A short drive off Highway 97 on to the West Kelowna Wine Trail on Boucherie Road, lies the welcome retreat of Volcanic Hills Winery. Appreciate the stress free ample parking lot, the 4,000 square feet of wine and gift shop, with tasting bar for grown-ups and play area for kids. Be at bliss on the sun-drenched patio of equal proportion or in the air-conditioned bistro Blue Saffron, serving modern Mediterranean menu from local farm fresh ingredients.  A true family friendly place to sip and savour some time while in the Okanagan.  Bobby Gidda, owner and proprietor, built this Okanagan chateau from the ground up five years ago. Although the winery might be young, some of the vines he acquired are almost 36 years old. Recently, at the May 2015 Los Angeles International Wine award the 2013 Gamay Noir took home the Gold Medal with a high scoring 92 points across the board.  Not far behind with Silver was the Pinot Gris. Closer to home at the All Canadian Wine Championships, Volcanic Hills achieved two Gold, one Silver and two Bronze.  During the summer months the winery will be open from 10 am untill 8 pm, with a tasting menu of most of the 22 wines in stock to try or take home. Bespoke tours are by appointment only, so Bobby and his team can create a personal experience based on your interests of the winemaking process. Call them at 778-755-5550 and for more information visit the website at volcanichillswinery.com.

~ Anna Jacyszyn