The hot-tempered peaks of the Okanagan may lie dormant now, but that doesn’t stop them from producing some delicious bounty. Volcanic Hills Estate Winery, in the shadow of Mt. Boucherie, has captured some of this molten excellence.
As the days get shorter and the evenings cool down, there’s nothing like a little volcanic activity to keep you warm. The 2011 Eruption Bordeaux-style red blend is perfectly suited to the task. Bright and rich on the nose, this wine hits the palate with ripe dark fruit and softer plum jam flavours, complemented by a touch of cocoa that comes from 24 months in barrel. Sultry in colour and medium-bodied, it’s an ideal accompaniment to the Okanagan autumn harvest, and a great way to add comfort to a winter’s night.
Autumn is a rewarding time to visit Volcanic Hills; the Fall Wine Fest brings a bubbling of activity. On October 2nd, don’t miss the winery’s open house (12-4). Held in the state-of-the art facility, with flowing views to Okanagan Lake, the afternoon event will include complimentary tastings and tours. Check the website for tour times.
Mid-October, the winery once again hosts a popular concert by the Kelowna Folk Club. Volcanic Hills award-winning wines, perfectly paired to Blu Saffron Bistro’s fare, ensure a delectable and explosive evening (tickets available online at or in the wine shop).
The volatility continues into the holiday season. On December 4th, catch the Westside Wine Trail’s Sip into the Season. Volcanic Hills joins in the celebration by showcasing local artisans and crafters in its spacious, welcoming tasting room. (Hint, hint– heat up your holiday gift giving with wines from Volcanic Hills’ award-winning portfolio!)
‘Tis the season to seek out warmth. Happily, we need only look as far as West Kelowna, where the talented crew at Volcanic Hills keep their vineyard’s fevered magic in a bottle.

(pictured: proprietor Bobby Gidda with winemaker Daniel Bontorin)

~ Abbey Westbury