It’s not a secret that the Okanagan gets hot in the summer and wineries often make small batches of rosé to sell as a summer specialty for their wine shops. Adega’s western-facing Osoyoos location means that they have one of the hottest patios in the valley – literally. So it’s no surprise that Adega’s Rosé has been a huge hit with visitors. A few years ago, their Rosé was still technically supposed to be available into the summer, but was gone by late June forcing them to release the next vintage, that also sold out! “That Rosé actually made it to the first week in September last year,” explained Adega co-owner Pamala Farinha, “which was a first.” This year’s Rosé has already been released and is ready for the summer’s heat. But… “If you want it, you’ll have to come and get it – soon,” said Pamala.

It’s more than just winery visitors appreciating Adega’s wines. Some of their wines were recently awarded some serious hardware. Both the Merlot and the Malbec from 2012 took home Silver medals from the 2016 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition in New York. However the big winner was the Quarteto Tinto, which brought home Canada’s only Double-Gold medal for a red wine. It is a Bordeaux-inspired Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant blend with Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec. It is one of the most consistent wines of its type in BC, a fact that is attributed to their amazing southwest sloping vineyards and farming techniques.

Look for both the Rosé and the Quarteto Tinto this summer at Adega and enjoy both with specialty foods from their deli fridge on their shaded patio all summer long.

~ Luke Whittall