues of Autumn sunlight cast radiance and shadows on plump grape clusters of purple, red, gold and green, awakening your appetite. As you peruse Terrafina’s seasonal menu featuring the freshest of farm-to-table ingredients you’ll be confident that your hunger will be superbly sated. Celebrate a special occasion or cap off a country drive with an Italian-inspired Sunday brunch, starting October 19 until January 1.

(pictured:Les Dames Summerdine event was spectacular amongst the vines at Terrafina.)

With the fall wine festival, comes the third annual Garlic Festival hosted by Terrafina and Hester Creek Estate Winery, October 4, 11 am to 4 pm. Last year, more than 1,600 people strolled the grounds and tasting rooms of Hester Creek to sample all things wine and garlic related. This family-friendly event that showcases food vendors, growers, producers and the abundance of the Valley raises money for the Oliver Elementary School’s lunch program. For information on it and festival events such as the Winemaker’s Dinner and Tuscan Dinner see

Terrafina owner April Goldade reflects on the bustling summer, “We are blessed with so many talented women in this Valley’s hospitality industry and having Chef Jenna Pillon at the forefront of our successful season, we felt privileged to be part of Summerdine. In support of Les Dames d ‘Escoffier – BC Chapter, we joined 40 restaurants, vineyards and cooking schools from all around BC to donate a ‘table’ in the private vineyard for a concurrent food-and-wine-paired dinner party. Jenna was a Les Dame Scholarship recipient in 2010 for her Culinary program studies.”

Now, as the pace slows for another season, it’s a perfect time to enjoy Terrafina’s Old World charm and experience the fall menu. Winter hours starting November 2 are 11:30 am to 9 pm, Wednesday through Saturday; 10 am to 4 pm, Sunday brunch; and closed Monday and Tuesday.

~ Roslyne Buchanan