With a story that starts in the late 1800s and the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Dirty Laundry Vineyard, and its jaw-dropping gorgeous scenery that produces outstanding wines, has become a world-class destination you can’t afford to miss.
In 2014, over 100,000 people visited Dirty Laundry Vineyard, which is not surprising with the abundance of awards the winery won for its wines and overall experience. Its winning combination of stunning vistas of the Okanagan Lake from its shaded patio, a fun tasting room and the view of the Kettle Valley Railway’s steam engine, make this winery the perfect place to relax and air your “dirty little secrets”.
Starting with being named a top tourist destination in Summerland by TripAdvisor, the winery also earned a 2014 Certificate of Excellence from the travel website for its consistently highly rated reviews. To add to its list of accolades, Dirty Laundry Vineyard was also voted as the 2014 “Best Place to Taste Wines” by the readers of Okanagan Life magazine.
If you aren’t tempted by the allure of its picturesque patio and memory of a steam engine’s whistle, a taste of Dirty Laundry’s wines might tip the scales. The vineyard’s new winemaker, Mason Spink has harnessed his talents in making quality wines turning Dirty Laundry’s grapes into approachable reds and just-sweet-enough whites. Notably, the winery took home numerous awards from the 2014 Rocky Mountain Wine Festivals in Calgary and Edmonton. Again voted by the visiting public, the winery won “Best New World – White” for its 2013 Woo Woo Gewürztraminer in Calgary and “Best New World – Red” for its 2013 Dangerous Liaison in both cities.
The winery was also very successful at the 2014 All Canadian Wine Championships in Ontario. Both the 2013 Threadbare Gewürztraminer and the 2012 Not So Knotty Chardonnay won Gold at the event, while the 2013 Say Yes Pinot Gris took home Silver. At the 2014 Northwest Wine Summit, the winery won again with 2013 Say Yes Pinot Gris and the 2013 Secret Affair, with each wine earning Gold in their categories.
For your spring wine tour, starting April 1, we will be open seven days a week, from 10-5 pm. July & August we are open 10-6 pm.
~ Laura Lushington