It’s been busier this summer than last year with our new picnic area open,” enthuses Marina Knutson, proprietor at Spierhead Winery in Kelowna. “We’ve had lots of visitors from BC of course and the Prairies—most from Alberta. Also Quebec and Ontario. We’ve had international guests from the UK, Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic, and particularly the Netherlands.”

Spierhead will continue to draw flocks of visitors this fall. “It’s the perfect time,” says Marina. “Bring a picnic and enjoy it with some of our wine.” Spierhead recently underwent a huge landscaping project that included a new road, entranceway and gate. “The area is perfect for small events like family reunions and corporate functions.”

Foodie Fridays, held the first Friday of each month at Spierhead 3pm to 6pm, continue through September and October. Visitors get to try Spierhead wines with tasty treats provided by local restaurants. The September 4th event will feature food from the Italian restaurant Il Travolino, and the October 2nd event, which happens to be during Fall Wine Festival, showcases Indian offerings from Poppadoms.

Spierhead will also be pouring their wines at the Festival WestJet Wine Tastings Friday, October 2nd and participating in Passport to Kelowna’s Fab Five program during the Festival. Check for more information.

The weekly Saturday wine seminars and tastings will continue at Spierhead until the end of October. Perhaps the biggest news besides having recently won some prestigious awards for their wines is Spierhead’s September bottling of its 2014 vintage of Pinot Noir. “This is very exciting because we have been sold out of Pinot Noir since early July,” says Marina. “It’s our most popular wine.”

~ Dona Sturmanis