Hillside Winery and Bistro may rest upon a magnificent slope, but this Okanagan gem couldn’t be more approachable.  The talented team behind this farm gate operation offers visitors a quintessential wine country drinking and dining experience.

It’s easy to be captivated by this place.  This hillside has produced fruit for over a century, but none so lovingly as the rolling rows of vines that have been cultivated here for more than 30 years. Lush and bountiful, the vineyard provides a striking backdrop to the graceful winery building and painstakingly landscaped surrounds. It beckons you to visit. That allure is powerful at the indoor/outdoor Bistro, as well.

This spring, Hillside is buzzing with excitement as the talented Brent Pillon (Hillside’s chef de cuisine, pictured) climbs into his new role as executive chef. It’s an easy transition for Pillon; he has a flavourful, uncomplicated approach to food and a charming enthusiasm befitting this welcoming eatery. Showcasing Hillside’s diverse collection of wines, Pillon creates dreamy pairings from fresh local, sustainable ingredients. The highly lauded restaurant re-opens March 23rd, 11-8 daily (limited-yet-delectable menu available from 2-5). Make a date to visit this spring for the enchanting Easter weekend brunch, as well as special Mother’s Day and Father’s Day events.

Meanwhile, everyone at Hillside is busy accruing a small mountain of accolades. The latest additions to the list: Open Table has listed the Bistro among the Top 100 Outdoor Restaurants in Canada, and the Globe and Mail recently awarded 91 points to Hillside’s 2013 Malbec-Merlot.

With remarkable meals, an extensive selection of premium wines, and abundance of appeal, be assured that a visit to Hillside is anything but an uphill climb.

~ Abbey Westbury